Painter has had 6 seasons as a starter in Purdue’s last 6 seasons, which is pretty good for a quarterback who is only 24 years old.
Painter is a 6-year starter who has been used in every game for Purdue since his freshman season, including in games in the season ending bowl game against Iowa State.
He was a part of a top-10 ranking in the Big Ten standings for each of his first 4 seasons, leading the Boilermakers to the conference title game and the Big Dance Tournament championship game, before going on to lead the program to its only winning season.
His only losing season came in his final season, when the Boilers were ranked as low as #18 in the AP poll and had to travel to South Bend for the Final Four to avoid a loss to the eventual national champion Michigan Wolverines.
The most exciting part about Painter’s resume is that he’s had 6 different starting quarterbacks in 6 different seasons.
He is also the only Purdue QB to start more than 6 games in a season since former Purdue QB John Thompson started for the entire 2015 season, with the rest of the quarterbacks being part of the 2014 recruiting class.
His career record is 6-4, with a .719 career completion percentage and a 1,542 passing yards per game average.
Painter has won at least 10 games in each of the last 4 seasons.
The 5 best things about Matt Painter?
He has 6 years of experience, he’s not a junior, and he has a starting job in 2020.
Painter isn’t the only player on Purdue’s roster to have played in more than one game in each season, as former QB Jake Rudock has also started at least 3 games in all 4 seasons he’s been a member of the program.
Painter’s career record of 8-9 is also good for the 6th-best record in the nation for all active Purdue QBs, behind only Michigan State’s Aaron Murray and Ohio State’s Braxton Miller.
Painter will turn 24 on January 20, 2020, making him the oldest Purdue QB, behind the aforementioned Thompson, Michigan State quarterback Braxton Moore, Wisconsin quarterback Brad Childress, Michigan’s Connor Cook, Ohio State QB Trace McSorley, and Oklahoma State’s Trevor Knight.