Underwood with the Patriots in 2011
|Offensive quality control coach|
|Date of birth:February 17, 1987|
|Place of birth: New Brunswick, New Jersey|
|NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 7 / Pick: 253|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
| As player:|
* Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2009– 2010)
| As coach:|
Wide receivers coach
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at CFL.ca|
Tiquan Underwood (born February 17, 1987) is an American football coach and former wide receiver who is the offensive quality control coach for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Rutgers and was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Underwood also played for the New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Carolina Panthers in the NFL. He made his CFL debut for the Hamilton Tiger Cats in 2015. Underwood is known for his distinctive hi-top fade hairstyle.
Underwood grew up in North Brunswick, New Jersey. He played for Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Underwood started as a wide receiver his sophomore and senior years. He was rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and only received scholarship offers from Rutgers, Vanderbilt, and Maryland.
During the opening week of the 2007 college football season, Underwood was one of four nominees for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award.
In 2008, Underwood was named a team captain. After the season, he was the recipient of the Loyal Knight Award, honoring the Rutgers player whose character and dedication have proved resilient in his pursuit of excellence.
Underwood was drafted 253rd overall in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft Jacksonville Jaguars. He was waived on September 5, 2009. He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 6. He was called up from the Jaguars practice squad on September 23, 2009. He was waived on August 25, 2011, after playing in 10 games in 2010.
New England Patriots
On August 29, 2011, Underwood signed with the New England Patriots. On September 3, five days after signing with Patriots, Underwood was cut. On November 8, 2011, Underwood was signed to the 53 man roster to boost a beleaguered kick return squad. He was released on November 12 and re-signed on November 23, 2011. On February 4, 2012, the night before Super Bowl XLVI, he was released. He was re-signed to the Patriots two days after the Super Bowl on February 7, 2012. He was cut again on May 3 after the Patriots had signed Jabar Gaffney. On August 23, 2012, he received his own AFC Championship ring.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
On May 7, 2012, Underwood signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He rejoined his former coach Greg Schiano. Underwood was released by the Buccaneers on August 31, 2012 even though many felt he had an impressive training camp. On September 20, 2012, Tiquan was signed again by the Buccaneers When they released wide receiver Preston Parker. On October 21, 2012, Underwood caught his first touchdown pass of his career in a losing effort to the New Orleans Saints. He was released again by the Buccaneers on September 1, 2013 but then re-signed on October 2, 2013.
On April 2, 2015, Underwood signed with the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Underwood played in 14 games in the 2015 season and then 3 in the 2016 season before being released partway through the season in August 2016. In total he caught 45 passes for 711 yards with 3 touchdowns.
Underwood was signed to the Montreal Alouettes' practice roster on September 28, 2016. In his first season in Montreal Underwood played in 3 games catching 8 passes for 107 yards with one touchdown. Underwood was resigned for the 2017 season. On July 19, Underwood caught 5 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown, giving him 1,000 yards receiving in both his CFL and NFL careers. He was released by the Alouettes on October 18, 2017.
Shortly after retiring from playing professional football, Underwood was hired as the wide receivers coach for Lafayette for the 2018 season.
NFL head coaches under whom Tiquan Underwood has served:
- "Blogs: Rap Sheet» Blog Archive » New Patriots WR Tiquan Underwood breaks down his decision to go with the high top fade". BostonHerald.com. August 30, 2011. http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/rap_sheet/index.php/2011/08/30/new-patriots-wr-tiquan-underwood-breaks-down-his-decision-to-go-with-the-high-top-fade/. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- Staff. "Former Rutgers star Tiquan Underwood faces decisive season with Jacksonville Jaguars", The Star-Ledger, July 17, 2011. Accessed January 30, 2013. "Underwood, a North Brunswick native and a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, has spent the better part of the summer training at the University of Minnesota with Fitzgerald and a number of other NFL players as part of Fitzgerald's annual workout sessions."
- "NDHS | Private Catholic High School in Lawrenceville NJ". https://www.ndnj.org/.
- Tom Luicci/The Star-Ledger. "Underwood nominated for national honor". NJ.com. http://www.nj.com/rutgersfootball/index.ssf/2007/09/underwood_nominated_for_nation.html. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- "Rutgers Football Award Winners". Scarletknights.com. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120224083149/http://www.scarletknights.com/football/history/awards-ru.asp. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- Michael C. Wright. "Jaguars cut Bouman, sign McCown". jacksonville.com. Archived from the original on January 7, 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100107140313/http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2009-09-07/story/jaguars_cut_bouman_sign_mccown. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- "Patriots OT Solder questionable to face Jets with concussion". NFL.com. November 12, 2011. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d824089b0/article/patriots-ot-solder-questionable-to-face-jets-with-concussion. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
- Flannery, Paul. "Pats sign Silvestro, release Underwood". Weei.com. http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/21174811/pats-sign-de-silvestro-release-wr-underwood. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- Thorman, Joel. "Tiquan Underwood Headed Back To Patriots After Super Bowl Eve Release". SBNation.com. https://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2012/2/7/2783012/tiquan-underwood-new-england-patriots-super-bowl. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- "Underwood thrilled to receive ring". espn.go.com. http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4727775/underwood-thrilled-to-receive-ring. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120904000407/http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/content/receiver-tiquan-underwood-be-released-bucs-other-wrs-might-be-spared. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
- "Panthers sign CB Cason, WR Underwood, QB Webb". http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-sign-CB-Cason-WR-Underwood-QB-Webb/efc69fab-4610-48f7-8990-cbe9b6afd9e8#.
- Gantt, Darin. "Panthers get down to 79 with 10 moves Sunday". Pro Football Talk. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/24/panthers-get-down-to-79-with-10-moves-sunday/. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
- Srinivasan, Arun. "Report: Tiquan Underwood signs with CFL's Tiger-Cats". https://www.thescore.com/nfl/news/736657.
- "Tiger-Cats release WR Tiquan Underwood". August 26, 2016. https://www.cfl.ca/2016/08/26/tiger-cats-release-wr-tiquan-underwood/.
- "Alouettes add four to the practice roster". September 28, 2016. https://en.montrealalouettes.com/2016/09/28/alouettes-add-four-to-the-practice-roster/.
- "TRANSACTIONS". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on October 27, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20171027183349/https://www.cfl.ca/transactions/. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
- Nogle, Kevin (February 6, 2019). "Dolphins add Chad O’Shea as offensive coordinator; Tiquan Underwood offensive quality control". The Phinsider. https://www.thephinsider.com/2019/2/6/18213859/dolphins-add-chad-oshea-as-offensive-coordinator-tiquan-underwood-offensive-quality-control. Retrieved February 6, 2019.