Rookie Profile - Week 4
By Jeff Tefertiller
September 27th, 2011

  • Player: Andy Dalton
  • College: TCU
  • Drafted: 2nd round, 35th overall
  • College Stats


    College Highlights

    2010: Second-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2011 NFL Draft ... Manning Award finalist ... Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist ... Bobby Bowden Award finalist ... Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist ... Maxwell Award semifinalist ... one of 15 "Players to Watch" for the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award ... Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year ... honorable-mention All-American ... a unanimous first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection ... was also Academic All-MWC ... finished ninth in Heisman Trophy voting, including four first-place votes ... named TCU's Male Athlete of the Year (Pop Boone Award) ... played in the Senior Bowl ... invited to the NFL Combine ... closed his career as the holder of every major TCU quarterback record ... had a 42-7 record as a starting quarterback, breaking the previous mark of 29 wins held by Slingin' Sammy Baugh (1934-36) ... was also the nation's leader in career victories among active quarterbacks in the 2010 campaign ... became the Horned Frogs' career leader in completions (812), attempts (1,317), completion percentage (61.7), passing yards (10,314) and touchdown passes (71) ... his career interception percentage (2.3) ranked as the third-lowest mark among active quarterbacks in 2010 ... Rose Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player after completing 15-of-23 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 28 yards and a score to help lead TCU to a 21-19 victory over No. 5 Wisconsin ... won his third career bowl game Most Valuable Player award, also earning the honor in the 2007 Texas Bowl and 2008 Poinsettia Bowl ... his 247 total yards were the fourth-best output by a TCU player in a bowl game ... Dalton owns three of the top-six bowl performances in school history in terms of total yards ... ranked fifth in the nation in passing efficiency with a 166.48 rating, his second consecutive season in the top 10 ... threw for a TCU single-season record 27 touchdown passes with just six interceptions ... his 66.1 completion percentage was another TCU single-season mark ... produced three of the top-seven single-game completion percentages in TCU history ... ranked fourth on TCU in rushing with 435 yards on a career-best 5.1 per carry average ... ran for six touchdowns ... Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week (at Utah) ... National Offensive Player of the Week (at Utah) ... earned an Helmet Sticker after his performance versus Baylor ... a three-time Manning Award Star of the Week (Baylor, Wyoming, Utah) ... also a three-time MWC Offensive Player of the Week (Baylor, BYU, Utah) ... completed 21-of-23 passes for 267 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 45-10 win over Baylor ... was 21-of-26 passing for a career-high 355 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 47-7 victory at No. 5 Utah ... completed 67.1 percent (131-of-195) of his passes with 21 touchdowns and just two picks after getting engaged Oct. 6 ... became the Mountain West Conference career leader in total offense (11,925 yards) and plays from scrimmage (1,730) ... finished the season with a touchdown pass in a Mountain West Conference record 21 consecutive games ... his 22 career rushing scores are the most by a quarterback in TCU history while placing seventh overall on the Horned Frogs' all-time list ... totaled 1,611 career rushing yards ... directed a TCU offense that ranked fourth nationally in scoring (41.6 points) ... TCU set single-season school records for touchdowns (73), points scored (541), first downs (327) and total offense (6,199 yards) ... the Horned Frogs scored in all but two quarters in 2010.

    2009: Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year and one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, recognizing the top quarterback in the nation ... received All-America honors from and ... first-team All-MWC ... received votes in Heisman Trophy balloting ... recipient of an Award of Distinction from the Touchdown Club of Columbus (Ohio) ... the Horned Frogs' 12-1 record enabled him to tie Slingin' Sammy Baugh (29, 1934-36) for the most victories by a starting quarterback in TCU history ... ranked eighth in the nation in passing efficiency (151.83) ... closed the season second in TCU history and third among active quarterbacks in the NCAA with a 2.4 interception percentage (24 picks in 1,001 career pass attempts) ... set a TCU single-season record for passing yards with 2,756, enabling him to become the Horned Frogs' all-time leader with 7,457 ... had a career-high 61.6 completion percentage and 23 touchdown passes on the year ... both numbers ranked second for a single season at TCU ... moved into second place on TCU's career chart for completions (603), touchdowns (44) and completion percentage (60.2) ... placed fourth on TCU with a career-high 512 yards rushing (4.4 per carry), pushing him over 1,000 career yards on the ground (1,176) ... a three-time MWC Offensive Player of the Week selection ... received the honor after victories over Clemson, San Diego State and New Mexico ... threw for four scores in the regular-season finale against the Lobos ... the four TD passes tied a career high set in 2008 against Wyoming ... completed 15-of-24 passes for 228 yards against New Mexico while adding 45 yards rushing, including an 8-yard scoring run ... rushed for 86 yards on a career-high 19 carries in a driving rain at Clemson to lead TCU to a 14-10 victory in Death Valley ... also completed 17-of-26 passes for 226 yards in recording a season-best 312 yards of total offense ... passed for two scores and ran for two in a 55-10 win at San Diego State ... threw for 241 yards with three touchdowns in a 38-7 victory over BYU ... had back-to-back games with 75-yard touchdown passes to Antoine Hicks in the BYU and UNLV contests ... also connected with Hicks on a 62-yard scoring strike in the New Mexico game ... threw for a touchdown pass in 12 of 13 games with seven contests of multiple scoring tosses ... had a career-long streak of 127 pass attempts without an interception ... threw for at least 167 yards in each game while topping the 200-yard mark in eight contests ... passed for a season-best 272 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown pass to Curtis Clay in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl ... ran for a season-best 88 yards, three shy of a career high, on 12 attempts in the 45-10 win at Wyoming ... rushed for at least 44 yards in five of the last six games.

    2008: Received his second consecutive bowl game MVP award as he garnered offensive honors in the 17-16 Poinsettia Bowl win over Boise State ... completed 22-of-35 passes for 197 yards ... added 74 yards rushing on 16 carries ... honorable-mention All-Mountain West Conference ... ranked second in the MWC and 33rd nationally in total offense at 243.1 yards per game ... his 2,242 yards passing gave him 4,701 yards in just two seasons, moving him into third place on TCU's career list ... needs just 423 yards to vault past Steve Stamp (5,123, 1978-81) into second ... his 182 pass completions pushed his career total to 404, placing second on TCU's all-time list behind only Max Knake (622, 1992-95) ... completed 59.3 percent of his passes to give him a 59.6 career mark and third place on the Frogs' career list ... had a 9-2 record as TCU's starting quarterback ... did not play against San Diego State and Colorado State due to injury ... completed 60.9 percent (103-of-169) of his passes for an average of 237.3 yards per game with 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions in his six contests since returning from injury ... all 11 of his scoring tosses on the season came in that stretch ... his 2,242 passing yards ranked fourth on TCU's single-season list, while his 59.3 completion percentage was sixth ... the Horned Frogs' third-leading rusher with 432 yards ... ranked second on the team with eight rushing touchdowns ... had a career-long streak of 108 passes without an interception covering a span of five games ... closed the regular season by totaling a career-high 360 yards of offense to go with four touchdowns in a 44-10 win over Air Force ... completed 21-of-27 passes for 321 yards, the third-best total of his career, and two touchdowns ... added 39 yards rushing and scoring runs of 8 and 7 yards against the Falcons ... ran for a career-high and team-best 91 yards in a 31-14 win over Stanford ... was also 20-of-36 passing for 145 yards against the Cardinal ... completed 16-of-22 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns in a 54-7 win over Wyoming ... the four scores were one shy of a single-game TCU record ... added a 1-yard TD run against the Cowboys to leave his five touchdowns accounted for also one short of a Frog single-game mark ... completed 12-of-19 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns in a 32-7 win over BYU ... his performance against the Cougars came after missing the previous two games due to injury ... ran for two scores and a team-best 56 yards in a 26-3 victory at New Mexico ... passed for three touchdowns while adding 52 yards rushing in a 44-14 win at UNLV ... was 11-of-13 (84.6 percent) in the air for 131 yards in limited action against Stephen F. Austin.

    2007: Honorable-mention Freshman All-American by The Sporting News and the Texas Bowl Most Valuable Player ... set TCU single-season records for completions (222) and attempts (371) while placing second in passing yards (2,459), just 165 shy of Max Knake's 1994 mark of 2,624 ... set a TCU freshman passing record while becoming just the fifth quarterback in school history to reach 2,000 yards in a campaign ... his 59.8 completion percentage ranked fourth for a single season at TCU ... threw just two interceptions in his final 96 attempts with one of those picks coming on a Hail Mary ... tied a TCU bowl record for completions as he was 21-of-30 for 249 yards in the 20-13 Texas Bowl win over Houston ... added a 3-yard scoring run for the Frogs' first points of the game ... averaged 52.5 yards rushing on a 5.0 per carry mark, including four touchdowns, over the final four contests ... made his collegiate debut by completing 18-of-30 passes for 205 yards and a 14-yard touchdown toss to Ervin Dickerson in the season-opening 27-0 win over Baylor ... became the fifth-straight quarterback to win his first start under head coach Gary Patterson ... was also the first TCU signal caller in the Patterson era to make his collegiate debut as a starter ... his 320 yards passing at Air Force and 344 at Stanford were the most by a Frog since Tye Gunn had 368 yards in a 48-45 double-overtime win over Northwestern in 2004 ... the 344 yards at Stanford placed eighth on the Frogs' single-game passing list ... completed 23-of-34 attempts against the Cardinal with scoring passes of 70 yards to Jimmy Young and two yards to Aaron Brown ... the toss to Brown came on fourth-and-goal to tie the game with less than 10 minutes to play after the Frogs had trailed by 14 points ... also added a 6-yard scoring run at Stanford ... completed a season-best 29 passes in 45 attempts for two touchdowns at Air Force ... also threw for two touchdowns against Wyoming and New Mexico ... threw for at least two touchdown passes in four games ... just missed a third 300-yard game when he passed for 298 yards while completing 23-of-39 passes in the 45-33 win at San Diego State ... totaled a career-high 358 yards of offense against the Aztecs ... rushed for at least 60 yards in three of the last four games ... led TCU with 60 and 73 yards on the ground versus UNLV and BYU, respectively ... also had 60 yards on nine attempts at San Diego State ... four of his four rushing touchdowns came in the final three games ... ran for a pair of 3-yard scores against the Rebels with a 14-yard touchdown versus the Aztecs ... had a 27-yard reception on a pass from Jeremy Kerley against Utah.

    2006: Redshirted as a true freshman ... was part of the travel squad for the Frogs, serving as the emergency No. 3 quarterback ... did not see game action but was able to acquire valuable experience through being on the road with the team.


    2011 Production To Date

    As with most rookie quarterbacks, you get moments of greatness and moments of uncertainty. Through three games, Dalton has completed 54 of 88 passes for 570 yards. He has thrown three touchdowns and two interceptions, with both picks coming Sunday versus the 49ers. The Bengals lost the game and will have ups and downs as the rookie matures and develops.

    Best Game To Date

    The rookie from Texas Christian has enjoyed one great game and two mediocre contests. In the week two game against Denver, Dalton completed 27 of 41 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns. It was a great performance against a below average defense. But, given the lack of weapons at his disposal, a good outing is something to be excited about.

    Situation In 2011

    Dalton is leading a young and undermanned Bengal offense. The current situation took two big hits last week when Cedric Benson was suspended for the next three games and the Jerome Simpson marijuana incident. Both are big contributors for the Cincinnati offense. Dalton was able to put up big numbers last week against Denver with both troubled players in the lineup. The situation for this year will be tenuous with rookies Dalton and A.J. Green leading the charge. The upside is the chemistry they are building. But, the uncertainty is not good for a rookie passer trying to develop and mature without the benefit of a full training camp.

    Long-term Situation

    Even with the issues for Cincinnati in 2011, the future looks bright for Dalton. The Bengals have young players at tight end (Gresham) and wide receiver (Green) for the red-haired passer to target. If Simpson is in big trouble with the law, it will be a blow. But, Dalton and the young Cincinnati offense looks to be on the right path. As long as Jay Gruden is running the offense, Dalton has a chance for big numbers.

    Potential Upside

    Dalton will continue to have big games, like last week versus Denver, but he is more of a game manager than a gunslinger. For this reason, the Bengals will put him in situations to succeed. Expect Dalton to have Eli Manning-type upside and to flirt with the Top 10 quarterback tier. It is difficult at this time to expect more ... at least until the Bengals give him better weapons to utilize.

    College Profile from


    Dalton is a well prepared player that scans the whole field and makes solid decisions. Has a quick release, a strong arm and is an accurate passer, especially on the run. Has great mobility in the pocket and shows very good instincts as a runner. Extremely productive collegiate career.


    On the shorter side and has a three-quarter delivery which will likely result in a lot of batted passes. Deeper throws will float at times when he does not set his feet. Played in a spread offense and will have to learn a pro style system. Does not always feel pressure in the pocket which nullifies his good mobility.

    Keep An Eye On

    D.J. Williams
    D.J. Williams was an athletic marvel while at Arkansas. He possesses the speed and hands of a wide receiver, but plays the tight end position. Williams slipped in April's NFL Draft and fell all of the way down to the fifth round. The Green Bay Packers were more than happy to scoop him up with the late pick. The Packers have been able to "hit" on athletic tight end picks of late (Finley, Quarless) and Williams is as athletically-gifted as either. The injury history of Finley may open the door for Williams to see the field as a rookie. If so, he could take advantage of the situation. At this time, the youngster needs to improve his blocking and his consistency just to see the field. The tight end position is a difficult one in which to transition to the NFL. So, be patient. Williams could be a star.

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