Austin Appleby
Free agent
Personal information
Born: (1993-06-04) June 4, 1993 (age 26)
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:239 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school:North Canton (OH) Hoover
Career history
*Dallas Cowboys ( 2017)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Austin Michael Appleby (born June 4, 1993) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at the University of Florida after spending 4 seasons as a member of the Purdue Boilermakers. He was a consensus 3-star high school prospect as a senior. He served the first 17 games of his career as the backup quarterback for Purdue. He was named Purdue's starting quarterback during their 6th game of the 2014 season before being replaced by David Blough. After his graduation in 2015, Appleby transferred to the University of Florida.

Early yearsEdit

Appleby, who quarterbacked at Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio. While at Hoover, Appleby played 3 sports (baseball, basketball, and football) during his freshman and sophomore years. As a member of the varsity football team in 2009, Appleby served as a backup quarterback for the Vikings, who would go on to lose in the State Semi-Final game.

As a junior in 2010, Appleby was named the starting quarterback but eight weeks into the season, he suffered a torn ACL, ending his season.[1] Despite his injury, Appleby was invited to the ESPN RISE Elite 11 Camp in 2011, after qualifying at a regional camp at Ohio State University.[2]

Appleby was named the best in chalk talk during the camp.[3] Following his Elite 11 proformance, Appleby's recruiting picked up momentum, landing his first power conference scholarship offer from Louisville.[4] Just a few days following the Louisville offer, Appleby was offered by Purdue, and Appleby made his commitment to the Boilermakers on June 29, 2011.[5]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Austin Appleby
North Canton, Ohio Hoover High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 4.9 Jun 29, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 75
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 62 (QB)   Rivals: – (QB), – (OH), – (National)  ESPN: 88 (QB), 76 (OH), 171 (Midwest)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College careerEdit


Appleby was redshirted as a true freshman in 2012. In 2013, he appeared in one game as a reserve. In 2014, Purdue had a quarterback position battle in fall practice, this time between Appleby, Danny Etling, and true freshman David Blough. With Appleby pushing hard for the starting spot over the entrenched Etling, he would fall just short, being named the backup on August 18.[6] Etling would lead Purdue to a 2–3 record of the first five games of the season, before Darrell Hazell turned to Appleby to start Purdue's 6th game against Illinois.[7] Appleby led Purdue to a 38–27 victory, Hazell's first Big Ten Conference victory.[8]

On August 25, 2015, head coach Darrell Hazell named Appleby the starting quarterback for the opening game of the 2015 season.[9] On September 22, 2015, it was announced that Appleby will be replaced as the starting quarterback in favor of redshirt freshman, David Blough.[10] Appleby returned to his starting role when Blough was injured during the November 21, game at Iowa. Following the conclusion of the season, Appleby was given his release to explore transfer options as a graduate student.[11]


On January 4, 2016, Appleby announced his decision to play his final year of college football at the University of Florida as a graduate transfer.[12] Under head coach Jim McElwain, Appleby competed with Luke Del Rio for the starting quarterback position, and lost out to Del Rio. After an injury early in the season to Del Rio, Appleby started seven games for the Gators in the 2016 season.


Appleby's college statistics are as follows:[13]

NCAA collegiate career statistics
Purdue Boilermakers
Season Games Games
Record Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int QB Rating Att Yards Avg TD
2013 1 0 0–0 5 6 68 83.3 1 0 233.5 0 0 0
2014 10 7 1–6 144 272 1,449 52.9 10 11 101.7 61 198 3.2 5
2015 5 4 1–3 119 207 1,260 57.5 8 8 113.6 56 92 1.6 4
Florida Gators
2016 9 7 4–3 127 209 1,447 60.8 10 7 128.0 41 -45 -1.1 0
NCAA career totals 25 18 6–12 395 694 4,224 56.9 29 26 114.3 158 245 1.6 9

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

Appleby was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2017 NFL Draft on May 12.[14] On June 5, he was waived and was replaced with quarterback Zac Dysert.[15][16]

Orlando Apollos (AAF)Edit

In 2018, he signed with the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football.[17] On November 27, Appleby was selected by the Orlando Apollos in the third round of the AAF QB Draft.[18] He was a backup behind Garrett Gilbert until the league folded in April 2019.


  1. Bill Gould (August 7, 2011). "Hard work pays off for North Canton's Austin Appleby". Scripps TV Station Group. Archived from the original on November 24, 2015. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  2. Todd Porter (May 31, 2011). "Hoover's Appleby is invited to elite QB camp". GateHouse Ohio. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  3. Mitch Sherman (July 23, 2011). "Trio share MVP honors at Elite 11". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  4. Todd Porter (June 9, 2011). "Hoover QB Austin Appleby drawing plenty of attention from college recruiters". GateHouse Ohio. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  5. M Dyer (June 30, 2011). "Hoover's Austin Appleby reportedly commits to Purdue". The Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  6. "Purdue picks Etling over Appleby as starting QB". USA Today. August 18, 2014. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  7. Todd Porter (October 10, 2014). "Former Hoover QB Appleby takes over at Purdue". Gatehouse Media, Inc.. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  8. Pete DiPrimio (October 4, 2014). "Appleby leads Purdue to first Big Ten win". News-Sentinel. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  9. Carmin, Mike (August 26, 2015). "Austin Appleby named Purdue's starting QB". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  10. Michael Osipoff (September 22, 2015). "David Blough takes over for Austin Appleby as Purdue's quarterback". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  11. Mike Carmin (December 11, 2015). "Purdue's Appleby exploring transfer options.". Lafayette Journal & Courier. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  12. "QB Austin Appleby transfers to Florida, eligible to play immediately". ESPN Internet Ventures. January 4, 2016. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  13. "Austin Appleby". USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  14. Phillips, Rob (May 21, 2017). "Cowboys Officially Sign 13 Rookie Free Agents Leading Into Rookie Minicamp".
  15. Phillips, Rob (June 5, 2017). "Cowboys Sign QB For Depth, Waive Undrafted Rookie Austin Appleby".
  16. Martin, Sean (June 6, 2017). "COWBOYS Cowboys Add Journeyman QB Zac Dysert, Waive Austin Appleby". Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  17. Inabinett, Mark (October 31, 2018). "Birmingham Iron holds No. 2 choice in AAF’s quarterback draft". The Birmingham News. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  18. Wilson, Ryan (November 27, 2018). "Alliance of American Football QB Draft: Aaron Murray, Christian Hackenberg highlight QBs taken". Retrieved November 27, 2018.

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