Pro Career: Originally drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. Re-signed with Detroit on 7/29/11 as an unrestricted free agent. Signed with Jets as a free agent on 3/16/12 before being traded from New York to Indianapolis on 3/23/12 for a sixth round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Signed a three-year contract with the Cardinals on 3/13/13 as a free agent.
2014: Started eight of nine games played and set career highs with 132 completions, 240 attempts, 1,711 yards and seven TD passes … started three games from Weeks 2-5 when Carson Palmer was out with a shoulder injury and then took over in Week 10 after Palmer’s knee injury and remained the starter until Week 15 when he suffered a knee injury of his own … served as backup QB but DNP vs. SD (9/8) … in his first game action since 2010, started for the injured Carson Palmer and completed 14-of-29 passes for 167 yards @ NYG (9/14); marked first start since 12/19/10 with the Lions, a period of 1,365 days … was 18-of-33 passing for 244 yards and a career-high two TDs vs. SF (9/21); threw TD passes of 24 and 21 yards in the third quarter to John Brown to bring the Cardinals back from a 14-6 halftime deficit to a 23-14 victory; completed 5-of-7 passes for 104 yards and two scores in the third quarter alone; also ran for 16 yards on six carries … completed 11-of-26 passes for 118 yards @ Den (10/5); left the game in the third quarter with a concussion … active as backup QB but DNP in the next four games … with Carson Palmer suffering a season-ending knee injury in the fourth quarter, came on in relief and led four-play, 89-yard TD drive for the go-ahead score vs. StL (11/9); completed all three pass attempts for 85 yards, including the game-winning 48-yard TD pass to John Brown, and had a four-yard run on the drive; finished the game 3-of-5 for 85 yards … threw for a career-high 306 yards and tied career best with two TD passes on 21-of-32 passing vs. Det (11/16); marked first career 300-yard passing game; threw TD passes to Michael Floyd on first two possessions (42 and 12 yards) as Cardinals went on to 14-6 victory; completed passes to 10 different receivers and had six completions of 20+ yards … was 15-of-30 passing for 239 yards and a TD vs. KC (12/7); threw game-winning 26-yard TD pass to Jaron Brown on 3rd-n-18 in the third quarter and then completed two-point conversion pass to John Carlson; also rushed for 17 yards on four carries … completed 12-of-20 passes for 109 yards @ StL (12/11); began the game with eight straight completions; left in the third quarter with a knee injury … inactive (knee) vs. Sea (12/21), @ SF (12/28) and for Wild Card game @ Car (1/3/15).
2013: Served as the backup to Carson Palmer for all 16 games but did not play in his first season with the Cardinals.
2012: In his only season with the Colts, served as the backup to Andrew Luck in all 16 regular season games and the team’s lone postseason matchup.
2011: A reserve QB during his final season with the Lions, was inactive for all 16 regular season games and the team’s lone postseason game.
2010: Appeared in six games with the Lions and went 2-1 in a career-high three starts … completed 69 of 119 pass attempts (58.0%) for 780 yards, four TDs, three INTs and a passer rating of 78.4 … added 18 rushing attempts for 113 yards and a TD … inactive (3rd QB) in the season opener @ Chi (9/12) … DNP in each of the next three games … saw his first action of the season when he entered the game late in the team’s 44-6 victory over the Rams vs. StL (10/10); completed his lone pass attempt for 11 yards … the following week, entered the game when Shaun Hill suffered a broken forearm and threw for 222 yards and a TD @ NYG (10/17); completed 19 of 34 attempts and also ran for 30 yards; TD was an 87-yard strike to Calvin Johnson that was the Lions longest play from scrimmage on the season … DNP the following game @ Was (10/31) … saw action late in the fourth quarter vs. NYJ (11/7) when Matthew Stafford left the game with a shoulder injury … DNP in each of the next three games … made his second career start and completed 16 of 24 pass attempts (66.7%) for 178 yards, a passing TD, a rushing TD and a career-high 102.4 passer rating … made his third career start and earned his first win as a starter the following week vs. GB (12/12); completed 10 of 22 pass attempts for 117 yards, a TD and two INTs; threw game-winning 13-yard TD pass to Will Heller in the fourth quarter; also ran for 44 yards on four attempts … completed 23 of 37 pass attempts for 252 yards in the overtime win @ TB (12/19); threw a TD and posted a passer rating of 91.3; marked his second straight victory as a starter and posted his second career game-winning fourth quarter comeback and second in as many weeks; led scoring drives in the final minute of the first half, regulation and OT; engineered game-tying 58-yard drive with 1:39 left to play in regulation and no timeouts, culminating in a 28-yard FG that tied the score at 20-20; led a nine-play, 63-yard drive in OT that ended in a 34-yard game-winning FG … DNP in each of the final two games of the season.
2009: Appeared in three games and earned his first career start in his third season with the Lions … completed 26 of 51 pass attempts for 259 yards and six INTs on the season … added nine rushing attempts for 33 yards and a TD … earned the Lions 2009 Robert Porcher Man of the Year Award for his community service efforts and was one of 32 finalists for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year … inactive (3rd QB) in each of the first four games … active but DNP vs. Pit (10/11) … saw his first action of the season @ GB (10/18) and completed 5 of 11 pass attempts for 57 yards and two INTs … inactive (3rd QB) in each of the next six games … active but DNP @ Bal (12/13) … entered the game in the second half vs. Ari (12/20) and completed 10 of 19 pass attempts for 72 yards and an INT; ran for 10 yards and a TD on three attempts and led two four quarter game-tying drives against the Cardinals; rushing TD came on a one-yard QB sneak that tied the game in the fourth quarter … made his first career start the following week @ SF (12/27) and completed 11 of 21 pass attempts for 130 yards and three INTs; rushed for 23 yards on six attempts … active but DNP in the season finale vs. Chi (1/3/10).
2008: Saw his first NFL action when he appeared in three games after spending his rookie season on injured reserve … completed 9 of 17 pass attempts for 119 yards and a TD, posting a 95.0 passer rating … inactive (3rd QB) in each of the first four games … active but DNP in the next four matchups … appeared in his first career game when he saw extended playing time vs. Jax (11/9); completed 6 of 8 pass attempts for 94 yards and his first career TD pass; completed a one-yard TD pass to TE John Owens on his first career pass attempt; became just the third NFL QB in 10 years to throw a TD on his first career pass attempt (Matt Ryan-2008 and Michael Bishop-2000); became just the second Lions QB to accomplish the feat (Chuck Long, 1986) … active but DNP @ Car (11/16) … saw limited action in the third quarter and completed 2 of 6 pass attempts before a head injury knocked him out of the game vs. TB (11/23) … inactive (concussion) the following week vs. Ten (11/27) … inactive (3rd QB) vs. Min (12/7) … active but DNP @ Ind (12/14) … saw brief action and completed 1 of 3 pass attempts for 12 yards vs. NO (12/21) … active but DNP in the season finale @ GB (12/28).
2007: Sat out his rookie season after being placed on injured reserve (knee) on 8/3.
College: Appeared in 45 games for the Spartans, including 36 games (29 starts) at QB … appeared in 13 games on special teams as a freshman … completed 543 of 846 pass attempts (64.2%) for 6,524 yards, 42 TDs and 28 INTs during his career … his 64.2 completion percentage established a school record and ranked second all-time in Big Ten history … finished second in MSU history in pass attempts (846), completions (543) and passing yards (6,524) while his 42 TD passes ranked fifth all-time … posted 332 rushing attempts for 1,512 yards and 15 TDs, and his 8,036 total yards of offense were second all-time in Spartans annals … became the first player in school history to complete 60 percent of their passes in three consecutive seasons … established an MSU record with 200+ yards passing in 14 consecutive contests … was a preseason All-America selection as a senior in 2006 and despite suffering multiple injuries, started the team’s first 11 games and completed 164 of 269 pass attempts (60.9%) for 12 TDs and 10 INTs … added 110 carries for 445 yards and five TDs … as a junior in 2005, earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors and was a semi-finalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award after starting every game for the Spartans and completing 236 of 354 pass attempts for 3,077 yards and 22 TDs … his 22 TD passes established a new MSU single-season record while his 236 completions ranked second all-time and his 354 attempts ranked third … became just the second player in school history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season … added 121 carries for 338 yards and four TDs on the ground … as a sophomore in 2004, named Academic All-Big Ten for the second consecutive season and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and media … presented the Governor’s Award as the team’s Most Valuable Player … appeared in 10 games with seven starts at QB and completed 141 of 220 pass attempts (64.2%) for 1,601 yards, eight TDs and six INTs, with his 64.2 completion percentage ranking as the second-best single-season total in MSU history … added 96 rushing attempts for 687 yards and five TDs … earned Academic All-Conference honors and appeared in 13 games on special teams as a freshman in 2003 … saw limited action at QB in four games … led punt coverage unit with 13 tackles on the year … redshirted in 2002.
Personal: Attended Harrison (Farmington Hills, MI) High School where he was a two-year starter who completed 234 of 357 pass attempts for 5,298 yards, 58 TDs and nine INTs while leading the team to back-to-back state titles in 2000 and 2001 … as a senior, was named to the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press dream teams and earned SuperPrep and PrepStar All-America honors after throwing for 2,822 yards and 31 TDs … led the team to a perfect 14-0 record and accounted for three TDs in the Division 3 state title game … as a junior, threw for 2,471 yards and 27 TDs … threw two TD passes and ran for another TD in the state title game … also lettered in baseball as a shortstop and pitcher, batting .561 as a junior … Kinesiology major.