2017 NFL Draft

B.J. Coleman, QB

School: Chattanooga  |  Conference: SOUTH
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 232 lbs.
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04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 7/243 - B.J. Coleman, QB, 6-3, 222, Tennessee-Chattanooga...Confident small-school product has the tools to make it at the next level, and training with Packers legend Brett Favre this winter doesn't hurt. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - The culminating pick of Coleman in the seventh round gave the Packers a quarterback in the draft for the first time since 2008, when they took Louisville's Brian Brohm in the second round and LSU's Matt Flynn in the seventh round. Flynn beat out Brohm from the get-go and served as Aaron Rodgers' top understudy for four seasons. Flynn became an unrestricted free agent this offseason and signed with the Seattle Seahawks for a chance to start. Coleman joins holdover Graham Harrell and fellow first-year player Nick Hill in the competition for the backup spots. McCarthy indicated the team isn't in the market to add a veteran to the quarterback mix. "He was clearly the most excited young man on the phone of the eight (draft picks)," McCarthy said of Coleman. "He told me that's the best pick we ever made in Green Bay. I said, 'We've had some pretty good quarterbacks here.'" An eager Coleman counts himself fortunate to have already worked with one of those Packers quarterback greats. Coleman has the same agent (Bus Cook) as the retired Brett Favre, and the two trained together at a high school in Favre's hometown of Hattiesburg, Miss., in January and February as Coleman prepared for the draft. "Every second I was with him, you could learn something new," Coleman said. "He's one of the best. He'll go down as one of the greatest. ... What a great experience." The 6-foot-3, 222-pound Coleman was a three-year starter at Tennessee-Chattanooga after he transferred from Tennessee, where he became dissatisfied after playing sparingly as a redshirt freshman. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - Green Bay closed the draft with a pair of seventh-round compensatory picks, which couldn't be traded. The selection of Florida State offensive tackle Andrew Datko (No. 241) snapped the Packers' unprecedented streak of taking defensive players with their first six picks in this year's draft. Green Bay concluded its draft two picks later by taking Tennessee-Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers didn't mind the run on players to add to his unit. Last year, Capers watched Thompson go exclusively with offense (three players) the first two days of the draft and take only one defensive player in Green Bay's first six picks. "It just tells you, that patience is a virtue," Capers said. "Last year was a long draft, all right, so this year's been obviously, I think, a good, productive draft for us in terms of being able to get players at all three levels of our defense." Head coach Mike McCarthy, the play caller for the offense, was OK with all but the final moments of this year's draft being devoted to the defense. The Packers don't have any glaring holes with their explosive offense, having replaced departed Pro Bowl center Scott Wells with veteran free agent Jeff Saturday early in the offseason. "For Ted to trade up three times in one draft was fun," McCarthy said. "It was fun to sit next to him and watch him growl through it. It was important to trust your board." Since the league merger in 1970, the most consecutive defensive players the Packers selected at the outset of a draft was four - in 1984, 1999 and 2003. - The Sports Xchange

04/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT TOP QUARTERBACKS: B.J. Coleman, Tennessee-Chattanooga, 6-3, 233...An imposing physical specimen, Coleman has natural leadership skills that are evident on the field and around the locker room. He is capable of doing everything necessary to be a pro QB, but needs to learn how to do it and when to do it. Think of him in terms a very raw Brett Favre, who was pretty raw himself when he came out of Southern Mississippi. Coleman was considered one of the top prep quarterbacks in the nation when he selected Tennessee. But after seeing too little action, he transferred to Chattanooga, where his father Byron played (1977-80) with Russ Huesman, now the team's head coach. After playing in only three games for the Vols, Coleman started 32 at Chattanooga and took advantage of the small-school competition to generate great statistics, but not enough experience against top players to help him improve. He is mobile for his size and has an arm that is so powerful that he needs to learn how to control it. He wasn't able to throw at the combine because of a broken pinky finger, but he wowed the teams that watched him at his pro day. For his career, Coleman completed 583 of 1,016 passes for 6,892 yards, 52 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. He ran for seven more scores and even pooch punted a few times. But if some team wants to take advantage of his ample abilities, it will require time and patience to coach him up to an NFL-caliber quarterback. Perhaps it was with that in mind that he selected agent Bus Cook, who also represented Favre. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/03/2012 - Numerous NFL scouts and quarterback coaches, as well as a few hundred onlookers, watched former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman perform Monday during the Mocs' pro day. Coleman was unable to throw at the NFL combine in February because of a broken pinkie, but he was sharp on a warm, sunny morning at Finley Stadium. Throwing to former UTC and McCallie teammate Joel Bradford and former Red Bank and Tennessee Tech receiver Tim Benford, among others, Coleman completed his first 15 passes and finished 34-of-43, including two drops. "I felt very polished, very solid," Coleman said. "It feels like a burden has been lifted off, and it feels good to have thrown. Now I'll look forward to the next step." That next step should be some individual workouts for teams. Coleman's agent, Bus Cook, said nothing has been scheduled. The NFL draft is April 26-28. Among the 18 scouts and coaches present were representatives from the Broncos, Titans, Falcons, Giants, Patriots, Steelers and Saints. The Steelers, Falcons, Bears, Seahawks, Dolphins and Vikings all had quarterback coaches present. - John Frierson, The Chattanooga Times Free Press

04/03/2012 - Quarterbacks inevitably rise as the draft approaches every year, and Tennessee-Chattanooga's B.J. Coleman is trying to hop on the train up draft boards. The No. 9-rated quarterback by NFLDraftScout.com, Coleman is currently projected as a fifth- to sixth-round pick. But he has excellent size at 6-3, 233 pounds, possesses good mobility and has the arm strength to make all the NFL throws. Coleman fell a bit off the radar when he was unable to throw at the Scouting Combine in February due to a broken pinky, but he enjoyed a strong workout in front of representatives from 18 teams at the Mocs' pro day Monday, He completed 34-of-43 passes, which isn't outstanding for a scripted workout, but it did include a pair of drops, according to The Chattanooga Times Free Press. Representatives from the Bears, Broncos, Dolphins, Titans, Falcons, Giants, Patriots, Seahawks, Steelers, Saints and Vikings were on hand. A total of seven prospects worked out, including Tennessee-Chattanooga teammate Joe Bradford, who caught passes from Coleman, and former Tennessee Tech wide receiver Tim Benford. But Coleman, a one-time University of Tennessee recruit who transferred before the 2009 season, was the main attraction. He was encouraged to have no soreness in the pinky. "I felt very polished, very solid," Coleman told the paper. "It feels like a burden has been lifted off, and it feels good to have thrown. Now I'll look forward to the next step." Coleman expects to make personal visits to NFL teams, although his agent, Bus Cook - yes, the man who also represents Brett Favre - said no workouts have been scheduled yet. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange

04/02/2012 - B.J. Coleman and Joel Bradford tried to treat Monday like one of their old game days at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. But it was clear early on that the Mocs' annual Pro Day meant a little bit more. "Joel and I went to Wally's for breakfast. He ordered the breakfast special and only ate two bites, so I knew he was feeling it," Coleman said with a smile. Coleman and Bradford joined a group of five other NFL hopefuls, including UTC defensive back Chris Lewis-Harris and former Tennessee Tech wideout Tim Benford, for a series of drills in front of 16 professional scouts and two NFL assistant coaches. Dozens of current UTC players and fans also turned out to watch the process. The event's feature segment was Coleman's 20-minute throwing session to Bradford and Benford, which also included Western Michigan tight end Dallas Walker (whose family now lives in Chattanooga) and former Baylor School star and former Maryville College wideout Wesley Idlette. "Everything felt great. Felt like I had great rotation on the football. Velocity and accuracy I felt comfortable with. Ball came out good. There's no soreness at all, so we'll go from there," Coleman said. - Keith Cawley, WRBC TV3 News

03/28/2012 - The zip is back on B.J. Coleman's throws and the vise-like grip is back in his handshakes. Just in time, too, because the former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga quarterback will be throwing in front of NFL scouts Monday during the Mocs' pro day. "The hand feels really good," Coleman said Tuesday before a throwing session at Finley Stadium. He was unable to throw at last month's NFL combine because of a broken little finger. "When I get up, I have to get the stiffness out every morning, but after 10 o'clock it's pretty much loosened up and ready to rock and roll." With treatments, strengthening exercises and the use of a bone stimulator, which expedites the healing process, Coleman said he's close to 100 percent. He looked it Tuesday as he threw to former Red Bank and Tennessee Tech wideout Tim Benford and Dallas Walker, a 6-foot-6 tight end who played at Western Michigan. Benford caught two passes from Coleman during the East-West Shrine Game in January and said he can't tell a difference. "He looked today like he did at the Shrine game," said Benford, who will catches passes from Coleman at UTC's pro day. "You can't even tell he had the injury." Coleman mixed in short, intermediate and deep balls and appeared to throw all of the routes with no trouble. "I feel very strong. I've been working with [Mocs offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield] the last day or two and he's got my feet firing, which is good," Coleman said. "That helps the hand. If your feet are in the right position, you're not putting a ton of stress on it. I think the biggest thing is to be able to throw 50-60 balls, which I have been. Yesterday I threw way over that amount." - John Frierson, The Chattanooga Times Free Press

02/24/2012 - Recently graduated Chattanooga Mocs quarterback B.J. Coleman won't be working out for NFL scouts at this weekend's combine in Indianapolis. Coleman, who played in the East-West Shrine game in January, and has been working out in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, hurt the pinkie finger on his throwing hand during one of his workouts and was wearing a cast today when he met with the coaches for interviews today. According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean, Coleman fractured his finger when he slipped and fell. He hopes to be out of the cast in a few weeks and ready for his Pro Day at UTC on April 2. - Darrell Patterson, WTVC TV9 News

01/23/2012 - TOP TEN PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES AT THE EAST-WEST SHRINE: QB BJ Coleman, Chattanooga: Physically the most gifted quarterback at this game, the Tennessee transfer displayed size, smooth mobility and a rocket arm. But perhaps the most impressive aspect of Coleman's skill set is his passion for the game of football and willingness to learn and improve. He looks comfortable commanding the huddle and is the ideal teammate. Coleman helped himself this week and could be drafted in the top five rounds. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2012 - EAST-WEST SHRINE MONDAY: Physically, the most impressive quarterback on either roster is B.J. Coleman out of Tennessee Chattanooga. Not only did he weigh in at a solid 6-feet-3 and 234 pounds, but he also has the strongest arm of any quarterback here. Coleman's passes were all frozen ropes and he showed the ability to drive the ball downfield. He did struggle at times with his deep accuracy and showed raw fundamentals, but he really improved his footwork and passing stance throughout the day, doing a nice job of adhering to the techniques taught to him by coaches. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/15/2011 - Terrell Robinson threw for three touchdowns and Chattanooga dominated Western Carolina in a 51-7 rout on Saturday night. Robinson completed 7 of 11 passes for 123 yards and had touchdown throws of 18, 35 and 21 yards for the Mocs (3-4, 1-3 Southern Conference). The quarterback also rushed for 72 yards on 14 carries. Chattanooga used a strong first half to build enough cushion and cruised in the second half. The Mocs held the Catamounts (1-5, 0-4) scoreless until Western Carolina's Michael Vaughn scored on a 1-yard run with 9 minutes left in the third quarter. Marquis Green ran for 93 yards and one touchdown to help Chattanooga total 265 yards on the ground. Both of Western Carolina's quarterbacks, Brandon Pechloff and Zac Brindise, struggled against the Mocs' defense, which recorded five sacks. Pechloff threw for 77 yards and two interceptions, while Brindise had 74 yards passing and one interception. - AP Sports

09/18/2011 - Touchdowns by Marquis Green and Taharin Tyson accounted for all the second-half scoring as Chattanooga came from behind for a 23-14 victory against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday. Green's 17-yard run in the third quarter gave the Mocs (2-1) the lead. After recovering an Eastern Kentucky fumble, Chattanooga marched 48 yards to Tyson's 1-yard touchdown with 54 seconds remaining. T.J. Pryor was 15 of 28 for 164 yards and two touchdowns passing for Eastern Kentucky (1-2). Green rushed for 68 yards on 21 carries. B.J. Coleman completed 26 of 40 passes for 277 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Mocs, who shut out their opponent after halftime for the second straight game. The Colonels were limited to 84 yards of offense in the second half. - AP Sports

09/10/2011 - B.J. Coleman threw a pair of touchdown passes and Chris Awuah ran for two more, leading Chattanooga past Jacksonville State 38-17 on Saturday night. Coleman, who finished 23 for 33 passing with 296 yards, broke a 17-17 tie with a 47-yard TD pass to Joel Bradford with 3:01 left before halftime. The Mocs (1-1) would hold the Gamecocks scoreless the rest of the way to earn the victory. Awuah ran for 77 yards on 17 carries, and Bradford had 15 catches for 162 yards for Chattanooga. The Mocs scored 15 unanswered points in the second half, including Awuah's 1-yard TD run in the third quarter and Wes Dothard's 30-yard interception return for a score in the fourth. The Gamecocks (1-1) took a 14-7 lead in the first quarter, thanks to a 4-yard TD run from Georgia transfer Washaun Ealey and an 8-yard scoring rush from Calvin Middleton. - AP Sports

08/04/2011 - The Chattanooga Mocs are coming off back to back 6-5 seasons for the first time since 1990-91 so another winning record isn't enough anymore. The Mocs are aiming much higher in their third year under coach Russ Huesman - they want to make the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and compete for a Southern Conference championship, according to senior All-American wide receiver Joel Bradford. "We feel, we believe that we can (reach those goals)," said Bradford, who set a school record last season with 1,284 yards receiving. "We believe we can go up to the national championship. We believe we're one of the better teams out there." The Mocs came up a win short of making the playoffs in 2010, losing fourth-quarter leads in several games. They finished tied for third in the SoCon but ended the season with a lopsided loss at Wofford that spoiled their playoff hopes. "Everybody talks about the last game, but the 10 leading up to it were just as important," Huesman said. The Mocs are led offensively by Bradford and senior quarterback B.J. Coleman, former high school teammates in Chattanooga. Coleman threw for 2,996 yards in 2010 with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Nine of those interceptions came in a two-game stretch for an offense that ranked 11th in the FCS. - AP Sports

07/12/2011 - 2011 WALTER PAYTON AWARD WATCH LIST: B.J. Coleman, Chattanooga, QB, has been selected to the 2011 Walter Payton Award watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Payton Award will celebrate its 25th anniversary this season and be presented to the FCS' outstanding player at the national awards banquet Thursday night, Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas. The Mocs' team captain is looking to build on a 2010 campaign where he threw for 2,996 yards while completing 56.3% (215-382) of his passes. He was sixth in the nation with 26 TD passes, the second highest total in school history. Coleman was also ranked No. 7 in the FCS with 272.4 passing yards per game. Coleman will threaten most of the Mocs' career passing records in 2011. More importantly, he hopes to lead Chattanooga back to the FCS playoffs for the first time since 1984. UTC returns a core group of student-athletes who have posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1990 and 1991. - Chattanooga football


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