Travis Dorsch


Travis Dorsch essentially had two careers at Purdue.

The Boilermakers' kicker from the day he arrived in West Lafayette, Ind., as a freshman in 1998, Dorsch ultimately became a standout punter, as well.

As a senior, Dorsch received the Ray Guy Award as the nation's outstanding punter, was a consensus All-America punter, earned All-America honors as a kicker and was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award as the nation's outstanding kicker and the Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Player of the Year Award. He was the first player in Big Ten Conference history to earn first team all-conference honors as both a punter and kicker.

Dorsch's numbers support his trophy collection.
* He led the nation with an average of 48.4 yards per punt during the 2001 regular season. It was tied for the fourth-highest average in NCAA history. He led the Big Ten and tied for third in the nation with an average of 1.82 field goals during the 2001 regular season.
* He finished his career as the Big Ten leader with 68 field goals and 355 points and ranked fifth with 151 PAT's. His 68 field goals ranked fifth in conference history through the 2013 season.
* He set Purdue records for season field goals (22 in 2001 - since broken by Ben Jones with 25 in 2003), season field goal percentage (.815 in 2001 - since broken by Jones at .833 in 2004 and Chris Summers at .818 in 2007), season punting average (48.1 in 2001), career field goal percentage (.701 - since broken by Carson Wiggs at .737 from 2008 to 2011) and career punting average (48.5).

Dorsch became the first Purdue consensus All-American since defensive back Rod Woodson in 1986.

Dorsch was a true student on and off the field. The psychology major was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, two-time academic all-district selection and second team Academic All-American as a senior. He also was a Phi Beta Kappa honoree.

Dorsch's Purdue Statistics

KickingGFGAFGLongPct.PATPoints
19981322164772.748-5096
19991231184758.138-3992
20001217124570.645-4781
20011227225181.520-2586
Totals4997685170.1151-161355
PuntingGNo.YardsLongAvg.
19981300--
19991200--
200012136526350.2
200112532,5477948.1
Totals49663,199 7948.5