Joe Flacco #5 QB
Height: 6-6 Weight: 245 Age: 31
Born: 1/16/1985 Audubon , NJ
Experience: 9th season
High School: Audubon HS [NJ]
Selected By: Baltimore Ravens
Pick (Overall): 18 (18)
After two years of relative inactivity behind Tyler Palko at the University of Pittsburgh, Joe Flacco decided to leave the Panthers' program.
He was not eligible to play during the 2005 season under NCAA transfer rules -- the Panthers had refused to release him from his scholarship.
Flacco had a decent junior season for Delaware, getting acclimated to his new teammates and offense. He followed that up with a stellar senior campaign, as the Fightin' Blue Hens fell just one game short of capturing the NCAA Championship Subdivision title in a tough loss to Appalachian State.
At Audubon High School, Flacco was a two-time New Jersey All-Group II, All-South Jersey and All-Colonial Conference first-team selection. He was named the Colonial Conference Athlete of the Year and South Jersey Touchdown Club Offensive Back of the Year as a senior. He was also a South Jersey Touchdown Club first-team All-Academic, Courier Post Scholar Athlete of the Year and Brooks-Irvine Offensive Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
He received Super Prep All-Northeast honors and was rated the 33rd-best prospect in New Jersey by that recruiting service. Flacco was rated one of the nation's top 40 "pro-style" quarterbacks by Rivals100.com and earned Prep Star All-East Region accolades.
Flacco was a three-year starter at quarterback, throwing for 5,137 career yards, including 2,020 as a senior. His career passing yardage total ranked fourth in South Jersey history and he also set a single-game South Jersey record with 471 passing yards. He earned three letters in football and baseball, and two in basketball. He led the baseball team to the state title and was also a member of the Principal's Honor Roll.
Flacco enrolled at Pittsburgh in 2003, spending the season on the scout team. He saw brief action in three games in 2004, as he hit on just 1-of-4 passes for 11 yards, rushed six times for zero yards and punted once for 25 yards. He left the school after the 2004 campaign, but because he was not released from his scholarship, he was forced to sit out the 2005 season.
In 2006, Flacco started 11 games at Delaware. He earned Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week honors three times, as he connected on, 264-of-417 passes (63.3%) for 2,783 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He scored five times and gained 54 yards on 83 carries (0.7-yard average), but was sacked 23 times and turned the ball over four times on eight fumbles. At 6-foot-6, Flacco was the tallest quarterback in school history (Scott Brunner, 1978-79, was 6-foot-5).
Flacco earned All-American, All-East, All-ECAC and All-Colonial Athletic Association honors as a senior in 2007. He added ECAC Player of the Year and CAA Co-Offensive Player of the Year accolades and was also a member of the league's Academic Honor Roll. He set school records completing 331 passes for 4,263 yards on 521 attempts (63.5%) with 23 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He ranked sixth in the nation with an average of 460.6 yards per game in total offense, as he scored four times of 64 carries (0.3-yard average) and fumbled just twice.
Flacco started all 26 games he played in for Delaware. In just two seasons, he holds the school record with 595 pass completions on 938 attempts (63.4%), ranking second all-time with 7,046 aerial yards. He threw for 41 touchdowns and had 15 interceptions, as he was sacked 48 times for minus-311 yards and turned the ball over four times on ten fumbles. He rushed 147 times for 76 yards (9.5-yard average) and nine scores, amassing 7,112 yards in total offense, an average of 273.54 yards per game.