|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||243 lb (110 kg)|
July 15, 1979 |
Oak Brook, Illinois
|High school||York Community High School|
|John Mackey Award winner (2000)|
|1998 Alamo Bowl, 1999 Outback Bowl, 2000 Rose Bowl|
Playing for the Purdue Boilermakers from 1998-2001, Stratton was the favorite target of quarterback Drew Brees. He compiled 38 catches for 380 yards (10.0 avg) and 7 touchdowns his freshman year while finishing second nationally among tight ends in all three categories. He was given Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and he was subsequently named to the Sporting News freshman All-American team. He followed up with 49 catches for 593 yards (12.1 avg) and four touchdowns in his sophomore year. While being named First Team All-Big Ten.
His junior year was followed by 56 receptions for 579 yards (10.3 avg) and two touchdowns, being named First Team All-Big Ten, named to the BCS All America Team and winning the inaugural John Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end. In his senior year, Stratton caught 47 passes for 423 yards (9.0 avg) and two touchdowns from Kyle Orton, Brees' successor as Boilermaker quarterback. He was named First Team All-Big Ten and becoming just the fourth player in school history to be named First Team All-Big Ten three years in a career. He also finished as a semi-finalist for the John Mackey Award.
By the time Stratton finished his career at Purdue, he was school's all time leader in receptions at 204. He finished 14th on the school's list for touchdowns (15) and finished 20th in yards. His career average of yards per catch was 10.4 yards.
Remembered at Purdue for his "childish energy and immaturity", Stratton nearly got suspended when a fellow student fleeced his helmet while Stratton climbed up the goal post after a come-from-behind win over Michigan.
Prior to college, Stratton played at York Community High School in Elmhurst, IL while a resident of Oak Brook, IL. Stratton was part of coach Joe Tiller's first recruiting class at Purdue. He resides with his wife and children in Chicago.
- Simon, Justin (December 30, 2000), "Loose end: Purdue's Stratton is solid on field, crazy off", FOXSports.com
- Withers, Bud (December 21, 2000), "Purdue's tight end lets loose", Seattle Times