T. C. Ostrander
Personal information
Born: (1985-01-04) January 4, 1985 (age 36)
Stanford, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only

Thomas Clinton "T. C." Ostrander (born January 4, 1985) is a former American football quarterback.

High school career

Ostrander graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, California, where he led the team to a Central Coast Section Division II championship in his senior year. That year, he completed 193 of 288 passes for 3,059 yards, 44 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions.[1]

College career

Ostrander was a top quarterback recruit in 2002. He chose Stanford, and after redshirting in his freshman year of 2003, Ostrander started the last two games of the 2004 season after starter Trent Edwards went out with injuries. He played backup to Edwards in 2005 and the first half of 2006. When Edwards suffered a season-ending foot injury in the seventh week of the 2006 season, Ostrander became the starter, and started for the first 4 games of the 2007 season under new coach Jim Harbaugh.

On September 30, 2007, Ostrander suffered a seizure while watching Edwards make his first professional start for the Buffalo Bills. He was sidelined as a precautionary measure for Stanford's next game against top-ranked USC.[2] His backup, Tavita Pritchard, led Stanford to an upset 24–23 victory and was named the starter for the next game against TCU.[3] Pritchard remained the starter until the last game of the season against Cal, when Ostrander again got the start in his last college game. He and Pritchard both played, with each throwing a touchdown pass to lead Stanford to its first Big Game win since 2001.


Ostrander went undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft, but was signed as a free agent by the New Orleans Saints soon afterward.[4] On May 18, 2008, Ostrander was waived.[5]


  1. ^ "Player Bio: T. C. Ostrander" (PDF). Stanford Football Media Guide. 2006. p. 83. Retrieved January 31, 2007.
  2. ^ "Ostrander sidelined for week after seizure". San Jose Mercury News. October 3, 2007. Retrieved October 8, 2007.
  3. ^ Sabedra, Darren (October 10, 2007). "Pritchard will remain Stanford starter at quarterback". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved October 11, 2007.
  4. ^ Anderson, Christopher P. (April 28, 2008). "All Stanford players go undrafted; Ostrander, Mattran signed quickly". Stanford Daily. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved April 28, 2008.
  5. ^ "New Orleans Saints: Transactions". New Orleans Saints. June 25, 2008. Retrieved September 27, 2008.