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Kyle Orton, QB, Purdue
Height: 6:03.6 Weight: 226
Overview: Kyle was a relative unknown prepster, but saw the college recruits clamor for his attention after he starred at the Nike Camp (Champaign, Ill.) and Elite 11 Quarterback Camp (Cal.)... He was rated the second-best quarterback in the nation coming out of Southeast Polk (Altoona, Ia.) High School by Super Prep, where he also lettered in basketball, track and tennis. Orton threw for 1,366 yards with twelve touchdowns and five interceptions on 95 of 192 passes (49.5%) as a senior and hit on 208 of 450 attempts (46.2%) for 3,176 yards, 24 touchdowns and 18 interceptions during his three-year career...Lettered as a true freshman at Purdue, starting three of the seven games he appeared in. Kyle completed 107 of 216 passes (49.5%) for 1,105 yards with four touchdowns and seven interceptions. He gained national attention that year when he connected on 38 of 74 passes for 419 yards with two touchdowns vs. Washington State in Sun Bowl. The 74 attempts are the second-most in school history (Drew Brees had 83 at Wisconsin in 1998) and the most in NCAA bowl game history. He also set a bowl record with 83 offensive plays (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 vs. Fresno State in the 1988 California Bowl)...Started nine games for the Boilermakers in 2002, connecting on 192 of 317 passes (60.6%) for 2,257 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions...In 2003, Orton was named the "Most Fearless Quarterback in the Big Ten Conference" by The Sporting News and was tabbed the "Most Accurate Passer, Strongest Arm and Coolest in the Clutch" in the Big Ten by Lindy's magazine. Kyle was named to the Davey O'Brien Award watch list (nation's outstanding quarterback) as he completed 251 of 414 passes (60.6%) for 2,885 yards with 15 touchdowns and just seven interceptions (interception percentage of 1.69 set a school record). He tied a school bowl record with two rushing touchdowns vs. Georgia in the Capital One Bowl, despite suffering a 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." ...The 2004 season began with Orton being the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. He threw for 1,367 yards, 17 touchdowns and no interceptions through the team's first four games before turnovers and injuries would see his senior campaign experience a big ro . A hip injury saw Kyle get benched vs. Northwestern and then sit out the next contest vs. Iowa. He returned in the fourth quarter of the Ohio State game, then set a school record the following week when he totaled 503 yards in the Indiana contest. Orton finished the year completing 236 of 389 passes (60.7%) for 3,090 yards, 31 touchdowns and only five interceptions...Closed out his career third on the school's all-time record lists with 786 completions in 1,336 pass attempts (58.8%) for 9,337 yards and 63 touchdowns, topped only by Drew Brees (1,026 of 1,678 passing for 11,792 yards and 90 touchdowns, 1997-2000) and Mark Herrmann (772 of 1,309 passing for 9,946 yards and 71 touchdowns, 1977-80)...Only Brees (12,692) gained more yards in total offense that Kyle's 9,653 in Purdue annals...His 9,337 passing yards rank fourth in Big Ten Conference history (behind Brees, Herrmann and Iowa's Chuck Long -- 10,461 yards, 1981-85)...Only 2.01% of his passes (28) were intercepted during his time at Purdue...He has seven 300-yard passing games (including one 500-yard game and two 400-yard games) to rank fourth in school history.
Analysis: Positives...He is a quiet, respected leader, but might need to get more vocal in order to command presence in the huddle at the next level...Has decent upper body strength, but despite adding ten pounds to his frame prior to 2004, he still lacks thickness and muscle definition in his lower body frame...Good athlete with a medium to long stride and adequate foot speed...Operates mostly out of the shotgun and while he shows a smooth, long release, he lacks quickness when dropping back from center in a conventional offense...Shows very good accuracy in the short to intermediate passing game, but he has a bit of a long windup and the ball fails to come off his hands quickly when having to throw long...Better throwing from the pocket, as his passes seem to lack velocity and accuracy when he is forced to throw on the move...Has no trouble reading defenses, but will tend to force the ball into coverage instead of taking what's there...Stays on his primary receiver too long...Has displayed the arm strength to fire tight spirals in the intermediate area...If anyone ever questions his toughness, they only have to go back and watch the 2003 Capitol One Bowl contest vs. Georgia, where he completed 20 of 34 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown while tying a school bowl record with two rushing touchdowns despite suffering a dislocated left thumb, sprained toe and cracked rib in that game. That prompted head coach Joe Tiller to say it was "one of the two truly courageous performances I've seen in all my years of coaching."...Has a snappy three-quarter-arm delivery and can pass with good velocity when not forced to throw off-balance...Tries to use his arm strength to get out of trouble, but fails to compensate for his feet not being set to throw...Has a very good understanding of the game, competes with tremendous effort and never complains...Effective on timing routes and crossing patterns, putting enough zip on the ball to allow the receivers to catch the pigskin in stride...Does a good job of picking up the blitz, but it may be too good, as he will get impatient waiting for his targets to get open and will run at the first sign of pressure...When he fails to get off his first read quickly, he will make poor decisions and force the ball into traffic...Not a threat to run and does not need to be accounted for in this area....Struggles getting back from center to his set point was evident during practices at the 2005 East-West Game, where he had a series of fumbles and poor center exchanges throughout the scrimmages...His hip injury stalled what was first thought to be a Heisman Trophy season during the first half of the 2004 season and further medical evaluation of that injury might be needed...Not a blue chip prospect, but gets the most out of his blue collar ability to provide good depth on a pro roster.
Agility tests: 5.03 in the 40-yard dash...275-pound bench press...445-pound squat...291-pound power clean...29-inch vertical jump...30 -inch arm length...9 -inch hands...Right-handed... 25/36 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Southeast Polk (Runners, La.) High School, playing football for coach Kent Hortsmann...Ranked as the second-best quarterback in the nation by Super Prep and listed among USA Today's Super 25 prospects...Completed 208 of 450 passes (46.2%) for 3,176 yards with 24 touchdowns and 18 interceptions during his career...Honorable mention All-State and first-team All-Conference choice as a senior after completing 95 of 192 attempts (49.5%) for 1,366 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions...Received the team's Coaches Award (leadership on and off the field) and Fit-to-Hit Award (player who conditioned himself the hardest...Hit on 70 of 113 passes (61.9%) for 1,150 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions in his junior season...His stock soared after great showings at the Nike Camp (Champaign, Ill.) and Elite 11 Quarterback Camp...Also lettered in basketball, tennis and track...Named a Student-Sports All-American.
Personal: History major...Out-threw NFL quarterback Jon Kitna at Purdue's Elite Quarterback Camp during summer of 2000...An avid Nebraska Cornhuskers fan growing up, Kyle 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...Born Kyle Raymond Orton on 11/14/82...Resides in Altoona, Iowa.
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