May 10, 2014
PITTSBURGH—Pitt's success in the 2014 NFL Draft continued on Saturday afternoon when quarterback Tom Savage was selected in the fourth round by the Houston Texans.
Savage becomes the highest drafted Pitt quarterback since the legendary Dan Marino was a first-round selection of the Miami Dolphins in 1983.
Savage is the first Pitt quarterback drafted overall since Alex Van Pelt in 1993 (eighth round to the Pittsburgh Steelers).
In his lone season of eligibility at Pitt, Savage (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) threw for 2,958 yards and 21 touchdowns against just nine interceptions. He completed 61% of his passes (238 of 389) and also rushed for three TDs. Savage’s 2,958 passing yards rank fifth on Pitt's single-season list.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound quarterback produced one of the finest single-game passing efforts in school history in Pitt's 58-55 win at Duke. He completed nearly 70% of his throws (23 of 33) for 424 yards and tied an ACC record with six touchdown passes. Savage’s passing yardage vs. Duke was the most at Pitt since 1997 and ranks fourth in school history.
Savage has readily credited his work with Pitt head coach Paul Chryst, a renowned mentor of quarterbacks, for rekindling his game.
"Coach Chryst made football fun again for me," Savage said.
Savage becomes the second Pitt player taken in the 2014 NFL Draft. All-America defensive tackle Aaron Donald was taken in the first round (13th overall) by the St. Louis Rams on Thursday evening.
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