UNLV: An athletic quarterback who is also a threat as a runner ... Pushed into extensive duty because of injuries as a sophomore last fall ... Will compete with newcomer Johnny Stanton for the starting job during fall camp ... Last name is pronounced "PAL-in-deck" ... Already a three-time member of the UNLV Dean's Honor List ... One of nine Rebels who were members of the 2015 Academic All-MW Team.
2015: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in 11 games, including three starts ... Completed 75 of 152 pass attempts for 794 yards with nine touchdowns and five interceptions ... Was a weapon with his legs, rushing for a net of 293 yards and four touchdowns with a long of 39 ... Came off the bench after Blake Decker was injured on multiple occasions ... Ran five times for 42 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown in the season opener at NIU ... Entered the game and immediately engineered a TD drive capped by his own 12-yard scamper into the end zone to help build UNLV's lead to 13-0 at halftime at Nevada, Reno in Game Five ... Also scored from 14 yards out vs. CSU in Game 10 and on a 12-yard jaunt in Game 10 at Wyoming ... Made his first start vs. San Jose State and completed half of his 30 attempts for a season-high 217 yards and two TDs ... Also started the following week at Fresno State in Game Seven and again vs. SDSU in Game 11 ... Threw two touchdown passes four different times during the fall ... One of three midyear signees who enrolled in January and took part in spring practice with the Rebels.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played one season at Laney College in Oakland, CA, which is also the alma mater of UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez and former UNLV star RB Frank "The Tank" Summers ... Led the Eagles to a 6-5 record and an appearance in the Bulldog Bowl in 2014 ... Finished with 1,634 passing yards and 17 touchdowns ... Also rushed for 390 yards and five scores.
NORTH DAKOTA: Redshirted his freshman season at the FCS school located in Grand Forks.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2013 graduate of Plainfield North HS in Plainfield, IL ... A two-year letterwinner under coach Tim Kane ... Earned All-Southwest Prairie All-Conference honors as a junior and senior ... Also named all-area as a junior and senior ... Threw for 981 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 684 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior ... Made 17 tackles and had three interceptions as a defensive back ... As a junior, threw for a school-record 1,337 yards and seven touchdowns ... Also was a three-year starter on the basketball team and two-year starter in baseball during his prep career.
PERSONAL: Kurtis Palandech was born Nov. 11, 1994, in Plainfield, IL ... The son of Paul and Julie Palendech ... Has one older brother, Kyle ... Majoring in management.