12 - Kurt Hess
2010 (R-Freshman): Selected as the Missouri Valley Football Conference's Freshman of the Year...named to the All-Newcomer squad...selected as the team's Newcomer of the Year...completed 179-of-304 passes for 2,117 yards and 12 touchdowns…became the first quarterback in YSU history to throw for 200 yards in five straight games...is first freshman in school history to pass for more than 2,000 in a season…also set freshman marks for attempts and completions…had five multi-touchdown passing games…season high of 263 yards passing on 26-of-46 effort at South Dakota State to go along with two touchdowns…set a school record by attempting 46 passes without an interception...in collegiate debut at Penn State was 21-of-25 for 189 yards and two touchdowns...connected on a season-long 80-yard scoring toss to Dominique Barnes in the first quarter...was 22-of-31 for 252 yards and a touchdown against playoff-qualifier North Dakota State...threw for 250 yards on a 19-of-38 effort and had two touchdowns at Illinois State...had 218 yards on a 14-of-22 effort and had two touchdowns, including a 71-yard toss to Barnes vs. UNI...finished with 213 yards going 19-of-31 at Western Illinois...was 15-of-20 for 191 yards in win over Central Connecticut State...threw a season-best three touchdown passes (all the in second quarter) in win over nationally-ranked Southern Illinois...at one point during the year had thrown 125 straight passes without an interception...threw one INT in a span of 183 passes from the fourth quarter of the Missouri State game to the second quarter of Indiana State game...had 14 passes of 30 yards or more...had 141 yards rushing on 62 carries and scored three touchdowns…had a high of 11 attempts for 29 yards and a score versus NDSU...had a high of 38 yards on seven carries and scored a touchdown at Western Illinois...had a season-long run of 21 against the Leathernecks...finished with 28 yards on six carries against Indiana State...scored on a seven-yard touchdown run at Illinois State in the final minute...in MVFC play, completed 134-of-243 passes for 1,646 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for 107 yards on 49 carries and three scores...best overall passing down was second completing 59-of-88 passes (67 percent)...completed 53 passes on third down, 35 of which were for first downs...converted two fourth down rushing attempts...in the Red Zone, was 21-of-34 and had seven TD passes...had three rushing scores, two of which came on third down...played the final five games with a broken bone in his left wrist...earned his first letter.
2009 (Freshman): Redshirted...named Scout Offensive Player of the Week versus Western Illinois.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Greater Catholic League North Division selection…named most valuable offensive back…Honorable-Mention Division III Southwest All-District selection…as a senior, completed 149-of-269 passes for 1,824 yards and 12 touchdowns…had a 55.4 completion percentage…tossed five touchdown passes against Dayton Thurgood Marshall…team captain as a senior…second-team Greater Catholic League and honorable-mention all-district selection as a junior…completed 189-of-310 passes for 2,322 yards…threw 23 touchdown passes…had a 61.0 completion percentage…three-year starting quarterback and four-year letterwinner…threw for more than 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in career…set school mark for career passing yards...also played basketball…second-team All-GCL selection on the hardwood…named a scholar-athlete.
PERSONAL: Parents are Rita and Mark Hess...born Feb. 6, 1991...has two sisters (Alison and Heidi) and a brother (Nick)...major is early childhood education...volunteered at Holy Angels Catholic Church and Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Dayton...recipient of the 2011-12 Curbstone Coaches Scholarship and the Kosar Family Scholarship.