News and notes on Purdue Athletics
News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Boilermakers have been part of 33 of 51 championship games
Redshirt sophomore quarterback compiled lofty numbers
Hall of Fame coach took three teams to El Paso
2004: Named 14th-best player in the nation (No. 2 in the Big Ten) by ESPN The Magazine ... preseason third team All-American and No. 3-ranked quarterback in the nation by Phil Steele's behind Matt Leinart (USC) and Jason White (Oklahoma) ... ranked No. 4 by The Sporting News and Street & Smith's ... preseason Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year by Lindy's and The Sporting News ... named Most Fearless Quarterback in Big Ten by The Sporting News ... tabbed Most Accurate Passer, Strongest Arm and Coolest in the Clutch in Big Ten by Lindy's ... selected Best Passing QB in Big Ten by Street & Smith's.
2003: Named to Davey O'Brien Award watch list (nation's outstanding quarterback) ... honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches and media ... started all 13 games ... completed 251 of 414 passes (60.6 percent) for 2,885 yards with 15 touchdowns and just seven interceptions ... interception percentage of 1.69 set school record ... completions rank fifth on school season list, completion percentage tied for fifth, attempts sixth and yards eighth ... ranked third in Big Ten with 221.9 passing yards per game and fifth with 127.7 passing efficiency ... rushed for 237 yards on 112 carries (including 33 sacks) and three touchdowns ... third in Big Ten and 36th nationally with average of 240.2 yards total offense per game ... seventh on school season list with 3,122 yards total offense ... equaled career high of three touchdown passes vs. Bowling Green on Sept. 6 ... completed 26 of 36 passes (72.2 percent) for 227 yards at Wake Forest on Sept. 13 ... threw three touchdown passes, including career-long 81-yarder to John Standeford, vs. Arizona on Sept. 20 ... completed 38 of 55 passes (69.1 percent) for season-high 411 yards and one touchdown at Wisconsin on Oct. 18 ... completed first 15 passes in that game ... named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his effort ... 38 completions equaled career high and rank tied for fifth on school game list ... came up with career-long 23-yard rush at Michigan on Oct. 25 ... scored first career rushing touchdown vs. Northwestern on Nov. 1 ... passed for 239 yards and rushed for career-high 53 yards at Ohio State on Nov. 15 ... completed 20 of 34 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown while tying school bowl record with two rushing touchdowns vs. Georgia in Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1 ... suffered dislocated left thumb, sprained toe and cracked rib in that game prompting head coach Joe Tiller to say it was "one of the two truly courageous performances I've seen in all my years of coaching."
2002: Appeared in all 13 games, including nine starts ... completed 192 of 317 passes (60.6 percent) for 2,257 yards with 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions ... completion percentage now ranks tied for fifth on school season list ... ranked sixth in Big Ten and 41st nationally with 128.2 passing efficiency ... eighth in conference in passing yards and with 2,304 yards total offense ... equaled career high of three touchdown passes vs. Illinois State on Aug. 31 ... had season highs of 24 completions and 43 attempts (55.8 percent) with career-high tying three touchdowns vs. Wake Forest on Sept. 21 ... threw season-long 74-yard touchdown pass to John Standeford in that game ... was 12 of 14 for 127 yards at Illinois on Oct. 12 ... completed 18 of 28 passes for 169 yards vs. Ohio State on Nov. 9 ... provided one of the most-memorable moments in Purdue history at Michigan State on Nov. 16 when he came into the game with 3:18 remaining (after standing on sideline for 3.5 hours with the temperature barely above 30 degrees) on fourth-and-8 from the Michigan State 40-yard line and threw a game-winning touchdown pass to John Standeford ... completed 22 of 28 passes (career-high 78.6 completion percentage) for 173 yards vs. Indiana on Nov. 23 ... named Sun Bowl Most Valuable Player after completing 25 of 37 passes (67.6 percent) for 283 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions vs. Washington on Dec. 31.
2001: Appeared in seven games, including three starts ... completed 107 of 216 passes (49.5 percent) for 1,105 yards with four touchdowns and seven interceptions ... made collegiate debut vs. Akron on Sept. 22 and completed 1 of 4 passes, a 40-yarder to Kevin Noel ... was 5 of 10 for 46 yards vs. Illinois on Nov. 3 ... was 2 of 5 for 18 yards at Ohio State on Nov. 10 ... saw first extensive playing time vs. Michigan State on Nov. 17 and completed 6 of 9 passes for 61 yards while leading Boilermakers to come-from-behind 24-14 victory ... earned first career start at Indiana on Nov. 24 and completed 31 of 62 passes for 263 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions ... the 62 attempts were then the fourth-most in school history ... the previous high for attempts by a quarterback in his first start was 54 by Scott Hoffman vs. Ohio State on Oct. 20, 1990 ... was 24 of 52 passing for 258 yards and a touchdown vs. Notre Dame on Dec. 1 ... completed 38 of 74 passes for 419 yards with two touchdowns vs. Washington State in Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 ... the 74 attempts are the second-most in school history (Drew Brees had 83 at Wisconsin on Oct. 10, 1998) and the most in NCAA bowl game history ... also set bowl record with 83 offensive plays ... the previous marks were 63 passing attempts by Trent Dilfer of Fresno State vs. Colorado in the 1993 Aloha Bowl and 74 total plays by Tony Kimbrough of Western Michigan against Fresno State in the 1988 California Bowl ... 38 completions are tied for the fifth-most in school history and tied for sixth on the NCAA bowl games list ... 419 yards are 10th in school history (most by a freshman) and 17th in NCAA bowl history.
High School: Ranked as No. 2 quarterback in nation by SuperPrep and No. 7 by Rivals.com ... ranked No. 2 overall by SuperPrep ... listed among USA Today's Super 25 prospects ... career passing statistics were 208 of 450 (46.2 percent) for 3,176 yards with 24 touchdowns and 18 interceptions ... honorable mention all-state and first team all-conference as senior after completing 95 of 192 attempts (49.5 percent) for 1,366 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions ... received team's Coaches Award (leadership on and off the field) and Fit-to-Hit Award (player who conditioned himself the hardest to prepare for upcoming season) ... was 70 of 113 (61.9 percent) for 1,150 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions his junior season ... stock soared after great showing at NIKE Camp in Champaign, Ill., and Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in California ... former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees was a counselor at the Elite 11 camp ... coach was Kent Horstmann ... also participated in basketball, tennis and track and field ... named Student-Sports All-American.
Personal: Given name is Kyle Raymond Orton ... born Nov. 14, 1982 ... history major ... can throw a football 73 or 74 yards "if I get into one" ... out-threw NFL quarterback Jon Kitna at Purdue's Elite Quarterback Camp during summer of 2000 ... interests include bowling (198 average), fishing and golfing ... an avid Nebraska Cornhuskers fan growing up ... wears uniform No. 18 in honor of quarterback Brook Berringer, who led the Cornhuskers to the 1994 national championship and subsequently was killed in a plane crash on April 18, 1996 ... father, Byron, played football at South Dakota ... has a dog, Elaine, named after the Seinfeld television show character played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.