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March 20, 2011

2011 NFL Draft Prep: Andy Dalton

With the 2011 NFL Draft coming up April 28-30, we thought we'd prep you by taking a look at what some of the top names in the draft are bringing to the table. We start with Andy Dalton. Here's everything you need to know about this former TCU quarterback and more.

Texas Christian University Horned Frogs
Katy, Texas
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 surpassed 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 against eventual national champion Southlake Carroll.

Dalton was given a three-star rating by, who listed him as the nation’s 23rd-best pro-style quarterback and the 98th-best prospect from the state of Texas. listed him as a two-star prospect, ranking him the 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 game action.

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 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 passed for 11 touchdowns over the final five regular season games while leading TCU to a 4-1 record. 

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.

Dalton 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 consecutive 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 quarterback. 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, breaking 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 a 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, the third-most 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 surpassed 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, second only 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 touchdowns 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.

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.

Marketing major…Parents are Greg and Tina Dalton…Born 10/29/87…Resides in Katy, Texas.

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