Kevin O'Connell was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round (94th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
2008 (2/0/13/1): Played in his first NFL game in reserve at quarterback versus Miami on Sept. 21.
Kansas City (9/7): Inactive as the third quarterback. at N.Y. Jets (9/14): Suited up but did not play in the Patriots’ 19-10 win over the Jets. Miami (9/21): Saw his first NFL action, entering the game during the fourth quarter at quarterback ... Completed 3 of 4 pass attempts for 25 yards. at San Francisco (10/5): Suited up but did not play in the Patriots’ 30-21 win over the 49ers. at San Diego (10/12): Suited up but did not play. Denver (10/20): Suited up but did not play. St. Louis (10/26): Suited up but did not play in the Patriots’ 23-16 comeback win. at Indianapolis (11/2): Suited up but did not play. Buffalo (11/9): Suited up but did not play in the Patriots’ 20-10 win over the Bills. N.Y. Jets (11/13): Suited up but did not play. at Miami (11/23): Suited up but did not play in the Patriots’ 48-28 win over the Dolphins. Pittsburgh (11/30): Suited up but did not play against the Steelers. at Seattle (12/7): Suited up but did not play against the Seahawks. at Oakland (12/14): Suited up but did not play against the Raiders. Arizona (12/21): Played in reserve at quarterback, taking over for Matt Cassel in the fourth quarter of the Patriots’ 47-7 victory over the Cardinals ... Completed one of two passes attempted for -2 yards. at Buffalo (12/28): Suited up but did not play against the Bills.
In 40 games at San Diego State, the four-time captain gained 7,689 yards on 664 of 1,151 passes (57.69 pct.), 46 touchdowns and 34 interceptions... Totaled 1,312 yards on 396 carries (3.3 avg) and 19 touchdowns... Added 44 yards on two receptions and a pair of solo tackles... Touched the ball 1,547 times for 9,001 yards in total offense, an average of 222.03 yards per game... Finished second in Aztec annals with 9,001 yards in total offense... His 7,689 yards passing rank third on the school career list... His 46 touchdowns are ranked fourth...2007 (Senior) Earned All-Mountain West Conference Second-team honors... Became the first player to lead the Aztecs in both rushing and passing in the same season as he ranked first in the MWC and 23rd nationally in total offense per game (289.2 yards per game) and was second in the league in passing average (255.2 ypg)...Completed 257 of 439 passes (58.5 pct.) for 3,063 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions... Paced the Aztecs with 135 carries for 408 yards (3.0 avg.), a school record for quarterbacks and set another SDSU record with 11 touchdowns on the ground... Also caught two passes for 44 yards... His 3,471 yards in total offense rank fourth in school history... 2006 (Junior): Appeared in seven games, starting four... Hit on 59 of 101 attempts (58.4 pct.) for 635 yards, including five interceptions and three touchdowns... Rushed 48 times for 155 yards (3.2 yard average) with two scores... 2005 (Sophomore): Started all 12 games... Tallied 3,065 yards in total offense... Threw for 2,663 yards on 233 of 375 chances (62.1 pct.), as he produced 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions...Ranked second on the etam with 402 yards and five touchdowns on 140 carries (2.9 yard avg.)... 2004 (Freshman): Was named team captain midway through the 2004 season, taking over at quarterback for the final five games while competing in nine contests... Ranked third on the team with 347 yards and a score on 73 carries (4.8 avg.)... Connected on 115 of 236 tosses (48.7 pct.) for 1,328 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions, amassing 1,675 yards in total offense. 2003 (Redshirt): Redshirted first year at San Diego State.
Kevin O'Connell was born May 25, 1985, in Knoxville, Tenn... Attended La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) High School, lettering three times in football and twice in basketball... Named All-Region by Super Prep and honorable mention All-Region by Prep Star... Added All-League, All North County and All-San Diego accolades... Majored in political science at San Diego.