Thomas Brandstater is a quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. He previously played for the Denver Broncos, who selected him with the 174th pick in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Brandstater played four seasons for Fresno State. Brandstater is 6-feet, 5-inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. His last name is pronounced Brand-STATE-ur.
Prep Career
At Turlock High School in Turlock, CA, Brandstater played quarterback and defensive back. His high school team primarily ran a rushing offense, limiting his passing yardage. He still drew the attention of Division I schools, and committed to Fresno State after attending the school's summer football camp.
Brandstater redshirted the 2004 season and was a backup in 2005. He became the starter in 2006, but was in and out of the lineup due to ineffectiveness and the Bulldogs struggles during a seven-game losing streak. After being benched for two games, Brandstater returned to lead the Bulldogs to a three-game win streak, before a season-ending loss to San Jose State.
In 2007, Brandstater got Fresno State back to its winning ways, throwing for more than 2,600 yards and leading the Bulldogs to the Humanitarian Bowl. In that game against Georgia Tech, Brandstater threw for 285 yards and a touchdown, earning MVP honors. Brandstater finished his career with 6,857 yards, good for sixth on Fresno State's all-time list. He also threw 47 career touchdown passes, seventh-most in school history.
NFL Career
Brandstater was selected in the sixth round (174th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Before the 2009 season, Brandstater signed a four-year contract with Denver.

Brandstater did not play at all during the 2009 season. On June 7, 2010, he was waived by the Broncos, who'd acquired quarterbacks Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow during the offseason. Brandstater was claimed on waivers by the Indianapolis Colts.