North Carolina QB TJ Yates, The Draft Study

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High School

Yates attended Pope High School

Completed 160 of 289 passes (57 percent) for 2,305 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior, his only year on the football team

Also punted 34 times for 1,237 yards (36.8 avg.) with a long of 68

Also played basketball and averaged 18 points, six rebounds and six assists at small forward.

North Carolina


As mentioned earlier, Yates was a 4-year starter. Zero fumbles lost in career.

ESPN Stats:

Freshman Season, 4-8

  • 4-8 record
  • 365 attempts
  • 59.7% completion
  • 2,655 yards passing
  • 7.3 yards per attempt
  • 14 TDs, 18 INTs

Sophomore Season, 4-2

  • missed 5 games due to non-displaced fracture in left ankle and returned to finish the final regular season game as well as the bowl game (link)
  • 135 pass attempts
  • 60.0% completion
  • 1,168 yards passing
  • 8.7 yards per attempt
  • 11 TDs, 4 INTs

Junior Season, 8-4

  • 350 pass attempts
  • 60.3% completion
  • 2,136 yards passing
  • 6.0 yards per attempt
  • 14 TDs, 15 INTs

Senior Season (2010), 7-5

  • 422 pass attempts
  • 66.8% copmletion
  • 3,418 yards passing
  • 8.1 yards per attempt
  • 19 TD’s, 9 INTs

Along with 7 career rush TD’s and 2 tackles.

Yates has a 1-2 bowl record with the two losses coming at a combined 3 points. One of which was the Meineke Car Care Bowl where WR Hakeem Nicks made this catch.

Yates is nowhere near a top-grade in this or any other draft, however, he does have the potential to be a late round bloomer. It just depends if you’d like to take a chance on a guy that was above average on a bad team. Like I mentioned, he has the potential, but nothing concrete.

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  • Johnny Bratton

    Having witnessed T.J.’s growth over a four year period, I can tell you I would have no problem drafting him in the lat third to mid-fourth round. I think he would be a steal based on his immediate talent level.

    He has leadership abilities, great accuracy, and an NFL caliber long ball. Worked with multiple future NFL recievers and the drama that comes with them.

    It is very important to understand that T.J. progressed each year. Even with the loss of three Wideouts to the NFL he still improved his numbers each year. Good luck T.J. I appreciate the hard work.

    • Brandon Clark

      I agree and it’s too bad it won’t happen for the Jaguars, but his story will be one to follow

      thanks for the comment