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T.J. Yates not motivated by draft-day experience

He has started two games, winning both. Last week, the second victory, was against Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton, the 35th choice in the 2011 NFL Draft. Today’s opponent features the No. 1 overall pick, Carolina’s Cam Newton. And in a couple of weeks against Tennessee, it might be Jake Locker, who was drafted eighth, taking the snaps. T.J. Yates was nabbed 152nd overall by the Texans, a fifth-round selection. (Houston Chronicle)

Texans riding steady hand of Yates

T..J. Yates led kids on a shopping spree around a sporting goods store this week as a pack of cameramen recorded his every move. Nearby, at the Houston Texans' merchandise store, patrons asked clerks when the “Yates” jerseys would hit the racks. It's T.J. time in Houston. (Associated Press)

John Bunting to Pitt?

Lots of talk regarding Coach John Bunting to Pitt, especially on Twitter. While the whole Todd Graham thing was definitely a fiasco (can't believe that that guy took yet another new job after coming to Pitt for just one year), moving to Bunting seems like a rushed move to me. He's a good guy and all but it seems like Pitt should be able to do better. Bunting back in the ACC? Wow. (Carolina March)

From nowhere to playoffs for UNC's Yates

On Sunday in Reliant Stadium, Cam Newton and T.J. Yates will start against each other when the Panthers visit the Texans, who locked down the franchise's first playoff berth last Sunday when Yates - the third-team quarterback three weeks ago - tossed a six-yard touchdown pass with two seconds remaining to beat Cincinnati 20-19, sparking a celebration across southeast Texas. (Charlotte Observer)

Panthers look to slow down ex-Tar Heels QB T.J. Yates

The Carolina Panthers know if they want to get back on the winning track Sunday against the Houston Texans they'll need to do something nobody has managed to accomplish — beat T.J. Yates. Yates has rewritten the history books this month, becoming the first former Tar Heel to start a game at quarterback in the NFL and the first rookie in 43 years to lead his team to come-from-behind wins the fourth quarter or overtime of his first two starts. (San Antonio Express-News)

Redskins sign Richard Quinn

The Redskins have announced that they have signed tight end Richard Quinn to their roster and have put nose tackle Chris Baker on injured reserve. Quinn, 25, was a 2009 second-round draft pick of the Broncos. He has only one career reception in 29 NFL games. (CSN Washington)

T.J. Yates: ‘I’m just a normal dude’

T.J. Yates has become a household name in Houston and a cherished chapter in the Texans’ history book. The 24-year-old rookie quarterback threw a six-yard touchdown pass against the Bengals Sunday to win the game and clinch the division championship. (KHOU.com)

Vote for T.J. Yates for NFL rookie of the week

Houston Texans rookie quarterback T.J. Yates is nominated for both NFL Rookie of the Week and Never Say Never Moment of the Week honors for his performance in the win at Cincinnati. Yates completed 26-of-44 passes for 300 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the Texans’ 20-19 win over the Bengals. (Houston Texans)

Final drive brings out best in Yates, teammates

John Shoop, the offensive coordinator at North Carolina, chuckled earlier in the month when asked about the mobility of his former pupil, Texans rookie quarterback T.J. Yates. “People said he couldn’t run,” Shoop said. “But he has great short area quickness. He’ll buy time in the pocket.” Despite insisting afterwards that he looked “slow,” Yates showed off his wheels Sunday, converting a 3rd-and-15 with 44 seconds left by scrambling 17 yards against the Bengals. (Houston Chronicle)

If QBs get all the credit, where's the love for Yates?

In this so-called "Year of the Quarterback," thanks to ESPN, you'd think T.J. Yates' story would get a little more attention. He's a player that has come full circle, from getting booed in Chapel Hill to NFL starting QB. Instead, the narrative for Houston is about how resilient the overall team has been. Still, how about some props? (WRAL Sports Fan)

These are the best seats we could get for TJ Yates’ parents?

You would think that being a starting quarterback in the NFL would come with at least a couple of privileges, like getting your parents within seven miles of the field to see you play on Sunday. If you're Houston Texans starter T.J. Yates and you're playing in Cincinnati, though? Not the case. Mr. and Mrs. Yates did get to see their son (or at least, the tiny white blob they assumed was their son) pull out a thrilling comeback win over the Bengals. (Yahoo! Sports)

Video: T.J. Yates orchestrates game-winning drive

Rookie QB T.J. Yates led the biggest drive in Houston Texans history Sunday, throwing a 6-yard touchdown pass with two seconds left for a 20-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Texans clinched the first playoff berth in franchise history with the win. (NFL.com)

T.J. Yates, Texans beat Bengals 20-19 for first playoff berth

A rookie quarterback led the biggest drive in Houston Texans history, one that took them to the end zone and their first playoff berth. T.J. Yates threw a 6-yard touchdown pass with 2 seconds left on Sunday for a 20-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that put the Texans in the playoffs for the first time. With their seventh straight win, the Texans (10-3) moved to the threshold of the playoffs. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Gerald Sensabaugh gets five-year deal with Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys agreed to terms on a five-year, $22.5 million deal with starting free safety Gerald Sensabaugh on Friday. Sensabaugh, who has signed one-year contracts with the Cowboys over the last three seasons, will get $8 million guaranteed, including a $4 million signing bonus. (ESPN.com)

UNC football legend Walt Pupa dies at 90

UNC football legend Walt Pupa died last week in Raleigh. Pupa was a fullback for the Tar Heels in the 1940s. Although his time at UNC was interrupted by military service in World War Two, he went on to win the Patterson Medal, which is awarded to UNC’s all-around best teammate and player, and was named a first team All-American player. (Chapelboro.com)

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