05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 4/135 - Tom Savage, QB, 6-4, 235, Pittsburgh...The well-traveled Savage was outstanding as a true freshman at Rutgers and exceptional as a senior at Pitt. Went 1,024 days without playing because he missed three seasons while transferring. Good size, big arm, solid mechanics. Will be coached hard and won't be rushed into lineup. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/2014 - Quarterback Ryan Mallett was the subject of rumors and reports of a potential trade on the afternoon prior to the first round of the NFL Draft. One report indicated that a deal was quite close to finalization to send the fourth-year backup to the Texans, where he'd be reunited with former Patriots offensive coordinator and now Houston head coach Bill O'Brien. Belichick was subsequently asked during his day-one draft press conference if he'd had any discussions about trading Mallett. "Why don't you talk to whoever wrote the story?" Belichick responded tersely, referencing the original report on CSNNE.com. "Since that person has all the answers, go talk to them." Numerous reports have since said that no trade discussions ever took place between the two team and Houston went on to draft quarterback Tom Savage on the third day of the draft. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 45/5. Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh, 6-4, 228, 4.97, 2...Traveling Tom transferred twice (from Rutgers, Arizona) and sat out two seasons (2011, 2012) in search of optimum situation, then struggled last season on a team that didn't give him a lot of protection. Savage has excellent size and an NFL-caliber arm. It is important to know what date of game is on films because as the 2013 season progressed so did his ability to understand how to accept the check-down instead of the sack. Note this: When Savage was a freshman at Rutgers in 2010, NFLDraftScout.com rated Savage as the No. 5 quarterback in the 2014 draft, right where he is now. Frankly: Big guy with a big arm who shows a grasp of the pro-style game and if he gets the time and tutoring necessary he might surprise those who lost track of him after two years out of the game. In weathering a rough start last season he showed maturity that was missing earlier career. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Quarterbacks: Tom Savage, Pittsburgh, 6-4, 228, 4.97...Traveling Tom transferred twice (from Rutgers, Arizona) and sat out two seasons (2011, 2012) in search of optimum situation, then struggled last season on a team that didn't give him a lot of protection. Savage has excellent size and an NFL-caliber arm. It is important to know what date of game is on films because as the 2013 season progressed so did his ability to understand how to accept the check-down instead of the sack.
Note this: When Savage was a freshman at Rutgers in 2010, NFLDraftScout.com rated Savage as the No. 5 quarterback in the 2014 draft. Frankly: Big guy with a big arm who shows a grasp of the pro-style game and if he gets the time and tutoring necessary he might surprise those who lost track of him after two years out of the game. In weathering a rough start last season he showed maturity that was missing earlier career. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
05/06/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Quarterbacks: Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, 6-2, 226, 4.97...Garoppolo created a buzz as he broke all of Tony Romo's career school records, as well as all of the Ohio Valley Conference passing records. Won the Walter Payton Award in 2013 after throwing for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns. His career totals include 13,156 yards passing, 118 touchdowns in a pass-happy, shotgun offense that has not helped prepare him for the NFL. Frankly: Garoppolo can find receivers and fire the ball on target faster than you can say his name. Lighting release and frozen rope medium distance sideline passes are reminiscent of Dan Marino's lasers. This despite concerns about his size, short arms and small hands. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/17/2014 - In that (Nov. 23 Syracuse) game, Savage took a vicious hit in the ribs but played through the pain. A week later, he threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Miami. Then, in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Bowling Green on Dec. 26, Savage was hit near the same spot and was forced to leave the game with fractured ribs and, as it turned out, a bruised kidney. At halftime, he said he discovered blood in his urine. That forced him to set aside his courage and let backup quarterback Chad Voytik finish the game. "When I saw that, I said, ???All right. You have to pull back.' "It was better for the program for Chad (a redshirt freshman) to get to play. It gave everyone a confidence boost for next season." But it didn't help Savage, who was forced to turn down an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game. He also couldn't serve as an alternate for the Senior Bowl.
Instead, he put his workout schedule on hold for two weeks to rest and recuperate. He said he is healed and ready for the combine and a return to Pittsburgh on March 3 for Pitt's pro day. While working out with former NFL quarterback Travis Brown, he has learned that a strong arm - and he has one - isn't enough. "A lot of guys in the NFL can throw the ball 70 yards," Savage said. "The tough thing is doing it with people in your face." Working with Brown almost every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., he is trying to improve his footwork. "I want to quicken up my feet, quicken my game up in general," he said. - Jerry DiPaola, Tribune-Review
12/26/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Tom Savage of Pitt is minus-208 yards rushing as the Panthers have allowed 41 sacks, but he has thrown for 2,834 yards and 21 touchdowns with nine interceptions while completing 61.2 percent of his passes. - The Sports Xchange
11/23/2013 - Isaac Bennett scored the decisive touchdown on a 5-yard run on the final play of the third quarter, Tom Savage passed for 218 yards and another score, and Pittsburgh rallied past Syracuse 17-16 on Saturday in a critical game for both teams. Both needed a victory to become eligible for the postseason, and Pitt (6-5, 3-4 ACC) got the job done. Syracuse (5-6, 3-4) has one more chance next week at home against Boston College.
Trailing with time winding down in the third, Savage directed a nine-play, 88-yard drive to give the Panthers the winning score. After taking a hard hit from blitzing linebacker Marquis Spruill, Savage hit tight end J.P. Holtz for 16 yards on third down, and the ball was moved another 15 yards to the Syracuse 43 after an unsportsmanlike conduct was whistled against the Orange. Savage hit Holtz again for 11 yards on the right side, and Manasseh Garner caught two more passes for 27 yards to set up Bennett's run. - AP Sports
10/07/2013 - Pitt quarterback Tom Savage, who has been suffering from concussion-like symptoms, will be available when the Panthers meet Virginia Tech on Saturday. Savage was injured vs. Virginia on Sept. 28, and left that game. The Panthers were off last week after the 14-3 win over the Cavaliers. "Tom has been cleared," Pitt coach Paul Chryst said, before looking at the remainder of his injuries. "I think we're going to get (starting middle linebacker) Shane (Gordon) back. He's going to try to go, and we'll see where he's at. (Defensive end Bryan) Murphy missed the last couple games, (but) we think he's going to go." Pitt (3-1, 2-1 ACC) has pleasant memories vs. the No. 24 Hokies (5-1, 2-0). Virginia Tech was ranked No. 12 when the Panthers posted a 35-17 win at Heinz Field last season. - AP Sports
09/30/2013 - Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage is recovering from concussion-like symptoms and is expected to play on Oct. 12 against Virginia Tech. Savage left last Saturday's 14-3 win over Virginia in the fourth quarter after taking a helmet-to-helmet shot from Cavaliers defensive back Daquan Romero. Wide receiver Tyler Boyd described Savage as "drowsy" on the sideline while wide receiver Devin Street called Savage "dazed."
Pitt spokesman E.J. Borghetti said Monday that Savage is only dealing with "mild symptoms" and is making progress. Savage completed 13 of 30 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions while also enduring seven sacks against the Cavaliers. Pitt (3-1, 2-1 ACC) has won three straight games for the first time since 2010. The Panthers are off this week. - AP Sports
09/23/2013 - WEEK 4 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Tom Savage, Sr., QB, Pitt, 6-5, 230, Springfield, Pa.,...Savage completed nearly 70 percent of his passes (23 of 33) for 424 yards and did not throw an interception in the 58-55 victory at Duke, Pitt's first ACC win. Savage's six touchdown passes were the most by an ACC player since 1999 and matched the conference record initially set in 1987. Savage's scoring strikes covered 27, 67, 69, 14, 21 and 17 yards. His passing yardage against Duke was the highest at Pitt since 1994 and ranks fourth overall on the school's all-time list. - ACC football
09/23/2013 - SEPT 23 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS NATIONAL FBS CO-OFFENSIVE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Tom Savage (Pittsburgh)...Savage was also named the Walter Camp Football Foundation's National Offensive Player of the Week after tying the Atlantic Coast Conference record with six touchdown passes in the Panthers' 58-55 victory at Duke on Saturday.
Savage completed nearly 70% of his passes (23 of 33) for 424 yards and did not throw an interception against the Blue Devils. His six TD passes were the most by an ACC player since 1999 and matched the record set in 1987.
Savage's scoring strikes covered 27, 67, 69, 14, 21 and 17 yards. His passing yardage against Duke was the highest at Pitt since 1994 and ranks fourth overall. On the season, Savage has completed 65% of his passes (51 of 78) for 861 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. He leads the ACC in passing yards per game (287.0 avg.) and ranks second in pass efficiency (185.9 rating) and total offense (274.7 avg.). - Pitt football/College Football Performance Awards
09/23/2013 - SEPT 23 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS FBS CO-QUARTERBACK PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Tom Savage (Pittsburgh)...Savage completed nearly 70% of his passes (23 of 33) for 424 yards and did not throw an interception against the Blue Devils. His six TD passes were the most by an ACC player since 1999 and matched the record set in 1987. Honorable Mention: Kenny Guiton (Ohio State), Bryce Petty (Baylor), Terrel Hunt (Syracuse), Dak Prescott (Mississippi State), Derek Carr (Fresno State). - Pitt football/College Football Performance Awards
09/23/2013 - WEEK 4 NCAA NATIONAL FBS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tom Savage tied an Atlantic Coast Conference record with six touchdown passes and Pittsburgh held on for a wild 58-55 win against Duke on Saturday. Savage threw for a career-high 424 yards on 23-of-33 passing with three scoring passes to freshman Tyler Boyd. Savage surpassed both of the major career highs he set for Rutgers in 2009 - or, two transfers ago - before halftime of this one while becoming the first ACC player to throw for six scores since Virginia's Dan Ellis and Florida State's Chris Weinke both did it on Nov. 13, 1999. - NCAA.com
09/23/2013 - WEEK 4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Tom Savage, Pittsburgh, threw for 424 yards and tied an Atlantic Coast Conference record with six TD passes to lead the Panthers to a wild 58-55 win over Duke. - AP Sports
09/22/2013 - WEEK 4 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: TOM SAVAGE, PITTSBURGH, RS Senior, Quarterback, Springfield, PA/Cardinal O'Hara...Tom Savage tied an Atlantic Coast Conference record with six touchdown passes as the Panthers (2-1, 1-1 in the ACC) defeated Duke, 58-55. Savage completed 23-of-33 passes for 424 yards and did not throw an interception. Savage threw scoring tosses of 27, 67, 69, 14, 21 and 17 yards.
Savage is the fourth Pittsburgh player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining former Panthers QB Tyler Palko (Nov. 14, 2004), LB Scott McKillop (Oct. 5, 2008) and RB Ray Graham (Oct. 2, 2011). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
09/21/2013 - Tom Savage tied an Atlantic Coast Conference record with six touchdown passes and Pittsburgh held on for a wild 58-55 win over Duke on Saturday. Savage threw for a career-high 424 yards on 23-of-33 passing with three scoring passes to freshman Tyler Boyd. The Panthers (2-1, 1-1) never trailed and claimed their first ACC victory despite receiving plenty of scares down the stretch from a persistent Duke team.
Brandon Connette had four touchdown passes and four interceptions, and he rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns for Duke (2-2, 0-2). Connette's 4-yard touchdown run with 3:17 left pulled the Blue Devils within three. Pitt recovered the onside kick, and Savage's 15-yard pass to Kevin Weatherspoon on third-and-7 helped the Panthers run out the clock. The teams combined for 1,130 total yards. - AP Sports
09/14/2013 - Pitt scored touchdowns on six of its first eight possessions and defeated New Mexico 49-27 in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field. The Panthers (1-1, 0-1 ACC), who return to ACC play Saturday at Duke, got five touchdowns from their talented freshman class and a dominant performance from their defense in the first half. Pitt held New Mexico (1-2) to just 59 total yards at halftime, including five yards rushing. Senior tailback Kasey Carrier, who entered the game with an NCAA-best 345 yards rushing, had just 22 yards on seven carries against the Panthers.
Tom Savage was 13 of 17 for 236 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. Savage's two interceptions and two Pitt fumbles kept the Panthers from a premier performance, but it was enough to easily handle New Mexico. The Lobos play host to UNLV in a Mountain West matchup Saturday night. - AP Sports
09/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Tom Savage was anything but dejected after the loss to Florida State. He noted more than once how he felt the offense could be something special this season. He will likely have a chance to back up those words against a pass defense that is far from what he faced Labor Day, when he threw for only 166 yards with a pair of picks after the opening drive. - The Sports Xchange
09/02/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB Tom Savage - It sounds like a broken record, but if he does not work out then it is likely little will for the Pitt offense. It is too soon for Chryst to turn the keys over to Voytik, a redshirt freshman. Hence, the hope is Savage can make some things happen after sitting out for two years after transferring twice. Frankly, there is little choice right now. At least Savage got to know Chryst and his system last season. He also worked with the scout team and then he took the bulk of the snaps in the spring. - The Sports Xchange
08/14/2013 - Tom Savage has been selected to start at quarterback for Pittsburgh when it opens the season against Florida State on Labor Day in its first Atlantic Coast Conference game. Panthers coach Paul Chryst made it official on Wednesday, though Savage was considered the front-runner to win the job since spring practice. Savage, who transferred twice before landing at Pitt, hasn't played a college game since 2010 when he was a sophomore at Rutgers. He was the most experienced quarterback on Pitt's roster. Savage started as a freshman for Rutgers and passed for 2,211 yards with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2009. He transferred to Arizona, but never played for the Wildcats, then transferred to Pittsburgh and sat out last season. - AP Sports