With Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub possibly out for the season, the team is looking to add depth at the quarterback position. According to Joseph Duarte, of Rice athletics, the Texans will work out former Rice Owl Chase Clement on Monday. Clement, a 2008 graduate from Rice University, is a former teammate of Texans FB James Casey.
During his time at Rice Clement set several passing records, including career yards (9,785), touchdowns (99) and completions (832). He tied the NCAA record for career touchdowns (99) alongside Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart.
After completing college he went on to play with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League. While playing for the Locomotives Clement led them to a championship in 2010 and was named MVP. This year he again led them to the championship game but was defeated.
At 6’1″ Clements is not the ideal height for a player at his position. His toughness, intelligence, and savvy allows him to know the ins-and-outs of offenses and to make effective calls at the line of scrimmage. His arm strength is great for short and medium passes over the middle or down the sidelines but lacks the strength to be effective past 20 yards. He has a good touch on fade routes and can look off the safety in order to open up the field but panics when the pocket begins to collapse.
If Clements is signed to the team he will be the third quarterback behind Matt Leinart and T.J. Yates.