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Pat Devlin (American football)

Pat Devlin
Devlin scanning the field.
No. 6     Minnesota Vikings
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-04-12) April 12, 1988
Place of birth: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school: Downingtown (PA) East
College: Delaware
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Practice Squad
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at

Patrick Ryan "Pat" Devlin (born April 12, 1988) is an American football quarterback who is on the Minnesota Vikings practice squad.[1] He was signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He started at quarterback for the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens of the University of Delaware. He was recruited to play for the Penn State Nittany Lions out of Downingtown East High School. Having set the Pennsylvania high school career passing yards record with 8,162 career yards, Devlin was a highly touted recruit. Devlin played two seasons at Penn State before deciding to transfer to Delaware.

College career

Penn State


After redshirting the 2006 season, Devlin was listed as the third-string quarterback behind Anthony Morelli and Daryll Clark in 2007. Devlin saw action in games against Florida International, Wisconsin, and Temple, but accumulated few statistics.


In the weeks leading up to the start of the 2008 season, controversy swirled around the Nittany Lions' starting quarterback position. Daryll Clark, the more experienced and agile quarterback was being weighed against the younger, more prolific passing threat in Devlin. In the end, Penn State coach Joe Paterno chose to start Daryll Clark while having him split as much time with Devlin as would be possible.[2] Lopsided victories in the first four games of the 2008 season provided Devlin with much playing time. In games against Coastal Carolina, Oregon State, Syracuse, and Temple, Devlin threw for 260 yards and was 18 of 35.[3] When Clark was forced out in the fourth quarter of the Nittany Lions' crucial game versus Ohio State due to a concussion, Devlin led the team on a go-ahead drive that was culminated by his own 1-yard touchdown run.[4] He also had some playing time against Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Michigan State. Devlin appeared in ten games for the Nittany Lions, passing for 459 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Devlin decided to transfer from Penn State prior to the 2009 Rose Bowl.[5]



Devlin in practice with the Fightin' Blue Hens in 2009.
Devlin signed with the University of Delaware on February 4, 2009 to play for the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team.[6]

Devlin led the 2009 squad to a 6–5 record.[7] Devlin started all eleven games for the Blue Hens, passing for 2,664 yards, sixteen touchdowns, and nine interceptions.[8] In the final game of the season against leukemia research in the Delaware Valley.[15]


In June, Devlin was selected to the Consensus Draft Services Pre-Season NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision pre-season honorable mention All-American. The team is made up of players at the FCS level who the CDS staff predicts will be among the top players in the nation and have a chance to be selected in the National Football League Draft in April 2011.[16] In July, Devlin was placed on the watchlists for the Walter Payton Award[17] and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.[18]

In the season's first game against West Chester, Devlin completed 14 of 23 passes for 163 yards with three touchdown passes to lead the team to a 31-0 shutout. Although Devlin fractured a bone in his non-throwing wrist in the first quarter of the game against South Dakota State, he played through the middle of the fourth quarter.[19] Although cleared to play the following week against Duquesne, Devlin stood on the sidelines. Devlin came back the following week with a big second-half win against Richmond, but was knocked out of the following week's game against James Madison with a concussion. Back at home against Maine, Devlin completed 20 of 36 passes for 286 yards, leading the Blue Hens to their sixth win of the season. After a close win against Rhode Island and a one-point loss against William & Mary, he dominated against Towson, completing 29 of 38 passes for 318 yards and one touchdown while running for another score. Devlin became the ninth Delaware player to pass for over 4,000 yards in a career.

College stats

Year Team Attempts Completions Completion % Yards TDs INT
2006 Penn State
2007 Penn State 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0
2008 Penn State 47 25 53.2% 459 4 0
2009 Delaware 344 220 64.0% 2,664 16 9
2010 Delaware 384 261 68.0% 3,032 22 3
College Totals 776 506 65.2% 6,155 42 12

Professional career

NFL Draft

Devlin entered the 2011 NFL Draft and was regarded as one of the top ten quarterbacks entering the draft by NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, but was not drafted. He was targeted as the first overall pick in the 2011 UFL Draft, but declined to sign a mandatory contract.[20]

Miami Dolphins

Devlin with the Dolphins in 2011.
He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent on July 26, 2011.[21] He was waived after the preseason, but signed with the team's practice squad.[22] He was promoted to the team's active roster on December 20.

Minnesota Vikings

Devlin was signed to the Minnesota Vikings practice squad on November 3, 2014.[1]


  1. ^ a b Christopher Gates (November 3, 2014). "Minnesota Vikings Sign Pat Devlin To Practice Squad". Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Giger, Cory (August 26, 2008). "Clark picked as PSU's starting QB". The Altoona Mirror. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Pat Devlin Stats, News, Videos, Pictures, Bio - Delaware Fightin Blue Hens".  
  4. ^ Miller, Rusty (October 26, 2008). "Penn St scores last 10 to win, 13-6 - College Football". Yahoo!. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Penn State QB Pat Devlin to transfer". ESPN. December 10, 2008. Retrieved July 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Devlin signs with Delaware".  
  7. ^ "2009 University of Delaware Football FINAL Results". University of Delaware. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  8. ^ "2009 University of Delaware Football Overall Individual Statistics (FINAL)". University of Delaware. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Pat Devlin | Delaware, QB : 2011 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". November 24, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ Tresolini, Kevin (October 12, 2009). "CAA again honors Devlin; Burley also cited". U. Talk. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  11. ^ "CAA Football Weekly Release - Season Wrap". CAA Sports. December 2009. p. 46. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Football Players of the Week: (for the week ending October 11, 2009)". ECAC Sports. October 13, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Pat Devlin - Background". The Sports Network. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  14. ^ "2009 Walter Payton Award Voting". The Sports Network. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  15. ^ "University of Delaware Football Standout Pat Devlin Honored by Eagles Fly for Leukemia". University of Delaware. November 13, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  16. ^ "University of Delaware Football Standouts Devlin, Walters Named to Consensus Draft Services Pre-Season All-American Team". University of Delaware. Retrieved June 9, 2010. 
  17. ^ "University of Delaware Quarterback Pat Devlin Named to Walter Payton Award Watch List". University of Delaware. July 14, 2010. Retrieved July 24, 2010. 
  18. ^ "University of Delaware QB Pat Devlin Earns Spot on Prestigious Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List". University of Delaware. July 22, 2010. Retrieved July 24, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Delaware's Devlin has fracture, but will play". The Sports Network. September 13, 2010. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  20. ^ Schefter, Adam (May 3, 2011). "Twitter: Adam Schefter (verified account)". Retrieved May 3, 2011. Delaware QB Pat Devlin was targeted as No. 1 selection in UFL Draft, but was required to sign a contract prior to draft. He chose not to. 
  21. ^ "ESPN John Clayton Reports". July 26, 2011. Sources: Pat Devlin to Dolphins 
  22. ^ Neal, David J (September 4, 2011). "Miami Dolphins move QB Pat Devlin to practice squad". Miami Herald. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 

External links

  • Miami Dolphins bio
  • Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens bio
  • Penn State Nittany Lions bio
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