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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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