Tom Savage (American football)

Tom Savage (American football)

Tom Savage
Savage with the Pittsburgh Panthers
No. 3 Houston Texans
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-04-26) April 26, 1990
Place of birth: Springfield, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school: Springfield (PA) Cardinal O'Hara
College: Rutgers; Pittsburgh
NFL draft: 2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 135
Career history
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2014
TD–INT: 0–1
Passing yards: 127
QB Rating: 51.9
Stats at

Thomas Benjamin "Tom" Savage (born April 26, 1990) is an American football quarterback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Texans in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Rutgers, Arizona, and Pittsburgh.


  • High school 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
    • Houston Texans 3.1
  • References 4
  • External Links 5

High school

At Cardinal O'Hara High School, Savage was a member of the football team for four years and started at quarterback for three. He threw for 1,355 yards, and 10 touchdowns as a senior.[1]

College career

Savage enrolled at Rutgers University in 2009, and after Rutgers opened the season with a loss to Cincinnati, he was named the starting quarterback. He led the team to a 9-4 record. During his freshman year at Rutgers, Savage passed for 2,211 yards and 14 touchdowns, while throwing only 7 interceptions. In arguably his best game of the year, he completed 14 of 27 passes for a season-high 294 yards and 2 touchdowns against the University of Central Florida in the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl.[2] He was named on the All-American Freshman Team by the Football Writers Association of America.[3]

In 2010, Savage threw for 521 passing yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.[4] Early in the season, he was sidelined by an injury to his hand and replaced with freshman quarterback Chas Dodd. Dodd remained the starting QB based on his performance against Connecticut in his first ever start. On January 8, 2011, Savage announced he would be transferring from Rutgers University.[5] Rutgers granted Savage a conditional release. In February 2011 he announced that he was transferring to Arizona. He would have had to sit out the 2011 season due to NCAA transfer rules but would be eligible to play in 2012.[6]

Late in 2011, Savage announced that he would be leaving Arizona. This move followed the announcement that Arizona had hired Rich Rodriguez as Head Coach. In June Savage announced via his Twitter page that he would be transferring to Pittsburgh where he redshirted in 2012.[7] Savage initially wanted to play at Rutgers again; however a hardship waiver was denied by the NCAA.

On August 14, 2013, Pitt head coach Paul Chryst officially named Savage the starting quarterback for the 2013 season opener against Florida State.[8] For the season he passed for 2,958 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Professional career

Houston Texans

In the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Savage was drafted 135th overall by the Houston Texans. On May 15, 2014, he signed a four-year contract with the team. On December 14th, he got his first regular season appearance after Ryan Fitzpatrick broke his leg against the Colts.[9]

On September 5, 2015, Savage was placed on season ending injured reserve by the Texans.[10]


  1. ^ "Freshman QB Tom Savage ready for Rutgers opener". September 4, 2009. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  2. ^ "Tom Savage Game By Game Stats 2009". Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  3. ^ Luicci, Tom. "Rutgers QB Tom Savage named to Maxwell Award watch list". August 9, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  4. ^ "Tom Savage Stats". Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  5. ^ "QB Tom Savage leaving Rutgers". January 8, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  6. ^ Gimino, Anthony. "Former Rutgers QB Tom Savage plans transfer to Arizona". February 17, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
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External Links

  • Pittsburgh Panthers bio