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Meet Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud, drafted in the first round (second overall) of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Name: C.J. Stroud
School: Ohio State
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, California
-C.J.'s full name is Coleridge Bernard Stroud IV.
-His birthday is Oct. 3, 2001.
-The son of Coleridge and Kimberly Stroud, C.J. is the youngest of four children with two older brothers, Isaiah and Asmar, and an older sister, Cieara.
-Coming out of high school, Stroud was a five-star prospect rated as the nation's No. 2 pro style quarterback and a top 50 player regardless of position.
-Stroud spent three seasons (2020-22) at Ohio State, where he played in 28 games (25 starts) and completed 575 passes for 8,123 yards and 85 touchdowns, compiling a 21-4 record as a starter.
-He is Ohio State's only two-time Heisman Trophy finalist in school history. Stroud is also the first QB in Big Ten history to have back-to-back seasons with 30 or more touchdown passes.
-Last year, Stroud led the Buckeyes to a No. 9 ranking nationally in total offense (490.7 ypg) and No. 2 in scoring (44.2 ppg) as a third-year sophomore.
-As a freshman, Stroud set the school record for single game touchdown passes after tossing six scores vs. Michigan State on Nov. 20, 2021.
-A natural athlete, Stroud also excelled in basketball. He was Rancho Cucamonga High School's top shooting guard, once winning the quarterfinal basketball playoff game with his three-point shot.
-Despite his success on the football field, Stroud's story is one of hardship, being raised by his mother when his dad went to prison. The Stroud family lived in a small apartment above a storage unit where his mother worked during Stroud's high school years.
-A teacher once told Stroud he had a 0.0078 percent chance of making it into the NFL.
-Among causes important to him, Stroud is passionate about prison reform. He recently spoke about his experience at a dinner attended by the nonprofit REFORM Alliance and even Kim Kardashian.
Stroud and the rookies will report for Texans rookie minicamp at the Houston Methodist Training Center from May 12-13.