Houston Texans quarterback, and former Virginia Cavaliers star (and Coupe's patron) Matt Schaub has been named to his first Pro Bowl appearance. The news comes after the NFL announced that Tom Brady has pulled out of the Pro Bowl after battling all season with rib and finger injuries.
Schaub completed 396 of 583 passes for 4,770 yards, which was the most completed passes, most attempted passes, and most yards in the league. He ranked fourth with a 67.9 completion percentage and seventh with a 98.6 passer rating. He threw for 29 touchdowns, including the game-winner in Houston's 34-27 victory over New England in the final regular season game. He had only 15 interceptions on the year.
Frankly, this writer was not the only one surprised that Schaub, this year's sleeper fantasy QB pick, was not selected for the Pro Bowl to begin with, given his remarkable success not just relative to his own career, but to his colleagues' as well.
While at Virginia, Schaub broke at least 23 school records, including virtually every major passing record (single-game, season and career). With a .670 career completion percentage, he finished as one of the most accurate passers not only at Virginia, but in ACC history. His Virginia statistics included school career records for yards passing (7502), touchdown passes (56), completions (716), attempts (1069), completion percentage (.670), 300-yard games (8), and 200-yard games (20).
Schaub was the 2002 ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, the 2003 Continental Tire Bowl Most Valuable Player, and two-time All-ACC Academic Football Team.
Schaub competed as a graduate student in 2003 after receiving his undergraduate degree in economics in May 2003. He received UVa's John Acree Memorial Trophy, given to the football player who exemplifies the highest qualities of leadership, cooperative spirit, and unselfish service, and the Ben Wilson Award as UVa's most outstanding offensive player following his senior season.