Brian Hoyer is a quarterback for the New England Patriots. He joined the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State, where he was a starter for two seasons.
Prep Career
At Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Hoyer was a standout baseball and football player. He threw for more than 4,500 yards combined in his junior and senior seasons. He was the No. 20-ranked quarterback in the class of 2004 according to Scout.com. After considering Maryland, South Carolina and Wake Forest, Hoyer signed with Michigan State.
College Career
Hoyer sat out 2004 as a redshirt, and played sparingly behind Drew Stanton in 2005. As a sophomore, Hoyer earned his first starting action, and finished the season with 863 yards passing in eight games. Hoyer was the Spartans starter for the 2007 and 2008 seasons, and finished his career ranked third on the school's all-time passing yardage list with 6,159 career passing yards. He also ranks third in completions (500) and sixth in touchdown passes (35). He was an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection in both his junior and senior seasons.
Professional Career
Hoyer was eligible to be selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed a free-agent contract with the New England Patriots, to compete for a spot as Tom Brady's backup.

Hoyer finished the 2009 preseason 29-of-54 for 354 passing yards and a touchdown, beating out Matt Gutierrez, Kevin O'Connell and Andrew Walter for the Patriots No. 2 quarterback job. Hoyer made his NFL debut in a blowout win against the Tennessee Titans in Week 6 of 2009. He completed 9-of-11 passes and ran for a touchdown in the Patriots 59-0 victory.