Listed at No. 1 at quarterback in preseason depth chart...Ranks fifth in UT history with 471 completions, seventh with 30 TD passes and eighth with 4,807 passing yards.
Threw for at least 200 yards five times...Completed career-best 33 passes in 50 attempts for 257 yards in 13-10 win over Michigan...Threw for 216 yards vs. CMU, which made him the 10th Rocket quarterback to throw for over 4,000 yards for a career...Threw for 265 yards and three TDs vs. Fresno State...Completed 21-of-31 passes for 170 yards and one TD vs. Arizona...Completed 8-of-18 passes with 3 TDs vs. EMU...All three TD passes vs. EMU came in the third quarter...Connected on 16-of-22 passes vs. NIU...Switched jersey number from 19 to 11 prior to the season...Team co-captain.
Threw for 1,756 yards and 12 TDs despite missing three full games and parts of two others...Did not play against Liberty (Oct. 6), Buffalo (Oct. 13) and Bowling Green (Nov. 23)...Came out of the Ball State game on Nov. 13 in the fourth quarter with an injury...Had streak of 118 straight passes without an interception snapped at BSU...Had a career day in a 70-21 win over NIU on Oct. 27, hitting 22-of-28 passes for a career-high 387 yards and career-best four TDs...The 387 yards is the fourth-highest total in school history...Also ran for a TD vs. the Huskies...Followed that up with 276 yards and two TDs on 17-of-29 vs. EMU on Nov. 3...Returned to action vs. Ohio on Oct. 20, completing 19-for-39 passes for 204 yards and 1 TD...Threw for 334 yards and 2 TDs at CMU on Sept. 8...Had another 74-yard TD strike called back for holding...Caught a 21-yard TD pass from WR Nick Moore vs. Kansas on Sept. 15...Third on team with 91 yards rushing.
Played in nine games as a true freshman, starting six...First true freshman to start at QB for the Rockets since A.J. Sager in 1983...52 pass attempts vs. CMU ranks tied for fourth for most attempts by a Rocket QB...31 completions vs. CMU ranks tied for fourth...Ran for 261 yards and four TDs on 80 carries, including career-high 76 yards vs. Bowling Green...Had a 46-yard run vs. the Falcons.
Northwest District Offensive Player of the Year...Made Division I first-team All-Ohio...Scout.com ranked him as the third-best quarterback in Ohio and the 14th-best in the Midwest...Threw for 2,148 yards and 16 TDs while rushing for 600 yards as a senior...Passed for 4,521 yards and threw 29 TDs in his career...Considered a top baseball prospect, hitting .411 and earning AP second-team All-Ohio honors as a junior.
Full name is Aaron Jeffrey Opelt...Birthdate: April 15, 1988...Parents are Jeff and Christine Opelt...Enjoys hunting...Organizational leadership and management major.
Career Game Highs
Attempts: 52 (Central Michigan, 10-7-06)
Completions: 33 (Michigan, 10-11-08)
Passing Yards: 387 (Northern Illinois, 10-27-07)
Touchdowns: 4 (Northern Illinois, 10-27-07)
Rushing Yards: 76 (Bowling Green, 11-21-06)