On Statham: Player who will be battling for the starting job again in 2005 ... an athletic player with all of the essential tools to be successful ... struggled at times and looked very good at others ... left spring just behind Sam Hollenbach on the depth chart ... simply needs the success he sees on the practice field to translate on game day ... an Iron Terp who recorded a 300-pound bench press and 565-pound squat in spring testing.
2004 (Sophomore): Started every game except the season finale ... finished 126-for-234 for 1,590 yards, eight touchdowns and 15 interceptions ... also rushed 62 times for 87 yards and a TD ... (vs. FSU) ... completed a career-high 21-for-40 passes for 333 yards and a touchdown ... also ran for his first career touchdown ... stayed in the pocket under pressure in his own end zone to hit Vernon Davis for a 26-yard gain in the first quarter ... hit Davis in stride for a 33-yard gain to convert a 3rd-and-12 in the second quarter ... rushing touchdown was just the second allowed by FSU all season ... hit Josh Allen out of the backfield for a 72-yard touchdown early in the third quarter ... (at Duke) ... completed 22-of-37 passes for a career-high 362 yards with four touchdowns and three INTs ... also rushed for 24 yards ... 22 completions and four TD's were also career-highs... hit Davis in stride while being pressured for a 12-yard touchdown pass late in the first half ... hit Rich Parson in stride on a slant pattern for 24 yards, setting up Nick Novak's 47-yard field goal at the end of the first half ... connected with Davis on a five-yard out pattern that Davis turned into a 40-yard touchdown early in the third quarter ... hit Parson on a comeback route for a 25-yard touchdown in the third quarter ... (vs. TU) ... finished 18-of-25 for 268 yards ... threw the first touchdown pass of his career in the first quarter, threading a ball between two defenders in order to connect with Jo Jo Walker in the end zone for a 12-yard play ... used a pump fake to freeze Derrick Fenner's defender, allowing him to break free into the end zone, where Statham connected with him for a 14-yard touchdown ... (vs. NIU) ... started the first game of his collegiate career ... went 12-for-22 with one interception and 169 yards passing.
2003 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in six games ... most significant action came as McBrien's replacement at Georgia Tech ... finished the season 12-for-25 for 156 yards and one interception ... (vs. UNC) ... completed one of his two passing attempts ... pass was an 11-yard completion to Vernon Davis in the fourth quarter ... (at GT) ... came in during the second quarter to replace the injured Scott McBrien ... finished 11-of-23 for 145 yards with one interception ... hung tough in the face of a relentless pass rush all game ... longest completion of the night was a 35-yard pass to Steve Suter on a crossing route in the middle of the field.
2002 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
High School: A four-year letterwinner at Murray County High School in Chatsworth, Ga. ... led his high school to more victories (19) in a two-year period than any other QB in school history ... rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a senior ... as a senior in 2001, he accounted for 18 touchdowns (nine rushing, nine passing) while throwing for 890 yards and rushing for 820 yards ... was a SuperPrep all-region choice in addition to being selected to the prestigious Georgia-Florida All-Star game (top 35 players from each state) ... also was selected All-North Georgia by the Chattanooga News Free-Press and all-area by the Dalton Daily Citizen-News ... selected his team's Player of the Year after helping guide his team to a 9-3 record and the second round of the Class 4-A playoffs ... as a junior in 2000, he rushed for 1,074 yards and 13 touchdowns while passing for 882 yards and 11 TDs ... was selected his team MVP as a junior ... was his team's starting receiver as a sophomore and the team's four-year starting punter ... showed a glimpse of his ability early in his career when he recorded the longest run from scrimmage in school history as a freshman, going 98 yards for a touchdown vs. Ringgold High School ... also played basketball and baseball ... led his basketball team in scoring as a junior and senior ... a pitcher/outfielder for the baseball team ... also recruited by Auburn, Wake Forest, Western Michigan, Middle Tennessee and Georgia ... high school coach was Bill Napier.
Personal: Joel Statham was born April 23, 1984 ... son of Mark Statham and Denise Bartley ... majoring in family studies ... last name is pronounced "STATE-um."
Passing G-GS Att Comp Int Yds Pct TD LP 2003 6-0 25 12 1 156 .480 0 35 2004 10-10 234 126 15 1,590 .538 8 72 Career 16-10 259 138 16 1,746 .533 8 72
Rushing G-GS Att Net Avg TD LP 2003 6-0 9 (-17) (-1.9) 0 4 2004 10-10 62 87 1.4 1 24 Career 16-10 71 70 0.9 1 24