5 things to know about Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy

Ben Yoder
Des Moines Register

Iowa State fans are hoping that Brock Purdy bounces back from a disappointing game against Iowa.

The Cyclones' senior leader threw for 199 yards on 21 of 26 passing in Iowa State's season opener against Northern Iowa. He didn't throw any touchdowns, but he also didn't have any interceptions. And his 81% completion rate is much better than his 66% career rate.

He didn't fare so well against Iowa. Against the Hawkeyes, Purdy threw for 138 yards on 13 of 27 passing for a completion rate of 48.1%. He also threw three interceptions. Coach Matt Campbell benched him and had sophomore Hunter Dekkers finish up the game. 

Up next for the Cyclones is UNLV, which Iowa State hasn't faced since 2008. UNLV dropped its first two games of the season, 35-33 in overtime to Eastern Washington then 37-10 to No. 21 Arizona State.

Entering the season, Purdy sat atop the record books in 25 categories. Perhaps a trip out West will be exactly what Purdy needs to get back to that level. Here's what else you should know about the senior quarterback him:

How tall is Brock Purdy and how much does he weigh?

Brock Purdy is 6'1" tall. In his freshman season, Purdy weighed 202 pounds. He's added 18 pounds since then and now weighs 220 pounds. 

Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy (15) celebrates with  teammates after scoring a touchdown against Oklahoma State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Stillwater, Okla. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

Where is Brock Purdy from and how did he get to Iowa State?

Purdy is from Gilbert, Arizona. Purdy led Perry High School to the 2017 6A state title game during his senior season, but his team suffered a 49-42 loss. Still, he was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Arizona. Purdy completed 238 of 368 yards for 4,410 yards and 57 touchdowns in his senior season. He also ran for 1,016 yards and 10 scores.

Purdy was a highly coveted three-star recruit and had offers from Alabama and Texas A&M, among several others colleges. He announced that he picked Iowa State on a National Signing Day during a ceremony at his high school in February 2018. 

A closer look at Brock Purdy's Iowa State stats

The "Brock Purdy era" at Iowa State started with a bang. As a true freshman in 2018, he came off the bench to help lead Iowa State to a 48-42 road win over Oklahoma State. Purdy completed 18 of 23 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns. He also tossed an interception, but ran for 84 yards and a score. 

In 10 games during his freshman season, Purdy would end up throwing for 2,250 yards on 146 of 220 passing. He threw 16 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Purdy also rushed for 308 yards and five touchdowns on 100 attempts.

Statistically, his 2019 season was his best. Purdy threw for 3,982 yards and 27 touchdowns in his sophomore season. He completed 312 of 475 passes for a completion rate of 66%. He rushed for 249 years and eight touchdowns.

While Purdy's stats were down in his junior year, Iowa State had its best season ever. Purdy threw for 2,750 yards and 19 touchdowns on 243 of 365 passing in 2020. He had nine interceptions, the same as his sophomore season. In 2020, he also rushed 87 times for 382 yards and five touchdowns.

Will Purdy be selected in the NFL Draft?

Maybe, but that depends on his play this season. Before last season, Purdy was a possible first-round draft pick in some mock drafts. This past spring, 247Sports had ranked him as the fifth best quarterback in college football. The Sporting News had Purdy ranked No. 9 on its list of the Top 10 quarterbacks for the 2022 NFL draft. 

Entering the season, Purdy said he believed he is at the top of his game.

“This is the most confident and comfortable I’ve been in our offense every single play,” Purdy said. “What the defense is running, I see it better than I ever have.” 

Florida State Seminoles quarterback Chubba Purdy (12) warms up during college football practice at the University of North Florida on August 13, 2021. [Clayton Freeman/Florida Times-Union]

Purdy not the only athlete in his family

Purdy was born on Dec. Dec. 27, 1999, to Shawn and Carrie Purdy. His dad played baseball at Miami (Florida) and in the minor leagues from 1991 to 1998. His older sister Whittney plays softball at Southeastern University while his younger brother Chubba is a quarterback at Florida State.