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 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.
  • He set Purdue records for season field goals (22 in 2001 - since broken), season field goal percentage (.815 in 2001 - since broken), season punting average (48.1 in 2001), career field goal percentage (.701) 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.

A fourth-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2002, Dorsch subsequently played for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe in 2005 and 2006. A native of Bozeman, Mont., he continues to make West Lafayette his home, and serves as executive director of the annual Jay Cooperider Memorial 5K to promote and support mental health awareness in Tippecanoe County.

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