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The book on: QB Andy Dalton
Texas Christian University Horned Frogs
Katy High School
One of the most prolific passers in Texas Christian University history, Andy Dalton set a Mountain West Conference record with 42 career victories. The signal caller was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior, joining Bradlee Van Pelt of Colorado State (2002-03) as the only players in league history to win the award in consecutive seasons.
Dalton has littered the record books with his name. He shattered Max Hall of Brigham Young's Mountain West Conference record (11,569; 2007-09) by generating 11,925 yards in total offense. He ranks first in Texas Christian annals in attempts (1,317), completions (812), passing yards (10,314) and passing touchdowns (71). His passing yardage and touchdown totals are surpassed only by Max Hall and John Beck of Brigham Young in Mountain West Conference history.
Dalton prepped at Katy High School in Texas. He threw for 3,555 yards, 52 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in his career while completing 52.0 percent of his passes. During his junior season, Dalton led Katy to the Texas 5A quarterfinals while completing 38 of 67 attempts for 678 yards, 10 touchdown and two interceptions.
As a senior, Dalton was named The Houston Chronicle Greater Houston Area Offensive Player of the Year, and was a finalist for both Texas Football 5A Player of the Year and the Touchdown Club Greater Houston Offensive Player of the Year. He was a third-team Texas 5A All-State choice and a Texas Football Player of the Week on several occasions.
Dalton completed 53.4 percent (161 of 254) of his pass attempts in his final season for 2,877 yards with 42 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He led the Tigers to a 14-1 overall record and an appearance in the Texas 5A quarterfinals vs. eventual national champion Southlake Carroll.
Dalton was given a three-star rating by Rivals.com, who listed him as the nation's 23th-best pro-style quarterback and the 98th-best prospect from the state of Texas. Scout.com listed him as a two-star prospect, ranking him as 73rd-best quarterback recruit in the country.
Dalton received football scholarship offers from Texas Christian and Texas-El Paso, but ultimately elected to sign with the Horned Frogs. "Just going up there and visiting, it was awesome," he said. "It's just the right place for me, the coaches are good, the school, and the campus is beautiful. I've got to meet the players and obviously the football team did really good."
Dalton enrolled at TCU in 2006 and retained eligibility as a true freshman by redshirting as a member of the scout team. He was part of the travel squad for the Frogs, serving as the emergency third-string quarterback. He did not see any game action, but was able to acquire valuable experience by being on the road with the team.
In 2007, Dalton became the first signal caller in the Gary Patterson era to make his collegiate debut as a starter. He started every game that season but one, and set a Mountain West Conference freshman record with 2,691 yards in total offense, as he completed 222 of 371 pass attempts for 2,459 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, and added 232 yards and five more scores on 98 carries.
Dalton capped off the season with an appearance in the Texas Bowl vs. Houston. He led the Horned Frogs to a 20-13 victory and was named the game's Most Valuable Player. He also earned a Freshman All-American honorable mention by The Sporting News.
As a sophomore, Dalton started the first five games of the season before suffering a right knee injury vs. Oklahoma. He had relied mostly on his legs and ran for five scores, but failed to throw a touchdown pass in any of those contests.
He returned three weeks later and commenced shredding defenses with his arm. He passed for 11 touchdowns over the final five regular season games while leading TCU to a 4-1 record. "Since Andy came back from his injury, Andy has been like a new quarterback. Injuries sometimes give you a chance to look back and see where you're at and grade yourself. He's done an outstanding job. He's hitting on all cylinders right now," said senior safety Stephen Hodge.
Dalton led the Horned Frogs to their second-straight postseason victory, a 17-16 win over Boise State in the Poinsettia Bowl. He was named the contest's Most Valuable Player, marking his second consecutive MVP honor in a bowl game. He finished the season completing 182 of 307 attempts for 2,242 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions while adding eight scores and 432 yards on 113 carries. His performance earned him an all-conference honorable mention.
He enjoyed a breakout season in 2009, as he earned first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors and was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year. He was also one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, recognizing the top quarterback in the nation. Dalton completed 199 of 323 pass attempts for 2,756 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions while leading TCU to a 12-1 overall record, including an undefeated regular season, before losing to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl. He added 512 yards and three scores on 116 carries.
Dalton built on his success as a junior with an even more impressive senior campaign. The signal caller led his team to a perfect undefeated 13-0 record and capped off the season with a 21-19 win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, marking the school's first ever BCS Bowl victory. He completed 209 of 316 pass attempts for 2,857 yards with 27 touch-downs and six interceptions while adding 435 yards and six more scores on 86 carries (5.06 ypc).
For the second-straight season, Dalton earned first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors and was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year. The decorated quarterback was a finalist for the Manning Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, both of which are presented to the nation's top quarter. He was also a semifinalist for the Maxwell (Most Outstanding Player), Davey O'Brien (Top Quarterback) and Walter Camp Player of the Year Awards.
Dalton started 49 of 50 games at Texas Christian, completing 812 of 1,317 passes (61.66%) for 10,314 yards, 71 touchdowns and 30 interceptions, adding 22 touchdowns on 413 carries for 1,611 yards (3.90 ypc)…Set a Mountain West Conference record with 42 career victories…Added one solo tackle and six punts for 193 yards (32.17 avg)…Also caught one pass for 27 yards…Generated 11,925 yards in total offense, shattering Max Hall's (11,569; 2007-09) Mountain West Conference record…Generated 3,268 yards in total offense in 2009, breaking Jeff Ballard's single-season school mark of 2,817 in 2006…Broke his school record by generating 3,292 yards in total offense in 2010…His 2,691 yards in 2007 set a MWC freshman record and rank fourth on the school's season record chart…His 2,674 yards in 2008 rank fifth on the school's season record chart…Broke Max Knake's school record (7,370; 1992-95) with 10,314 passing yards, as that mark also ranks third in MWC annals behind Max Hall (11,365) and John Beck (11,021) of BYU…His 2,756 passing yards in 2009 broke Knake's single-season mark (2,624; 1994)…Proceeded to top his school record with 2,857 passing yards in 2010…His 1,317 passes attempted set a new school career record, surpassing Knake's old record of 1,001…His 371 attempts in 2007 also broke Knake's single-season mark of 369 set in 1995…His 719 completions shattered Knake's career mark of 622…His 222 completions in 2007 broke Knake's season mark of 207 set in 1993…Completed 61.66 percent of his passes, breaking Ballard's previous school record of 61.11 percent (2003-06)...Completed 66.14 percent of his pass attempts in 2010, topping Ballard's single-season mark (61.9; 2006)…Has had just 2.28 percent of his passes intercepted, ranking second to Ballard (2.2) on TCU's career list…Had 1.6 percent of his attempts intercepted in 2008, placing second to Brandon Hassell (1.4; 2004) on the school's single-season list…Threw 71 career touchdown passes, breaking Knake's school record of 49 while ranking third in MWC history behind Max Hall (94; 2007-09) and John Beck of BYU (79; 2003-06)…Threw 23 touchdown passes in 2009, surpassed only by Knake's 24 in 1994 on TCU's single-season record chart…Proceeded to break his record with 27 touchdown pass in 2010…Dalton was responsible for 93 touchdowns, shattering the previous mark set by LaDainian Tomlinson (54; 1997-00)…Responsible for 26 touch-downs in 2009, breaking Knake's single-season school record of 25…Proceeded to top his school record for touchdown responsibility with 33 touchdowns in 2010.
Unanimous All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection…Chosen as the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year, joining Bradlee Van Pelt as the only players in league history to win the award in consecutive seasons…Semifinalist for the Maxwell (Most Outstanding Player), Davey O'Brien (Top Quarterback) and Walter Camp Player of the Year Awards…Finalist for the Manning Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, both presented to college football's top quarterback…Earned MWC Offensive Player of the Week honors vs. Baylor, Brigham Young and Utah…Started all 13 games, leading the team to a perfect 13-0 record…Completed 209 of 316 pass attempts (66.14%) for 2,857 yards, 27 touchdowns and six interceptions…Scored six times on 86 carries for 435 yards (5.06 ypc), as he rushed for 28 first downs and converted 12 of 26 third-down carries (46.15%)…131 of 209 pass completions (62.68%) went for first-downs, converting 30 of 67 third-down attempts (44.78%)…114 of his pass completions (54.54%) went for gains of at least 10 yards, including 44 that went for 20 yards or more (21.05%)…37 of 316 pass attempts (11.71%) resulted in a sack, pass deflection or interception…Averaging 219.77 aerial yards per game, ranking fourth in the Mountain West Conference and 43rd nationally…Leads the conference with a pass efficiency rating of 166.48, also ranking fifth in the nation…Averaging 253.23 yards in total offense per game, placing second in the MWC and 35th nationally…Broke Jeff Ballard's single-season school record (61.9; 2006) by completing 66.14 percent of his passes…Dalton also topped his TCU records for pass yards (2,756; 2009), passing touchdowns (23; 2009) and yards in total offense (3,268; 2009).
First-team All-Mountain West Conference selection…Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year…Finalist for the Manning Award (Top Quarterback)…Recipient of an Award of Distinction from the Touchdown Club of Columbus (Ohio)…Earned MWC Offensive Player of the Week honors vs. Clemson, San Diego State, New Mexico…Started all 13 games, leading the team to a 12-1 record…Completed 199 of 323 pass attempts (61.61%) for 2,756 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions…Scored five times on 116 carries for 512 yards (4.41 ypc), as he rushed for 35 first downs and converted 6 of 18 third-down attempts…126 of 199 pass completions (63.32%) went for first-downs, converting 32 of 83 third-down attempts and 3 of 4 fourth-down tosses…105 of his pass completions (52.76%) went for gains of at least 10 yards, including 43 that went for 20 yards or more (21.61%)…41 of 323 pass attempts (12.69%) resulted in a sack, pass deflection or interception…Generated 3,268 yards in total offense, breaking Jeff Ballard's single-season school mark of 2,817…His 2,756 passing yards broke Max Knake's single-season school record (2,624; 1994)…Completed 61.6 percent of his pass attempts, topped only by Ballard (61.9; 2006) on the school's single-season record chart…Threw 23 touchdown passes, surpassed only by Knake's 24 in 1994 on TCU's single-season record chart…Responsible for 26 touchdowns, breaking Knake's single-season school record of 25.
All-Mountain West honorable mention selection…Poinsettia Bowl Most Valuable Player… Started 11 games and led the team to a 9-2 record, missing contests vs. San Diego State and Colorado State with an injured right knee…Completed 182 of 207 pass attempts (59.28%) for 2,242 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions…Scored eight times on 113 carries for 432 yards (3.82 ypc)…Had just 1.6 percent of his attempts intercepted, placing second to Brandon Hassell (1.4; 2004) on the TCU's single-season record list… Generated 2,674 yards in total offense, ranking fourth on the school's season record chart, as that total is the eighth most in MWC history by a sophomore quarterback…His 360 yards in total offense vs. Air Force rank eighth on the school's single-game record list.
Freshman All-American honorable mention by The Sporting News…Texas Bowl Most Valuable Player…Started 12 of 13 games and led the team to an 8-5 record…Completed 222 of 371 pass attempts (59.84%) for 2,459 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions… Scored five times on 98 carries for 232 yards (2.37 ypc)…His 2,691 yards in 2007 set a WAC freshman record and rank third on the TCU's season record chart…His 358 yards vs. San Diego State rank 10th on the school's single-game record chart…His 371 attempts also broke Max Knake's single-season mark of 371 set in 1995…His 222 completions broke Knake's season mark of 207 set in 1993…His 29 completions vs. Air Force ranks sixth on the school's single-game record list.
Red-shirted as a true freshman…Part of the travel squad for the Frogs, serving as the emergency third-string quarterback, but did not see game action.
2008 Season…Missed games vs. San Diego State (10/4) and Colorado State (10/11) after suffering a right knee injury vs. Oklahoma (9/27)…Returned to action vs. BYU (10/16).
CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
4.96 in the 40-yard dash…1.71 10-yard dash…2.86 20-yard dash…4.04 20-yard shuttle…
7.22 three-cone drill…28-inch vertical jump…8'5" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds xx times…30 ¾-inch arm length…9 ½-inch hands.
Attended Katy High School (Tex.), playing football for head coach Gary Joseph…During his career, Dalton amassed 3,555 yards, 52 touchdowns and 17 interceptions while hitting on 52.0 percent of his passes…Completed 38 of 67 (56.72%) for 678 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions as a junior while leading Katy to a 12-2 record and an appearance in the Texas 5A quarterfinals...Led Katy to a 14-1 record and the Texas 5A finals as a senior while completing 161 of 254 pass attempts (63.39%) for 2,877 yards, 42 touchdowns and 15 interceptions…Named The Houston Chronicle Greater Houston Area Offensive Player of the Year...Finalist for both Texas Football 5A Player of the Year and the Touchdown Club Greater Houston Offensive Player of the Year...Third-team Texas 5A All-State and a 5A Texas Football Region 3 Player of the Week…Posted the highest quarterback rating in the district as a junior and senior...Named to Max Emfinger's National Super 100 Play-makers…Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, as that recruiting service listed him as the 23rd¬-best pro-style passer in the country and 98th-best prospect in the state of Texas…Given a two-star rating by Scout.com, as that recruiting service ranked him as the nation's 73rd-best quarterback prospect….Chose to attend TCU over a scholarship offer from UTEP.
Marketing major…Parents are Greg and Tina Dalton…Born 10/29/87…Resides in Katy, Texas.
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