2018 NFL Draft

Ryan Tannehill, QB

School: Texas A&M  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Big Spring, TX
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 221 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 1/8 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, 6-4, 221, Texas A&M...The Dolphins felt his athleticism, footwork and accuracy made him the ideal fit for the west coast offense. BEST PICK: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill: According to coach Joe Philbin it only took the team's first-round pick three hours to grasp the Dolphins playbook. There's a good reason for that considering Tannehill used it the past two seasons playing for Mike Sherman as the Aggies starting quarterback. Sherman is now the Dolphins offensive coordinator. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - This could be Jeff Ireland's last draft as the Miami Dolphins' general manager. That's why Ireland's second draft without former team czar Bill Parcells as the primary decision-maker needs to be a hit. Ireland realizes his haul - which features a first-round quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, a potential starting offensive tackle in Jonathan Martin, a pressure player in Miami's Olivier Vernon, a seam threat tight end in Michael Egnew, and a home-run hitting tailback in Miami's Lamar Miller - must produce. In fact, a few of these early draftees need to blossom into impact players. "It's extremely important," Ireland said. "We're trying to win championships and I believe that (the draft) is the best way to build a team. It's extremely important for this franchise that we hit on a lot of these players." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Ryan Tannehill visited South Florida on Saturday and quickly dived into the playbook of the team's offense. "It was pretty familiar," Tannehill said. "I was excited. It's been a while since I've seen those things, I guess a few months. I'm really excited to get back into it and see there's some changes, but the foundation of it's all the same. I'm excited to get into the new stuff that they've added that we didn't have at A&M, and get on the field and start working plays." QUOTE OF NOTE: "Let's hope one day we can retire this number." --Dolphins owner Steve Ross told Ryan Tannehill upon giving him jersey No. 17. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - The Dolphins have annually found three starters in every draft Ireland's been involved with. Some within the organization believes this draft class might have five by 2013 because of Miller's late addition on Saturday. "He's got as natural running skills as I've seen. I thought he was one of the better backs in this year's draft," Ireland said of Miller, who the Dolphins traded up to get. "We felt like he was too good a value to pass up." Ireland admits receiver was an area of need because of the trade that sent Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall to Chicago. But the Dolphins waited to the later rounds to address the position, using a sixth-round pick on Michigan State's B.J. Cunningham and a seventh-round pick on Nevada's Rishard Matthews. Will that be enough? "We weren't going to reach. That's not my philosophy," Ireland said. "The board speaks to me when I'm drafting and I wasn't going to reach. I'm going to let the board speak to me." The same will likely be said about his resume, which Ireland hopes will be highlighted by the production of the 2012 draft class. If not, he could find himself looking for work. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Last season Tannehill completed 327 of 531 passes. He posted six 300-yard plus passing games, including his second career 400-yard game. He also gained 306 yards and scored four rushing touchdowns on his 58 carries. But Tannehill threw 15 interceptions last season and 21 in his 19 college starts. He also lost a number of fourth quarter games. But the Aggies' struggles had more to do with Texas A&M's poor defense, and inconsistent receivers than Tannehill's ability. "I leaned on him a lot. Why wouldn't I," Ireland said about Sherman's influence on the selection. "I had Mike in my office a couple of times to ask Mike about the competitor (Tannehill) is." Ireland said Tannehill was a factor in the team's offseason plans at quarterback, which featured the Dolphins making a strong push for Peyton Manning, and a lukewarm effort to sign Matt Flynn, who ended up in Seattle. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 8. Miami Dolphins: QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M -- The Dolphins last drafted a quarterback in the first round way back in 1983, and the guy named Marino wasn't the headliner in the fabled QB Class -- he was the fifth passer picked that year. Tannehill has only 19 career starts but played for Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, which should make him a candidate to compete with incumbent QB Matt Moore as a rookie. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - No matter which quarterback was added, owner Steve Ross said the goal was to add a young quarterback to be developed for the long haul. "All along (Ireland) felt Tannehill was someone he really saw talent in," said Ross, who hopes that Tannehill is able to sit and learn like Aaron Rodgers did in Green Bay playing for Joe Philbin. "Just because he feels that way it doesn't mean he's going to do it right away." With the quarterback position addressed, the Dolphins will likely use the team's three picks - No. 42, 72 and 73 - in the second day to address the receiver, offensive line and pressure player needs. It's also possible the Dolphins could package those picks to move up in the second round. However, with a rebuilding roster, Miami would likely try to keep all of their available resources. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Four years ago Mike Sherman called Ryan Tannehill into his office and asked the promising dual threat quarterback to move to receiver after the freshman lost a battle for the Aggies' starting quarterback job. Tannehill agreed to do it, but warned Sherman he was making a huge mistake. "I told him I was the best quarterback he had on the roster," said Tannehill, who lost the camp battle to Jerrod Johnson, whom he backed up for two and a half seasons while starting at receiver. "He'll always remember that moment," said Tannehill, who threw for 3,744 yards and 29 touchdowns in the 13 games he started last season. "He says it is one of the funniest moments, and the best moments he had with me." Not only was Tannehill right, but considering the Miami Dolphins selected Tannehill with the No. 8 pick in the 2012 draft the irony of his reunion with Sherman is overflowing. Sherman is presently the offensive coordinator for the Dolphins, and now Tannehill's the young, promising rookie trying to unseat Matt Moore and David Garrard to become Miami's starting quarterback. The difference this time is he has a head start on these NFL veterans because Tannehill already knows Sherman's West Coast offense, and its language. "I didn't take him at the eighth pick in the draft to be a backup quarterback," general manager Jeff Ireland said when asked about Tannehill's ceiling. "I'm going to let the coaches decide when he's ready to compete. He's going to be competing with the three quarterbacks we have. He's obviously got a head start." - The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 22. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M: In terms of physical talent, there is no denying that Tannehill has the tools to warrant a first round pick. The 6-4, 225 pound quarterback has a strong arm, good touch and obviously rare athleticism for the position considering that he earned Honorable Mention All-Big 12 honors as a receiver in 2009 and was clocked at 4.61 during his March 29 Pro Day. More importantly, he again dazzled scouts with his arm talent. With just 19 career starts at quarterback, however, Tannehill is understandably lacking in the finer techniques of the position and, as such, may struggle if thrown into the fire as a rookie. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT TOP QUARTERBACKS: Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M, 6-4, 222...As is the case almost every year, the No. 3-rated quarterback in the draft has seen his stock rise quickly in the past month. This year that is Tannehill, who is the target for teams needing a quarterback but who are not in position to take Luck or Griffin. Tannehill is also this year's Rubik's cube, a complex combination of intriguing variables that are difficult to evaluate. He is reminiscent, in a way, of Tim Tebow and Cam Newton, problematic first-round picks from the past two drafts. They all have obvious athletic ability and an unorthodox passing motion. Tannehill's delivery is slightly sidearm, somewhere between David Carr (Houston Texans, N.Y. Giants) and Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers), possibly because for such a big quarterback he has surprisingly small hands (9 inches). But of more concern is his minimal experience at QB. Tannehill spent his first 30 college games at wide receiver, then, coached by West Coast offense devotee Mike Sherman (formerly of Green Bay, now with the Miami Dolphins), he moved to quarterback in 2010. Last season he threw for 3,744 yards, 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT TOP QUARTERBACKS: His complicated career totals include completing 484 of 774 passes for 5,450 yards, 42 touchdowns, 21 interceptions as well as 112 receptions for 1,596 yards. He also punted. Scouts agree only on one thing -- he is a gamble. Tannehill had foot surgery in early January then missed the Senior Bowl and the combine. But he finally healed and at his pro day ran like, well, a wide receiver (4.58 seconds in 40 yards). In early January, Tannehill was single, on crutches and rated by most as a second-round prospect. Since then he married a model, ran like a wide receiver and Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted his praises last week. "Tannehill is a hidden gem in this draft, a quiet secret who was always sneaking up to #3...you want him you better talk to Zigi The Biggie," referencing Zygi Wilf, owner of the Minnesota Vikings and the franchise has the No. 3 spot in the draft, which is apparently available on the trade market. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/19/2012 - Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said he has a "pretty good idea" of what he wants with the No. 8 overall pick on April 26, but he won't break from the team's draft plan just to land Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. "There are times you should go after a first-round QB, but you shouldn't be pressured into it," said Ireland. Miami missed out on Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn and Alex Smith in free agency, settling on David Garrard to compete with Matt Moore for now. Coincidentally, Tannehill is the No. 8 rated overall prospect in the 2012 class by NFLDraftScout.com. "He's a great kid," said Ireland. "He's smart, tough, has a good family background." While NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang projects Tannehill to go No. 4 to Cleveland, fellow analyst Dane Brugler has him landing with Miami in his latest Mock Draft. While Ireland said "anything is possible" when asked if Miami might trade up for the No. 8 spot, he didn't indicate whether it would be Tannehill or another prospect who might prompt such a move. Tannehill has been one of the fastest rising prospects through the pre-draft process, but Ireland said the Dolphins' board hasn't changed dramatically. "A player's stock doesn't change too much after the season's over," said Ireland. "Very few change drastically." He added that a team hitting on 55 percent of its picks is a good bench mark for success in a draft, and that second-, third-and fourth-rounders "need to become starters or significant role players." - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange

04/19/2012 - Adidas today announced a partnership with top NFL Draft prospect quarterback Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M University. "I'm excited to join the adidas family," said Tannehill. "I wore the three stripes in college and adidas is the perfect fit for me as I head to the next level." Beginning his Texas A&M career as a record-breaking wide receiver, Tannehill became the Aggies' starting quarterback his junior season and threw for 5,450 yards and 42 touchdowns in two seasons behind center. After his prolific senior season, Tannehill was named a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Off the field, Tannehill was a three-time member of the All-Big 12 Academic Team, graduated cum laude with a degree in Biology and earned the National Football Foundation's Scholar-Athlete award. "Ryan showed great versatility and athleticism in college," said Mark Daniels, director of football for adidas America. "His speed, size, strength and leadership make him the perfect fit for our brand." At his Texas A&M Pro Day, Tannehill wore the 6.9 ounce adizero 5-Star, the lightest cleat in football. Earlier this month, adidas launched the adizero 5-Star Mid, which at 7.9 ounces is the lightest mid cleat in the game. - KBTX

04/13/2012 - The swell of interest puts the Chiefs, who haven't drafted a quarterback in the first round since Todd Blackledge in 1983, Dolphins (eighth overall) and Browns in a pickle: To get the third-best quarterback in a top-heavy class, do they reach for a potential - but flawed - solid starter or hold the line with their current, albeit average, options? It's a matter of perspective and sets up as a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" quandary. Pioli's seat is warm in K.C., and the Dolphins' regime cannot afford another swing-and-miss in the first round. With two first-round picks, the Browns are in the best position to draft Tannehill or benefit from a team like the Chiefs getting an itchy trigger finger and overpaying for the unproven Aggie. This might set up as Mike Holmgren's ideal scenario - well, only now that they missed out on RG3 but did gain years of agonizing over the so-close swap with St. Louis that puts Griffin in Washington - but would be an on-the-clock deal after teams see the dust settle at No. 3. The Vikings are praying a team offers the farm for their pick, openly advertising that they are open to all offers. If no team moves mountains for Minnesota's pick, the Browns should deal out themselves and instead fill other needs at 4 (or by trading back to 8 or 11 with Miami or KC) and 21. The logical approach for a team this far away from contention is to snag NFL-ready Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden - who can boast wins over Tannehill, RG3 and Luck last season - at the top of the second round. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/13/2012 - Those Bill Polian thoughts that Kansas City was very much in the Ryan Tannehill Hunt? That's more than smoke, and perhaps even a crackling inferno, even as GM Scott Pioli calls trading up "irresponsible." Tannehill had a visit and private workout with the Chiefs who have less-than-entrenched starter Matt Cassel under contract. Given the scouting moshpit around Texas A&M's strong-armed, athletic passer in recent weeks, it's no surprise to see Pioli and Kansas City taking a strong look. As Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star explained, years of passing on passers is what puts the franchise in a position of need. They've had chances at Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco (two chances, in fact) and Josh Freeman and come away with modest linemen - DT Glenn Dorsey, OL Branden Albert and DL Tyson Jackson. Snagging Tannehill at 11 would make sense. Having him on the board at that stage is sounding less and less likely. The Bills, who have the 10th overall pick, are holding to their approach last season, when QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was forewarned by coach Chan Gailey that the team would invest in another quarterback if the right one was available. Gailey covets mobile quarterbacks and naturally are taking a hard look at Tannehill this weekend (he's scheduled to visit after meeting with the Browns). - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/12/2012 - In talking to scouts and personnel people the past week or so, it certainly seems a consensus is forming that quarterback Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M could be the most "overdrafted" player in the first round. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

04/12/2012 - So here we are again, the annual NFL Draft, where smart men suddenly become incredibly dumb. Example No. 7 trillion: Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill is suddenly a first-round pick. If Tannehill moved any faster up the NFL's draft boards, he'd be Deion Sanders. Starships don't travel this quickly. Still trying to figure out why. Was it his 1-5 record against ranked teams? Was it his completion percentage that fell last year? Was it his quarterback rating that was lower than Brock Osweiler's? Or the 19 starts? Or that not too long ago he was a wide receiver. Maybe it's the remarkable pedigree of Big 12 quarterbacks in the NFL, like Chris Simms, Brad Smith, Colt McCoy or Vince Young. They've been just swell. In January 2011, Tannehill went against LSU and its NFL-caliber defensive backs. It was his sixth start, and he tossed three picks. This was a Tannehill pattern for much of his college career at quarterback. The more athletic the defense, the worst he performed, and as we all know, there are no athletes roaming NFL secondaries. None at all. Tannehill has the greatest bust potential of any possible first-round pick. This is nothing personal against Tannehill. He seems like a fine young man and a smart dude. This is about the people doing the evaluating. This is the great follywang of the draft, and we see this every year. - Mike Freeman, CBS Sports

04/09/2012 - The Dolphins have a conviction about getting what they believe to be good value. But here's the issue now: The club that has stubbornly refused to overpay for any quarterback not named Peyton Manning is barreling headlong into this month's NFL Draft looking like it might overpay for a rookie quarterback. The Dolphins are focused on Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill like a Great Dane focuses on a cut of raw prime rib. They've watched tapes on the kid. They've had dinner with the kid. They've quizzed Tannehill. They've investigated him. The Dolphins attended Tannehill's Pro Day. And if he has a birthday anytime soon, the Dolphins will surely attend that. Many draft pundits agree the Dolphins and Tannehill seem destined for one another and that's before anyone mentions that Miami offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was Tannehill's head coach at Texas A&M the past few seasons. But the one issue that gnaws at this possibility is that Miami drafts eighth? 8 in the first round, and when the college football regular season ended in December, few scouts honestly could say they graded Tannehill as a top-10 talent. - Armando Salguero, The Miami Herald

04/09/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE MEDICAL RECHECK: QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M (6-4, 221): After breaking a bone in his right foot, Tannehill couldn't participate in the Senior Bowl or combine and missed the Aggies' pro day in early March. He had surgery and was even forced to limp down the aisle with crutches during his wedding in January. Tannehill was finally able to get on the field on March 29 for a workout in College Station and looked good throwing off that foot and running a 4.58 40-yard dash. He is expected to be selected in the top 12. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

04/06/2012 - The Browns were well-represented for Tannehill's workout. Offensive coordinator Brad Childress and quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple saw Tannehill complete 65 of 68 passes in the scripted workout inside the A&M practice facility. Reportedly two of the incomplete passes were dropped. All four players working out were recovering from injuries and did not work out at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Tannehill was recovering from foot surgery and Richardson from arthroscopic knee surgery. "I felt good and my foot felt great moving around and moving in the pocket and escaping," Tannehill said. "The ball was coming out good and the guys were making plays for me. It was a good day." Tannehill also is expected to go in the top 10. Most analysts believe the Dolphins will take him eighth if they don't move up higher to take him. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is now predicting the Browns will take Tannehill with the fourth pick. Earlier in March, Heckert was among the Browns' contingent at the Oklahoma State Pro Day. There he watched and was impressed by quarterback Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Justin Blackmon. - The Sports Xchange

04/05/2012 - The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft is in 21 days. Quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill will all hear their names called on Thursday, April 26, and while no one disputes that Luck and RG3 are the draft's two best players, opinions are mixed on whether Tannehill is worth a top-10 pick. There was speculation last month that Tannehill could sneak into the top-5, and NFL Network's Mike Mayock has said that he thinks the Browns, who hold the No. 4 pick, make a lot of sense. "Franchise quarterback trumps all," he said on March 26. "We talk about that all the time, and I don't believe Colt McCoy is the answer. And I do believe Ryan Tannehill could become the answer. So I believe at No. 4 [Cleveland] ought to pull the trigger on Tannehill." During an appearance Wednesday on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft," former NFL general manager Charley Casserly spoke about Tannehill. "I interviewed a dozen teams on this guy at the end of the season and they all pretty much told me late (first round) to early (second round)," he said. "The most accurate grades I ever get are the ones when I ask people in December and January." On the same show, draft analyst Charles Davis also sounded cautious about Tannehill's value. "When this whole process started, I'm not sure many of us had him top 10, let alone maybe No. 4 to the Cleveland Browns. I like his abilities, I like his athleticism, but remember, just 19 starts at the quarterback position in college, had played wide receiver before that. ... Not a lot of production down the stretch last year. ... To me, he's a little bit of a risk going that high." - Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

04/03/2012 - Along with the Seahawks, according to reporters on hand at the workout, the Cleveland Browns had a large contingent at Tannehill's Pro Day, led by offensive coordinator Brad Childress. Cleveland holds the No. 4 overall pick. And Miami, with the No. 8 overall pick, had general manager Jeff Ireland and head coach Joe Philbin present. Tannehill, who did not complete any of the workout drills at the Combine because of a broken foot, posted a time of 4.62 seconds in his only attempt at the 40-yard dash. He completed 65 of 68 passes while throwing to receiver Jeff Fuller and running back Cyrus Gray. That included nine attempts from the goal line, and two drops. "This guy is a real football player," said Schneider when asked about Tannehill at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February. He played defense. "You could see him last year when he stepped in, and he just went out and played. "He had like this natural toughness about him that the players really rallied around and went on a winning streak and he did a great job. I felt like this year, he had well over 60 drops. He did a nice job." Carroll indicated with the recent success of a player like Cam Newton and Andy Dalton in their rookie seasons last year that coaches are no longer concerned about playing a rookie quarterback right away. - The Sports Xchange

04/03/2012 - After signing Green Bay reserve signal-caller Matt Flynn to compete with Tarvaris Jackson for the starting quarterback job, NFL observers may have thought the Seattle Seahawks had completed their moves at the quarterback position. But hold that thought. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, general manager John Schneider and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were one of 21 teams represented at Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill's Pro Day in College Station, Tex. this week. The Seahawks hold the No. 12 overall pick in this year's draft, and if Tannehill falls that far, there's a chance Seattle could select him as the team's quarterback of the future. Tannehill is a perfect fit for Seattle's version of the West Coast offense. At 6-4, 223 pounds, he's athletic and mobile, possessing a strong arm with the ability to throw accurately on the run. However, Tannehill is still pretty raw, with only 19 career starts under his belt at Texas A&M. "In watching him, he is a good athlete and he does compete really hard," Carroll said about Tannehill when asked to comment on him at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. "He does take off when he has to, and shows he has athleticism to do those kinds of things. "And the fact that he played at such a high level with such a limited background in college does make the statement that he has the potential to really get a lot better as well." - The Sports Xchange

04/02/2012 - Golf has its Silly Season. The NFL's is the month before the draft. Ryan Tannehill wasn't a sure-fire first-round pick when his college season ended. As best as Spin can tell, here's what he's done since to suddenly become what some draft experts are calling a must-have for the Cleveland Browns at No. 4 overall. Beat Northwestern. Didn't work out at the NFL Scouting Combine because of a foot injury. Had surgery in January. Got measured and weighed. Took the Wonderlic. (Also, since he's smart enough to someday want to be an orthopedic surgeon, we're guessing he probably held his own in a few games of Words With Friends, though this is unconfirmed. Held a pro day this past week in which he completed lots of passes while wearing shorts and throwing to familiar receivers against no rush. "We're getting a little picky now," Chris Weinke, Tannehill's personal coach who scripted Thursday's workout, told reporters. "Here's a guy who threw 60-something balls and missed probably one throw. That's what type of competitor he is, and it says a lot about who he is. He's a very detailed guy." The last time I heard anybody react so glowingly to a prospect's pro day was every pro day I've ever read about. - Bud Shaw, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

03/31/2012 - The Browns are said to covet Tannehill, which, coupled with their supposed breathless pursuit of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III (which actually made sense), tells you exactly what they think of McCoy. Unlike some fans, the Browns clearly don't think it's as simple as surrounding McCoy with better talent and watching him turn into Drew Brees overnight. Tannehill supposedly has small hands, and up until recently he was a receiver. That doesn't say franchise quarterback, it says reach, especially at No. 4 when Alabama running back Trent Richardson or LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne could be there. What all fans can get behind is that this is a critical draft and will largely determine how history judges the Mike Holmgren era. They can't afford a high-profile mistake, especially with a quarterback. - Sean McClelland, Springfield News-Sun

03/29/2012 - Childress, the former Vikings head coach and current Browns offensive coordinator, brought a fresh perspective. He said he's fine with the lack of experience because Tannehill is extremely moldable and isn't already set in his ways. "It's remarkable that a wide receiver came in as proficient as he did at a big-time program," said Childress. "I have no reservations (about lack of experience). I like kids who haven't been playing the position since Pop Warner." Tannehill had dinner with the Dolphins and Seahawks -- he was dining with the Dolphins' brass when the Seahawks showed up -- Wednesday night and also mentioned several upcoming private workouts with teams. He has been working out in Florida at IMG with former Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke, who was instrumental in preparing 2011 No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton last year. Weinke had high praise for Tannehill's Thursday pro day. "I couldn't be more happy with his performance today," said Weinke. "He processes at a fast pace, very good understanding of offense and had the luxury playing for a former NFL guy in college (Mike Sherman). There is no question in my mind that he's a franchise quarterback." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/29/2012 - Ryan Tannehill's pro day workout on Thursday in the Texas A&M indoor complex...Tannehill (6-4, 220) was on the mark with nearly every one of his passes, and ran the 40-yard-dash in 4.58 seconds. From talking to scouts and the NFL Network's Mike Mayock, it seems Tannehill likely will go to the Cleveland Browns at fourth overall or the Miami Dolphins at eighth overall. The Dolphins' offensive coordinator is Mike Sherman - Tannehill's coach the last four seasons at A&M. As for how Tannehill thought he did Thursday? "I felt good and my foot felt great," he said. "Moving around and moving in the pocket and escaping. The ball was coming out good and the guys were making plays for me. It was a good day." Running back Cyrus Gray and receiver Jeff Fuller were among the players helping Tannehill with his workout. He's fully recovered from a broken foot suffered during an offseason drill. The draft starts on April 26, and the Tannehill family will be in New York for the festivities. - Brent Zwerneman, The Houston Chronicle

03/29/2012 - After a right foot injury sidelined him for the last two months, quarterback Ryan Tannehill finally had his day to shine in front of NFL scouts and evaluators on Thursday in College Station. And he didn't disappoint. Tannehill, NFLDraftScout.com's third-ranked quarterback, ran one 40-yard dash -- Texas A&M listed his time at 4.62 seconds -- and threw for over 30 minutes with 22 NFL teams represented. Seattle and Miami brought the most firepower. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, GM John Schneider and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were all on hand. The Dolphins' contingent included head coach Joe Philbin and GM Jeff Ireland. The Browns sent offensive coordinator Brad Childress and quarterback coach Mark Whipple to College Station to watch Tannehill. Tannehill completed 65 of 68 passes with two drops and one slight overthrow on a 40-yard bucket pass downfield to Jeff Fuller. He started his passing session with rollouts, bootlegs and several drop-back motions that required him to maneuver inside and outside the pocket. It became evident quickly that his foot was healed. Tannehill displayed his strong arm with very good technique, using his hips and follow-through to establish top velocity on difficult passes. He showed very good ball placement, especially on the run. "I felt good, it was a good day," said Tannehill after his workout. "I'm a competitor. It was tough sitting on the sidelines (because of the injury). To get my day today was great and it was fun." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/29/2012 - Ryan Tannehill could be a top 10 pick in next month's NFL draft, less than two years after lining up as a receiver for Texas A&M. Tannehill returned to his old high school position of quarterback halfway through the 2010 season and caught the attention of NFL scouts despite starting just 19 games behind center for the Aggies. On Thursday, he worked out for representatives of 22 NFL teams, including Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Miami coach Joe Philbin and Cleveland offensive coordinator Brad Childress. It was their first offseason look at Tannehill after he missed the combine while recovering from foot surgery. Tannehill ran a 40-yard dash and threw about 70 passes, putting on a performance that Carroll said he should be pleased with. "I felt good," Tannehill said. "The foot felt great moving around, moving in the pocket, escaping. The ball was coming out good and the guys were making plays for me. It was a good day." Childress, whose Browns have the fourth overall pick, raved about the workout. "He made every throw that he needed to make," said Childress, who was joined at the workout by Cleveland quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple. "The leg didn't look like an issue. It was an impressive workout." Tannehill is expected to be the third quarterback taken in the draft behind Stanford's Andrew Luck and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor. Tannehill was moved to receiver as a freshman after losing the quarterback battle. He had 1,453 yards receiving and nine touchdowns in his first two seasons combined at A&M and had 143 yards receiving as a junior before returning to quarterback. "It was a frustrating time for me," he said of his time at receiver. "I had a lot of fun being able to help the team out at the receiver position, but I still wanted to be a quarterback. So when I finally got that opportunity, I wasn't going to let it slip." - AP Sports

03/29/2012 - With scripted passes, no defensive pressure and perfect conditions throwing indoors, Tannehill was expected to look good. Most important for his pro stock -- teams saw what they needed to see -- he's healthy. Tannehill had surgery in January after he broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot and was forced to miss the Senior Bowl and combine. He even had to limp down the aisle with crutches at his wedding in late January. Nonetheless, the foot looked healed and Tannehill impressed those in attendance. "He should be very proud of his workout today," said Carroll. "He did a nice job." Tannehill ran in the high 4.5s and low 4.6s in the 40-yard dash and did not repeat the sprint as is customary. He did not participate in any other shuttle or agility drills. Tannehill, who was recruited as a quarterback out of high school, carries some questions about his playing experience with only 19 career starts under center after playing two seasons as a wide receiver. "I had fun helping my team," Tannehill said, "but at the end of the day I wanted to be a quarterback." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/28/2012 - Projected first-round pick Ryan Tannehill will hold his much anticipated workout on Thursday at the McFerrin Indoor Facility at Texas A&M. Tannehill, who missed the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine because of a broken foot that required surgery, hasn't been able to get on the field for scouts and evaluators since the Aggies' bowl win over Northwestern. Tannehill broke the fifth metatarsal in a passing drill in January, but is close to 100 percent healthy. Tannehill is expected to run a 40-yard dash, but not participate in any other agility drills, which is understandable considering his recent foot injury. He will then throw for "approximately 30-45 minutes," according to a Texas A&M spokesman. Tannehill's former teammates, running back Cyrus Gray and wide receiver Jeff Fuller, are expected to participate in the passing session. Tannehill is widely considered the third-ranked quarterback prospect in this draft behind Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor's Robert Griffin III. After Luck and Griffin come off the board with the first two picks, Tannehill is expected to be drafted in the early first round, perhaps as early as No. 4 to the Cleveland Browns. The Miami Dolphins, where former Aggies head coach Mike Sherman is the offensive coordinator, are also expected to push for the strong-armed signal caller. With another high-profile pro day also occurring on Thursday (Alabama), the attendance at Tannehill's workout could be telling as to which teams are strongly interested in him. Although team also have the opportunity to bring him to their facilities for a private workout, much like the Browns plan on doing, according to multiple reports. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/27/2012 - The Browns will bring in Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill as one of their pre-draft visits, a league source told the Plain Dealer. The Browns will also be represented at Tannehill's Pro Day on Thursday, according to Browns coach Pat Shurmur, who wasn't certain if that's the one he'll be attending that day. Tannehill, one of about five players the Browns are considering with their No. 4 overall pick, is coming off surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot and didn't work out or run at the NFL Combine last month. Over the next couple of weeks, the Browns are expected to bring in most of the players they're considering with their top pick, and others that they're pondering with later selections. Teams are permitted to bring in 30 players for visits, not including the group of locals they can host. During the visits, players can be interviewed and examined by the medical staff, but not worked out. Other players the Browns will either bring in for visits or work out privately include the following: Louisiana State defensive tackle Michael Brocker, Louisiana-Lafayette tight end Ladarius Green, West Virginia defensive end/outside linebacker Bruce Irvin, Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus (an Akron native), Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead, and Virginia Tech running back David Wilson. - Mary Kay Cabot, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

03/19/2012 - Tannehill (due to the broken foot that has kept him sidelined since January) wasn't able to make the gradual steps of improvement that Jake Locker did in competing at the Senior Bowl, 2011 Combine and his Pro Day. I saw Tannehill play with more poise late in games as a junior than I did during his senior season. Sure, Tannehill was plagued by drops and defensive collapses in the Aggies losing four games last year in which they led by at least a touchdown at halftime, but I never saw the command of the huddle and ability to stop the bleeding once it started that I believe is critical to be a successful field general in the NFL. This isn't to suggest that Tannehill won't develop better anticipation and poise as he gains more experience at the position, only that he did not prove the ability to do so in 2011. And because of that simple fact, I cannot support the argument that Tannehill should be selected in thetop half of thefirst round of the 2012 draft -- though I wouldn't be surprised at all to see the Cleveland Browns (No. 4), Miami Dolphins (No. 8) or Seattle Seahawks (No. 12) do precisely that. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/19/2012 - Before I attempt to argue why a quarterback I like shouldn't be drafted in the top half of the first round, let me point out that I gave Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill, a first-round grade prior to the 2011 season, a first-round grade halfway through the season and a first-round grade now. Frankly, there isn't a player in the country I've watched more tape on than Tannehill in the past calendar year, which is why my grade hasn't fluctuated on him like it has for others. The simple fact is Tannehill boasts all of the physical characteristics that every team is looking for at quarterback. He's big, athletic, strong-armed and shows the ability to make every NFL throw. I've watched him fire the deep out from the opposite hash, show beautiful touch to lay the ball over the linebacker and under the safety and give the pump fake to force the safety to bite before driving the ball downfield ondeep combo routes. He can roll to either direction and throw accurately on the move. He has the guts and speed to be a threat scrambling. Having started 19 games at quarterback in former Green Bay head coach (and current Miami Dolphins' offensive coordinator) Mike Sherman's version of the West Coast Offense, Tannehill has been trained in a pro-style attack. And yet, because he has only started 19 games I have serious reservations about Tannehill's ability to come in and contribute immediately. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 11. Ryan Tannehill, QB, 6-4, 222, 1...Tannehill is this year's Rubik's cube, a complex combination of intriguing variables reminiscent of many past NFL draft challenges who were hard to solve. Like Tim Tebow and Cam Newton, problematic first-round picks from each of the past two drafts, he is a big guy with obvious athletic ability and an unorthodox passing motion. His delivery is the side-arm variety, somewhere between David Carr (Texans, Giants) and Philip Rivers (Chargers). Tannehill spent his first 30 college games at wide receiver, then, coached by West Coast offense devotee Mike Sherman (formerly of the Packers, now with Dolphins), Tannehill moved back to quarterback in 2010. Last season he completed 327-of-531 passes for 3,744 yards, 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. His complicated career totals include completing 484-of-774 passes for 5,450 yards, 42 touchdowns, 21 interceptions and those 112 receptions for 1,596 yards and a few punts. Scouts agree only on one thing -- he is a gamble, especially after requiring foot surgery in early January, complete with a screw to mend the fractured fifth metatarsal. Tannehill took interest in the procedure; he plans to become an orthopedic surgeon after football. He missed the Senior Bowl and will miss Combine workouts, but should be ready for his March 29 Pro Day. The boot was removed on Valentine's Day and he began working at IMG's Bradenton facility with QB mentor Chris Weinke, as did Newton last year. Meantime, after a January wedding to model Lauren Ashley, life on the home front can be compared to that of Brady, based on this scouting report. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/23/2012 - The Seahawks will find out through a coin flip Friday morning if they will have the No. 11 or 12 overall pick in the first round. Luck and Griffin figure to be long gone. Tannehill might be available, but Schneider stressed that the Seahawks won't "panic" and select a quarterback unless it's the right player. Seattle hasn't drafted a quarterback in the two years since Schneider was hired. "If it happens, it happens," Schneider said when asked if Seattle will finally draft a quarterback this year. "You can put yourself in a tough position if you go all-in with a guy you feel pressured to take. You can set your organization back." So what sets quarterbacks apart in Schneider's mind? He's not necessarily a big fan of prospects who have done nothing but be groomed to be a quarterback. Schneider has an affinity for prospects like Tannehill, football players who have experience at other positions. "The guy was a quarterback in high school, just a football player. First and foremost, that's what we're looking for," Schneider said. "Especially at that position. Guys that have always been in the quarterback schools, the special camps, and all that kind of stuff. They make me a little nervous to a certain extent. "At the quarterback position, I believe you have to have a tough-minded individual. A guy that maybe has played some defense and knocked the crap out of a receiver himself, or something." - NFLDraftScout.com

02/21/2012 - Approaching his third year as Director of IMG Madden Football Academy, Chris Weinke has established himself as a "quarterback guru". Weinke at the start of his second year has already trained names like Cam Newton and Christian Ponder both who were drafted and went on to make an immediate impact in the NFL their rookie seasons. Weinke and IMG Academies didn't skip a beat this year following up with former Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson, Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins and Texas A&M WR/QB Ryan Tannehill. All are currently training under Weinke's direction, in preperation for the NFL Combine and NFL Draft. "Working with Chris Weinke and being here at IMG has been perfect," Wilson said. "Coach Weinke is so good about cleaning up our mechanics and helping us be smooth and taking the hitches out of our delivery," Tannehill said. "He's just so good at seeing things and telling us how to correct it " - IMG Madden Football Academy

02/21/2012 - Nobody should know more about Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, a possible first-round draft prospect, than Mike Sherman. The Dolphins' new offensive coordinator coached Tannehill during his tenure as Texas A&M's head coach. He also played him at another position because he had Jerrod Johnson, who at one point was considering a top prospects, and needed to get Tannehill on the field. "He was a receiver for us for two and a half years. He had over 1,000 yards receiving," Sherman said of Tannehill, who caught 112 passes for 1,596 yards and 10 touchdowns before becoming a quarterback midway through his junior season. "Like all good quarterbacks he had great poise. Very confident in any system, west coast or not," Sherman said. "Any quarterback has to be confident in his own skin and believe in himself. They always say a great quarterback makes those around him better. I thought [Brett] Favre did that. I think Aaron Rodgers does that. I think Tannehill does that as well." - Omar Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

02/20/2012 - NFL scouts will get the opportunity to scout Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill Pro Day one week after the only two quarterbacks currently rated by NFLDraftScout.com ahead of him -- Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III -- are scheduled to hold their own. NFL.com's Gil Brandt reports that Tannehill will have an on-campus workout March 29. It will be the first time scouts have seen Tannehill since he guided the Aggies to a Meineke Bowl win over Northwestern December 31st. Tannehill suffered a foot injury while preparing for the Senior Bowl at IMG Football Academy in Bradenton, Florida. It was discovered that he had broken the fifth metatarsal. The injury and subsequent surgery in which a screw was inserted cost Tannehill the opportunity to compete in the Senior Bowl, next week's Scouting Combine or Texas A&M's initial Pro Day March 7. While Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden and Michigan State's Kirk Cousins boosted their stock with strong efforts at the Senior Bowl, Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill remains the most talented senior quarterback in the land and is likely to be the first one drafted. Some believe Tannehill's obvious talent will be enough to land him in the first round. Others, including myself, are having a harder time envisioning a quarterback who just 19 collegiate starts at the position as being a first round pick. While I don't include him in my mock draft, I do believe he's among the top 32 talents in this draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/15/2012 - While Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden and Michigan State's Kirk Cousins boosted their stock with strong efforts at the Senior Bowl, Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill remains the most talented senior quarterback in the land and is likely to be the first one drafted. Some believe Tannehill's obvious talent will be enough to land him in the first round, joining redshirt juniors Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III as top 32 picks. Others, including myself, are having a harder time envisioning a quarterback who just 19 collegiate starts at the position as being a first round pick. While I don't include him in my mock draft, I do believe he's among the top 32 talents in this draft. Regardless of where he is ultimately drafted, Tannehill will have to first prove his health, as he underwent surgery recently to repair a broken foot suffered during passing drills at IMG Football Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The injury kept him out of the Senior Bowl and while ESPN's Pat Yasinkas is reporting that Tannehill is now out of the protective boot he was in, Tannehill won't be ready to work out for scouts at the Combine or Texas A&M's scheduled Pro Day March 7. Yasinkas reports that Tannehill is planning to have a Pro Day "in late March" and asked the Aggie quarterback about his recovery timetable. "We'll come back and push it pretty hard,'' Tannehill said. "I'm thinking I should be getting close to 100 percent by right after the combine and we'll really jump into the on-field stuff then to make up for the time I missed and get ready for pro day.'' - NFLDraftScout.com

01/12/2012 - Former Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill broke a foot in training recently and will miss the Senior Bowl, according to his agent, Pat Dye. Tannehill broke a fifth metatarsal in a passing drill, an injury that might require surgery. The Senior Bowl is Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala. Even if he has the surgery and misses throwing at the NFL scouting combine, he may be able to throw in March, before the NFL draft. The 23-year-old Tannehill is one of the highest-rated QB prospects in the next NFL draft. - Joe Schad, ESPN

12/31/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Ryan Tannehill completed 61.1 percent of his passes, but his season was marred by 14 interceptions, many of which proved costly in tight outcomes. He threw for 3,415 yards and had to overcome injuries to the Aggies' two leading rushers, Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael, which thrust even more pressure on the quarterback. Still, Tannehill was unable to exert the leadership many expected after took over the starting role last season and led A&M on a six-game winning streak to close the regular season. - The Sports Xchange

12/31/2011 - Ryan Tannehill threw for 329 yards and a touchdown and Ben Malena ran for two more scores to lead Texas A&M to a 33-22 win over Northwestern on Saturday in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Northwestern led 7-3 early in the second quarter before A&M reeled off 27 straight points to take a decisive lead and then fight off a late rally to capture its first bowl victory since 2001. Texas A&M broke a five-game bowl losing streak in a win the team dedicated to fired coach Mike Sherman and offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio, who was killed in a car accident last week. Malena ran for 77 yards, filling in ably for Cyrus Gray, who missed his second straight game with a stress fracture in his left shoulder. Northwestern hasn't won a bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl, a span of nine losses. A&M won a bowl for the first time since a 28-9 victory over TCU after the 2001 season. That also came in Houston, when this game was called the Galleryfurniture.com bowl and played next door at the Astrodome. - AP Sports

12/21/2011 - Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is concentrating on his final days of college competition before his life takes a dramatic turn. He's getting married next month, then will begin preparing for April's NFL draft. Tannehill said he's already accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl, which is a mini-NFL scouting combine. Tannehill said he hasn't had a chance to meet Sumlin. He was taking a final exam when Sumlin met with the Aggies on Dec. 12, the day A&M's new coach was officially introduced. Tannehill, however, has talked to Sherman, who helped mold Tannehill's career as he evolved from a receiver to starting quarterback. Tannehill relayed the conversation he had with Sherman. "He said: 'Win this game and pull your teammates together and go out and play hard,'" Tannehill said. "He wants us to just continue on doing the things he's taught us throughout his time here. I think we can honor him that way.'' - Suzanne Halliburton, The Austin American-Statesman

11/23/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Texas at Texas A&M, Nov. 24 It is somewhat difficult to imagine a Texas A&M crowd being more frenzied than usual for a visit by Texas. "I don't think it can be any louder than as loud as you can be," said Texas coach Mack Brown, noting the Aggies always get up for a visit by the Longhorns. Still, this meeting is different. It will be the last in the foreseeable future with A&M headed for the SEC and Texas declining any overtures to continue the 118-year-old series. So the atmosphere promises to be, if possible, more electric than usual at Kyle Field. A&M has won three of the last five meetings in the series, which was launched in 1894. The uncertainty of whatever structure the Big 12 will have for scheduling possibly weighs into UT's decision. The conference does not yet know whether the schedule for next season will include eight or nine league games because of West Virginia's legal battle to leave the Big East. KEYS TO THE GAME: The Aggies are more capable of striking quickly behind QB Ryan Tannehill, who relies on one of the top receivers in the Big 12, WR Ryan Swope. With RB Cyrus Gray (shoulder) questionable for the Aggies, they will have to open things up through the air, especially since Texas allows just 94.9 yards rushing on average and has only given up 10 rushing touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

11/23/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Facing Texas, which features the best defense in the Big 12, is obviously a concern. Still, the Longhorns surrendered 873 yards and 93 points against two high-powered attacks, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and the Aggies are capable of exploding offensively too. QB Ryan Tannehill stepped in as a starter just midway through last season, yet the senior has thrown for more than 3,000 yards in a balanced attack that also generates 218.6 rushing yards on average. The status of RB Cyrus Gray (shoulder) will be an issue, especially with a short week to recover, but A&M may have the firepower to simply outscore Texas. - The Sports Xchange

10/22/2011 - Texas A&M's fast-starting offense was nowhere to be found, stymied by an Iowa State defense that had been gashed by everyone else. Then the Aggies caught a break on a pass interference call, quarterback Ryan Tannehill finally found his rhythm and Texas A&M was in business. Tannehill threw for 263 yards and two pivotal touchdowns late in the second quarter and 17th-ranked Texas A&M held off Iowa State 33-17 on Saturday for its third straight Big 12 win. Christine Michael and Cyrus Gray each rushed for more than 100 yards for the Aggies (5-2, 3-1 Big 12), who used Tannehill's scoring passes to Jeff Fuller and Michael Lamothe to jump ahead 20-7 at halftime after a sluggish start. Michael had 142 yards on 18 carries and Gray added 125 yards. - AP Sports

10/16/2011 - WEEK 7 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M, Senior, Quarterback, Big Spring, TX/Big Spring...Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill passed for 415 yards and career-best six touchdowns as the 21st-ranked Aggies defeated 20th-ranked Baylor, 55-28. Tannehill completed 25-of-37 passes and threw for scores of 68, 7, 8, 5, 68 and 47 yards as Texas A&M (4-2, 2-1 in Big 12) racked up a season-high 681 yards of total offense. - Walter Camp Award

10/15/2011 - Texas A&M hasn't been able to throw the ball deep all season. On Saturday the Aggies finally discovered that aspect of their game and it propelled an already potent offense to its best performance of the year. Ryan Tannehill threw for 415 yards and a career-high six touchdown passes and Ryan Swope caught four of them, also a career-best, to lead No. 21 Texas A&M to a 55-28 win over No. 20 Baylor. The Bears got within six points after a touchdown run by Terrance Ganaway in third quarter, but the Aggies scored 21 straight to take a 55-28 lead with about six minutes remaining in the game. Swope's fourth touchdown -- his second 68-yard reception of the game -- was the first in that span. He finished with 206 yards receiving and also had a 68-yard TD reception in the second quarter. He also scored on receptions of 8 and 5 yards. Texas A&M finished with a season-high 681 yards of offense. - AP Sports

10/08/2011 - Ryan Tannehill ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead No. 24 Texas A&M over Texas Tech 45-40 on Saturday night. After leading by double-digits at halftime and losing the last two weeks, Texas A&M finally put together four quarters, despite being outscored 20-14 in the second half. The Aggies (3-2, 1-1) ran for 205 yards on 46 carries. Seth Doege threw for three touchdowns and 391 yards to lead Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1). Eric Stephens injured his knee late in the third quarter and had 122 yards on 22 carries. Texas A&M running backs Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael each ran for a score. Tannehill found Michael Lamothe early in the fourth quarter for a 5-yard TD to put the Aggies up 45-30. Tannehill's pass to Lamothe proved crucial. Doege came back and found Alex Torres on a 20-yard TD pass with 31 seconds remaining in the game to pull within 45-40. - AP Sports

09/28/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: QB Ryan Tannehill must put himself in bounce-back mode and do so quickly. The senior moved in as the starter midway through last season because he greatly reduced the mistakes that were leading to turnovers. The three interceptions he threw in the Sept. 24 loss against Oklahoma State must be eliminated. WR Ryan Swope looms as the Aggies' best option in the passing game after snagging seven balls for 105 yards against the Cowboys, while WR Jeff Fuller remains a dependable threat who can also break the big gain. - The Sports Xchange

09/28/2011 - KEEP AN EYE ON: QB Ryan Tannehill - When the senior took over as the A&M starter midway through last season, his ability to execute the offense without mistakes was a welcome change that triggered a six-game win streak. The three interceptions he threw against Oklahoma State, all in the second half, proved costly as the Aggies blew a 17-point halftime lead. Tannehill needs more help from the run game, which was stymied in the second half, but the turnovers A&M committed were most instrumental, swinging momentum in favor of Oklahoma State. Give Tannehill credit, though, for showing off his wheels and scoring on a 65-yard run. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Ryan Tannehill - Few questions exist regarding the senior's confidence. He was bold enough to inform A&M coach Mike Sherman he was the best quarterback in the system, even when he was relegated to third team and had to learn to play receiver. The three interceptions Tannehill threw in the Cotton Bowl loss to LSU raises a few questions, however. - The Sports Xchange

08/25/2011 - There is a disclaimer to consider regarding the Aggies' experience. Tannehill did not start until midway through last season, when Sherman benched Jerrod Johnson. So those six starts account for all of the senior's experience at quarterback after playing as a receiver before that. Tannehill always considered himself a quarterback, though. As a freshman, he brashly told Sherman he was the Aggies' best QB while listed third on the depth chart. And now, the proven support he counts on at the other skill positions should ease any additional transition and growth he must make for the Aggies to contend in the Big 12. - The Sports Xchange

08/25/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB Ryan Tannehill - The senior helped save the Aggies' season a year ago when he stepped in for the erratic Jerrod Johnson and engineered six straight wins to close the regular season. Although he was recruited to A&M as a quarterback, Tannehill had mostly played as a receiver in his first 30 games. His transition was remarkable, as was his composure. He completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,638 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. With a veteran supporting cast, the numbers could get even better as A&M relies on Tannehill for leadership. - The Sports Xchange

08/16/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Ryan Tannehill, SR, Texas A&M, has been selected one of 31 quarterbacks named to preseason Manning Award watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting. Tannehill, from Big Spring, Texas, is entering his second season as a starter at quarterback after winning the job midway through 2010. With Tannehill installed at starter, the Aggies won six straight games on their way to a share of the Big 12 South division crown and a spot in the 2011 AT&T Cotton Bowl. Tannehill finished 2010 with 1,638 passing yards and 13 touchdowns while completing 152-of-234 of his pass attempts. His completion percentage of 65.0 was easily a school record, and Tannehill shattered A&M's single game passing record in his starting debut with 449 passing yards against Texas Tech. - Texas A&M football

07/19/2011 - 2011 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M, Big 12, has been named one of 38 of the nation's top collegiate quarterbacks selected to the 2011 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Preseason Watch List based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2011 college football season. The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (The O'Brien) is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. Tannehill was a record-setting wide receiver/backup quarterback for the first two years of his college career before winning the starting signal-caller job midway through his junior season in 2010. In his first career start Tannehill threw for a school record 449 yards against Texas Tech and went on to pass for 1,638 yards with 13 touchdowns while completing a school record 65.0 percent of his pass attempts. Tannehill won the first five starts of his career as the Aggies battled to their first share of the Big 12 South division crown since 1998. - Texas A&M football

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M, QB, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. - The Maxwell Football Club

06/02/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: QB Ryan Tannehill - After closing the season as a starter and engineering the Aggies to six straight victories before losing in the Cotton Bowl, Tannehill will be itching to prove what he can do over the course of a full season. - The Sports Xchange