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Why Not T.J. Yates?

A nice feature from Fox NFL Sunday on former UNC QB T.J. Yates as he prepared to make his first start for the Houston Texans.

Yates was thrust into the starting role when Matt Schaub injured his foot and backup Matt Leinert broke his collarbone last week. Yates filled in for Leinert to close out a win over Jacksonville. This past Sunday vs the Falcons, Yates started and performed well going 12-25 for 188 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs as Houston won their sixth straight.

It has been an interesting journey for Yates who once was booed in the Dean Dome during the "I Am a Tar Heel" video and had objects thrown out him leaving the field following a game during his junior season. When all hell broke loose with the NCAA and UNC suffered through massive attrition from player suspensions and every running back on the roster save Hunter Furr being injured, Yates was rock solid during the 2010 season throwing for over 400 yards multiple times and eventually setting career passing mark at UNC.

Yates has always been a stand-up guy and it is great to see him get a shot on the NFL level.