In the 100-plus-year history of college football, nobody has caught more passes than Purdue's Taylor Stubblefield.
From 2001 to 2004, Stubblefield amassed 325 receptions. Because the NCAA did not include bowl games in its statistics until 2002, Stubblefield's national-record total stands at 316. Only two other players had as many as 300 lifetime catches entering the 2005 season.
Stubblefield broke the record on a 7-yard pass from Kyle Orton late in the first quarter against Indiana on Nov. 20, 2004, in Ross-Ade Stadium. The previous mark was held by Arnold Jackson of Louisville.
Consistency was Stubblefield's trademark. He caught 89 passes as a senior - the third-most in school history - after having 86 as a junior, 77 as a sophomore (when he missed three games with an injury) and 73 as a freshman. He caught at least one pass in all 47 games he played at Purdue.
Stubblefield's 3,629 career receiving yards rank second on both the Purdue and Big Ten lists - to teammate John Standeford's 3,788 yards from 2000 to 2003. Stubblefield had 11 100-yard receiving games, the third-most in school annals, and 21 receiving touchdowns to rank fifth.
Stubblefield set a school record with 16 receiving touchdowns his senior season, the second-most in the nation that year and the third-most ever in the Big Ten. His 1,095 receiving yards rank sixth on the Purdue season list. Stubblefield was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation's outstanding receiver, and a consensus All-American. He became the first Purdue receiver to be recognized as a consensus All-American since Bernie Flowers in 1952.
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