Senior Anthony Kropp tied a NAIA record with 55 passing TDs this season
Senior Anthony Kropp tied a NAIA record with 55 passing TDs this season
Football - Wed, Dec. 15, 2010

CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University senior Anthony Kropp (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) accomplished something special during the 2010 season that only a handful of college quarterbacks can brag about. Kropp threw 55 touchdown passes over 14 games this fall and tied a NAIA single-season record that dates back to 1996. In addition, he becomes just the sixth player in the history of both NCAA and NAIA football to throw for at least 55 touchdowns in a season with Brett Elliott from Linfield College, a NCAA Division III institution in Oregon, owning the all-time mark with 61 touchdown passes in 2004. Until this year, the NAIA record of 55 was held solely by Kurtiss Riggs of University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) in 1996.

"What Anthony was able to do on the football field the past two seasons was nothing short of phenomenal," said SXU football coach Mike Feminis. "However, his numbers this year were mind-boggling. To accomplish a feat that only five other players in the history of college football have ever achieved is truly special, but I think the most important stat of his career was his win total. In two years as our starting quarterback, Anthony led our team to 26 wins over 28 games."

Kropp had a senior season to remember completing 325 of his 509 pass attempts (64 percent) for 4,506 yards and 55 touchdowns. He led the NAIA in total offense yardage (4,542) and total passing yardage (4,506). Over his career (2006-10), Kropp became SXU's all-time leader for completions (689), attempts (1,102), passing yardage (9,307), passing touchdowns (99), total offense (9,479) and efficiency rating (158.21). In the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA), his career totals put him at No. 3 all-time in both passing yardage (9.307) and total offense (9,479).

Saint Xavier finished 13-1 overall and qualified for the semifinals of the NAIA Championship Series for the second straight season. The Cougars were also ranked No. 3 in the NAIA for most of the 2010 season and led the NAIA in a number of statistical categories, including total scoring offense (668) and total pass offense (4,906).