The file on Matt Schaub
Matt Schaub was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but grew up in West Chester. He played football, basketball and baseball at West Chester East High School. As a three-year starter at quarterback, Schaub set school records for pass completions, yards per game and total yards. In his junior year, the top-rated quarterback in the state completed 101 of 183 passes for 1,397 yards and threw 12 touchdowns. Off the gridiron, Schaub held a 3.85 GPA and scored a 1,200 on the SAT.
Player of the Year
Schaub had his best season for the Virginia Cavaliers in 2002. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference in touchdown passes (28), completions (288) and passing efficiency rating (147.5). In addition, Schaub led the Cavaliers to back-to-back Continental Tire Bowl victories. As a result, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound quarterback was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and became a Heisman Trophy candidate in 2003.
A projected late-round pick, Schaub fell to the Falcons in the 2004 NFL Draft. Atlanta selected him with the 27 pick (90 overall) in the third round. With Michael Vick as the team's starting quarterback, Schaub made only two starts behind center. The backup quarterback was eventually traded to the Houston Texans on March 22, 2007.
Welcome to Houston
In his first season with the Texans, Schaub led the team to a 4-7 record as a starter, completing 66.4 percent of his passes for 2,241 yards. He helped the Texans defeat the Miami Dolphins 22-19 on Oct. 7, 2007, which included both his first career game-winning drive and fourth-quarter comeback.
The Texans traded Schaub to the Oakland Raiders for a sixth-round pick (181 overall) on March 21, 2014. Houston won just two games in the 2013 season, and had the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Schaub appeared in 10 games last season, threw 14 interceptions, and was sacked 21 times.
Matt Schaub was named the Raiders starting quarterback the day he was acquired, but quickly lost the title in a preseason battle with second-round draft pick Derek Carr. Schaub, an overpriced backup earning $8 million, appeared in 11 games and went 5-for-10 for 57 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He was sacked three times.
After signing Christian Ponder to be Derek Carr's new backup, the Raiders released Matt Schaub on Monday, March 16.