After taking a hit to the head during Sunday’s 27-24 overtime loss to the Packers, Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer was declared out and did not return.
Hoyer visited the medical tent for a while in the first quarter before heading to the locker room. First-year player Bailey Zappe from Western Kentucky has taken over for Hoyer at quarterback.
It was in the fourth round of this year’s draught that the Patriots picked Zappe. In just one season as a Hilltopper, Zappe threw for 5,967 yards and 62 touchdowns.
With Patriots quarterback Mac Jones out for the season after suffering an ankle injury late in Week 3’s loss to the Ravens, Hoyer got the nod under center on Sunday.
Before leaving, Hoyer completed 5 of 6 passes for 37 yards.
With 10 of 15 pass completions for 99 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut, Zappe showed great promise.
Michigan State University gave Hoyer a redshirt year in 2004; during that time, he was named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week twice. He played in five games that year and completed 15 of 23 passes (652) for 167 yards and two touchdowns.
He and Drew Stanton tied the Big Ten single-game record with seven touchdown passes in a game against Illinois. The quarterback started just eight games in 2006 but threw for 863 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions while appearing in all of them.
Hoyer received an honorable mention All-Big Ten honors in 2007. In those 13 games, he had a completion percentage of.593 (223-376), which equated to 2,725 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. Six times he threw for over 200 yards.
He was one of 26 quarterbacks considered for the 2008 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the country’s best senior quarterback. He graduated high school in 2008. He started 13 games that season and threw for 2,404 yards, 9 TDs, and 9 INTs on 180 of 353 (.510) completions.
DraftScout.com had Hoyer as the ninth-best quarterback available in the 2009 NFL Draft.