Brandon Kirsch

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Brandon Kirsch
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-10-13) October 13, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth: Lebanon, PA
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Lebanon (PA) Cedar Crest
College: Purdue
Undrafted in 2006
Debuted in 2007 for the Colorado Crush
Last played in 2011 for the Philadelphia Soul
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career Arena football statistics as of 2011
Comp. / Att. 26 / 46
Passing yards 359
TD-INT 7-5
QB Rating 80.16
Rushing TD 2

Brandon Michael Kirsch (born October 13, 1983) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at Purdue University, where he would forgo his senior season to enter the 2006 NFL Draft. He signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2006, but was released and spent the rest of the year on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad. Kirsh then played for the Colorado Crush and Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League (AFL).

Early life[edit]

Kirsch, attended Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, where he was first team all-state, first team all-county and league Most Valuable Player as senior after completing 115 of 198 passes (58.0 percent) for 1,950 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also rushed for 515 yards on 88 carries (5.9 average) and two touchdowns. Brandon was named second team all-county both his sophomore and junior seasons and was honorable mention all-state as junior. He completed 104 of 186 passes (55.9 percent) for 1,595 yards and 20 touchdowns as junior and 78 of 162 passes (48.1 percent) for 1,178 yards and 14 touchdowns as sophomore. Career totals were 300 of 552 passing (54.3 percent) for 4,808 yards and 61 touchdowns with 241 rushes for 1,142 yards (4.7 average) and 10 touchdowns. His high school football coach was Gene Fuhrman. He also played baseball and basketball. On September 24, 2001 he signed a letter of intent to play quarterback at Purdue University. He was ranked a 4-star prospect according to Rivals.com.[1]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Brandon Kirsch
QB
Lebanon, Pennsylvania Cedar Crest High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 4.65 Jul 8, 2003 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 21 (QB)   Rivals: 12 (QB), -- (PA)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College career[edit]

Kirsch started four games in 2002 as a true freshman, completing 59.0 percent of his passes for 1,067 yards with 8 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He was also third on the team in rushing with 423 yards. Kirsch appeared in only three games his sophomore season (all as a reserve) before injuring his throwing shoulder.[2] He returned in 2004 and started six games, throwing for 1625 yards with 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in those games, before being benched in favor of freshman Curtis Painter. Following the benching, Kirsch caused a controversy on the team and lost popularity among fans and teammates. Kirsch chose to not return to school for his senior season, declaring himself for the 2005 NFL Draft.[3]

Statistics[edit]

Kirsch's career stats are as follows:[4]

NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Purdue Boilermakers
Season Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int QB Rating Att Yards Avg TD
2002 79 134 1,067 59.0 8 5 138.1 72 423 5.9 3
2003 3 4 27 75.0 1 0 214.2 10 48 4.8 0
2004 58 94 711 61.7 7 3 143.4 35 88 2.5 1
2005 152 257 1,727 59.1 7 8 118.4 48 198 4.1 1
NCAA Career Totals 292 489 3,532 59.7 23 16 129.4 165 757 4.6 5

Professional career[edit]

Colorado Crush[edit]

He was not drafted by the NFL and signed with the Arena Football League's Colorado Crush. Spent two seasons with the Crush, (2007–08) where he played four total games, completing 12-of-21 passes for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns.[5]

Philadelphia Soul[edit]

On May 20, 2011, the Philadelphia Soul signed Kirsch to fill in for Justin Allgood, who was traded to the Tulsa Talons.[6] On June 19, 2011, it was announced that he would start in place of the struggling Ryan Vena.[7]

Reading Express[edit]

Kirsch signed with the Reading Express of the Indoor Football League (IFL) for the 2012 season, but never played for the Express.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brandon Kirsch". www.rivals.com. Yahoo!. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "11 Brandon Kirsch". www.purduesports.com. Purdue University. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Purdue quarterback Kirsch declares for NFL draft". www.espn.go.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. January 13, 2006. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Brandon Kirsch". www.sports-reference.com. USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ Irv Moss (February 27, 2007). "Three receivers among latest cuts". www.denverpost.com. The Denver Post. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ Philadelphia Sould sign Quarterback Brandon Kirsch
  7. ^ Matt Leon (June 17, 2011). "Philadelphia Soul start new QB, Face Tulsa". www.philadelphia.cbslocal.com. CBS Local Media. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ Brian Rippey (February 11, 2012). "Express adds Division I players". www.readingeagle.com. Reading Eagle. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Kyle Orton
Purdue Boilermakers Starting Quarterbacks
2005
Succeeded by
Curtis Painter