Purdue quarterback Kirsch declares for NFL draft

Updated: January 13, 2006, 12:35 PM ET
Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue quarterback Brandon Kirsch will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

"I had a good time at Purdue, but I feel that it's time for me to move on," Kirsch said Friday in a news release issued by the school. "I went through the evaluation process, talked to a lot of people and got some good reviews. That made the decision a little easier."

Last season, Kirsch started six times and played in eight games, completing 59.1 percent of his passes for 1,727 yards with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.

In 25 career games, including 12 starts, Kirsch completed 59.7 percent of his passes for 3,532 yards with 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He rushed for 757 yards on 165 carries and five touchdowns.

"I think the NFL is in Brandon's heart, and he should follow his heart," Purdue coach Joe Tiller said.

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