SaberCats Add Former MVP QB Erik Meyer
Friday October 10, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose SaberCats announced today that they have been assigned the 2013 Arena Football League Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Erik Meyer.
“Erik Meyer is one of the top quarterbacks in the AFL and brings a lot of versatility to our football team,” said Owner and Head Coach Darren Arbet. “He understands the speed of the game, and he has the ability to beat you with both his arm and his legs.”
Meyer (6-2, 215, Eastern Washington) is a five-year AFL veteran, having played every game with the Spokane Shock. For his career, he has completed 762-of-1125 pass attempts for 8,721 yards with 199 touchdown passes to just 26 interceptions. In addition, Meyer has rushed 119 times for 277 yards and 39 rushing scores.
Last season, the La Mirada, California native appeared in 12 games for Spokane, completing 236-of-354 passes for 2,519 yards with 54 touchdowns to just nine interceptions. Meyer also added a team-high 48 carriers for 111 yards, and a Shock franchise record 20 rushing touchdowns. In 2013, he started all 18 games for Spokane, setting the franchise record with 4,667 yards passing to go along with 112 touchdowns to only 11 interceptions. En route to winning AFL MVP, Offensive Player of the Year and earning First-Team All-Arena honors, Meyer added a Shock record 120 yards rushing with a franchise record 15 rushing scores (which he broke in 2014). Adding to his prolific season, he began the season with an Arena Football League record 193 straight pass attempts without an interception. In 2012 with Spokane, Meyer began the year as the starting quarterback, but an injury knocked him out for the duration of the season. In 2011, he was traded midseason from the Utah Blaze to Spokane, where he appeared in five contents, picking up 967 passing yards and 25 total touchdowns. In the offseason after the 2010 season, he was assigned to the Blaze. As a rookie in 2010, Meyer saw action in two games with the Shock, completing 18-of-24 passes for 274 yards with five touchdowns to one interception.
Meyer attended the University of Eastern Washington to play college football. Over his four year career, Meyer appeared in 42 games, starting 35 and led the school to two Big Sky Championships. As a junior and senior, he was named the Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year. In 2005, his final season as an Eagle, Meyer earned the Walter Payton Award, which honors the best offensive player from NCAA Division 1-AA each year. Currently, he is the NCAA Division 1-AA record holder with a passer efficiency rating of 166.7. Meyer also holds multiple school records with 10,261 passing yards, 84 touchdowns and a 65.7 completion percentage. In addition, he was also recognized for his academic excellence while at EWU, earning the Joseph Helen Dankert Gold Scholar award for achieving a 3.8+ GPA during his time as an Eagle.
After college, Meyer signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League in 2006. In 2007, Meyer signed on to be the starting quarterback of the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europa before the league folded. Later that year, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks. In 2008, Meyer joined the Oakland Raiders and in 2009, he signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
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