- Heisman Trophy Candidate
- Davey O'Brien Award Semifinalist
- Johnny Unitas Award Semifinalist
- Has registered 60 percent passing or better in 11 career games,
including six games over 70 percent
- Has thrown for over 250 yards in nine career games and over 300
yards in five contests
- Has 60 career touchdown passes, which is tops in
- Ranks third on the Illinois all-time passing list as well as
fhird in career pass completions, second in pass attempts and second
in career total offense
vs. Penn State, Nov. 10
Led Illinois to its third consecutive come-from-behind victory ... Aftera rough start, finished 13-18 for 161 yards and a TD ... His 17 yard scoring pass to Brian Hodges was the 60th of his career ... Has now beaten 10 of 11 Big Ten Schools (Michigan State) in his career.
vs. Purdue, Named the ESPN Player of the Game after leading Illinois back from a 13-0 deficit to a 38-13 win ... Led the Illini to 38 consecutive points ... Threw a pair of TDs to give him 59 in his career ... Narrowly missed out on his third 300-yard passing day of the season, finishing with 299 ... Completed three passes over 40 yards ... vs. Wisconsin, Named the Big Ten?s Offensive Player of the Week after a career performance against the Badgers ... Threw for a career-high 401 yards and becoming Illinois? all-time TD passing leader with 57 career touchdown passes ... Promptly led Illinois to a come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter ... Took Illinois to the endzone on two passes, a 36 yarder to Brandon Lloyd and a 14-yard TD strike to Brian Hodges to tie the game at 35 ... Led Illinois to the win on its next possession, running for nine yards on third and six and hitting three of his next four passes, including a 22-yard TD to Brandon Lloyd to give Illinois its 42-35 margin of victory ... Tied a career high with four TD passes ... Hit eight different receivers and the day, four of which caught touchdowns.
vs. Indiana, Kittner threw a pair of scoring strikes for the fifth time this season ... vs. Minnesota, threw two TD?s to Brandon Lloyd, including a 59 yarder in the third quarter ... Opened the game with one of the most efficient quarters of his career, completing 6-of-7 seven passes for 90 yards and a TD ... Moved past the 50-career TD passing mark ... vs. Michigan, Kittner completed 20 of 39 passes for 244 yards ... Topped 1,000 yards passing for the season ... Picked up the first rushing touchdown of the season ... vs. Louisville, Kittner proved he was a big-game performer finishing with the third 300 + yards passing game of his career against a top-25 opponent ... Added two touchdown passes ... Hooked up with Dwayne Smith for a 67-yard scoring strike, which was his longest pass of the season and ties for the longest pass in his career. vs. Northern Illinois, Kittner threw a pair of scoring strikes in the fourth quarter to lead Illinois to victory ... Threw two touchdowns and no interceptions ... vs. California, Kittner opened the season by generating over 300 yards of offense, 297 of which came through the air, in Illinois? 44-17 win ... Threw two touchdown passes in the win.
Football News honorable mention All-American ?Ranked fourth in the Big Ten in passing and sixth in pass efficiency ?Named the team? MVP and offensive player of the year ?Played in 10 games, missing the season finale with a concussion which he suffered against Ohio State ?Ranked 27th in the nation in passing, 30th in passing effieciency and 48th in total offense ?Threw for a career-high 352 yards against 10th-ranked Michigan and passed for 71 percent and two touchdowns in the game ?Named the ESPN Player of the Game for his performance against the Wolverines ?Completed a career-high 72 percent of his passes in win over Indiana and threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns ?Threw 13 passes over 30 yards during the season ?Earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in win over Indiana ?Ranked third in the Big Ten in touchdown passes thrown and recorded third-best passing percentage ?Threw for 326 yards on 29-of-49 passing and three touchdowns at Penn State ?Had five games with three touchdown passes thrown, including wins against Middle Tennessee, San Diego State, Indiana and Iowa.
Earned Most Valuable Player honors for his performance at the Micronpc.com Bowl ?Threw two touchdown passes against Virginia to break a 10-year old UI record for most TD passes in a single-season with 24 ?Also rushed for a TD and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Lloyd while passing for 254 yards in win over UVa ?Tied an Illinois and Micronpc.com Bowl record for most points scored in a game with 12 ?Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection ?Named the team? Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year ?Earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors twice ?Started all 12 games for the Illini ?Racked up impressive numbers in leading Illinois to highest scoring offense in school history ?Threw only five interceptions in 396 attempts, among the fewest in the nation ?Rated 47th in the nation in passing efficiency and 31st in total offense ?Ranked second in the Big Ten in TD passes with 24 ?Ranked second in the Big Ten in passing yardage per game (225.2) ?Led Illini to a comeback victory over then-No. 9 Michigan with a four-touchdown, 280-yard, 73 percent completion performance ?Threw for 323 yards against then-No. 19 Michigan State, the first 300+ yard game for an Illini QB since 1991 ?Connected with 12 different receivers for 24 touchdowns...Led Illini to a 46-20 win at No. 25 Ohio State, the worst home loss for the Buckeyes since 1946 ?Registered seven multiple touchdown passing games, including three games with four TD passes.
Became first true-freshman to start at quarterback since Bernie Krueger in 1946 when he opened the game at Iowa ?Earned first varsity letter, hitting 72 of 162 passes (44.4%) for 782 yards with one touchdown and seven interceptions ?Played in nine games, making five consecutive starts at quarterback . . . Made debut with kneeldown vs. Middle Tennessee, entering Louisville game in relief to hit 9-27 passes for 74 yards and scoring first TD on a 61-yard scramble . . . Hit 8-16 passes for 216 yards with 50- and 40-yard completions in fourth quarter vs. Hawkeyes ?Engineered victory at Northwestern with 13-20 performance for 124 yards and one TD . . . Hit 19 of 43 passes for 156 yards vs. Ohio State and was 9-17 for 86 yards vs. Wisconsin . . . Made fifth consecutive start at Purdue, going 5-11 for 31 yards . . . Hit 3-10 for 52 yards at Michigan State.
High School Highlights
Played quarterback and linebacker at Schaumburg . . . One of the state? most sought-after recruits, Kittner threw for 449 yards in a game early in 1997 season and had amassed nearly 1,200 passing yards when broken thumb sidelined him for the season after four games . . . Returned with a cast on his hand to play linebacker during the second half of the season ?In 1996, Kittner threw for 1,891 yards and 20 touchdowns in leading Schaumburg to second consecutive state playoff appearance ?Racked up 356 yards passing and five touchdowns in 1996 game ?A two-time all-area and all-Mid Suburban League pick ?A Super Prep all-regional selection ?Selected to play in 1998 Suburban All-Star Game?Led Schaumburg to 8-1 mark, Mid-Suburban League title and IHSA Class 6A Elite Eight berth in 1995 and 6-4 mark in 1996 ?High school coach was Tom Cerasini, who has sent six quarterbacks to Division I-A football, including eventual NFL player Paul Justin ?High school offensive coordinator was Mark Steger, brother of former UI quarterback Kurt Steger.
Full given name is Kurt Kittner ?Born on Jan. 23, 1980 in Schaumburg, Ill. ?Mother is Lee Trantin ?Majoring in finance ?Admires former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway ?Past summer jobs include working for a professional cleaning company.
"Kurt is a sensational offensive player. He holds the single-season
record at Illinois for touchdown passes - 24. He is an excellent pro
prospect coached by a former NFL guy in Ron Turner."
-Lee Corso, ESPN Gameday
Yards: 352 vs. Michigan, 9/23/00
Completions: 30 vs. MSU, 9/25/99
Attempts: 54 vs. MSU, 9/25/99
Completion percentage:72.4 vs. Indiana, 11/4/00
Long pass: 67 at Louisville, 9/18/99
TD passes: 4, three times (last at OSU, 11/13/99)