35 - John Curtis
John Curtis
Born: 11/22/1984
Height: 6-2
Weight: 210
Year: Senior
Hometown: Newhall, Calif.
High School: Hart HS
Position: C
B/T: L/R
Experience: 3V

TITANS `06: Started 46 games behind the plate in 2006, hitting a career-best .277 • Had a career-best four-game hitting streak from Mar. 10 to Mar 18, going 9-for-15 (.600) in wins over East Carolina and Arizona • Posted nine multiple-hit games, three of which tied his career best of three hits in a game (Mar. 10 vs. East Carolina, Mar. 17 at Arizona and in the Titans' final game of the CWS June 21 vs. North Carolina) • Collected three RBI on Feb. 19 vs. UC Irvine and Mar. 10 vs. East Carolina • Caught 11 of 32 would-be base stealers (34 percent) from behind the dish in 58 games • Was named to the preseason watch list for the Johnny Bench Award, an honor given to the nation's top collegiate catcher • Was named to the All-Big West Conference's Second Team • Was drafted in the 24th round (732 overall) of the MLB draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

TITANS `05: Played in all 64 games for the Titans in 2005, starting all but three behind the dish • Had 12 multi-hit games including two three-hit games • Drove in a career-high four RBI on Mar. 1 at San Diego State, going 2-for-5 with a double in the Titans' 18-8 victory • Picked up 3 RBI on Apr. 9 at Cal State Northridge, again knocking a double, going 2-for-3 in a 24-0 shutout • Picked up a career-high three hits on two occasions: once on Mar. 19. vs. Arizona and the other on Apr. 16, going 3-for-4 on both occasions • Threw out 27 percent of the runners (12-for-44) attempting to steal off him in his first full season behind the plate • Led the team in sacrifice flies with 5 • Had a four-game hitting streak from May 7 to May 17, picking up one hit in each game • Was drafted in the 29th round by the Cleveland Indians (No. 874 overall).

TITANS `04: Saw limited time behind the dish, hitting .208 in 23 games • Had a season-high two RBI on two occasions (Apr. 24 vs. UC Santa Barbara and May 1 vs. Cal Poly.)

TITANS `03: Granted a redshirt season.

HART HS: Was a two-year letterman at Hart H.S. in Newhall, Calif., where he was a first baseman and catcher for Coach Jim Ozella • Batted .365 with six homers and 23 RBI as a senior • Hit .392 with six homers his junior year when Hart posted a 26-2 record and advanced to the second round of CIF play • As a junior, twice hit a pair of homers in a game against Burroughs (Burbank) H.S. and, as a senior, hit the game-winning home run in his final league game.

PERSONAL: Born on November 22, 1984, in Panorama City, Calif. • Parents are Jim and Patti Curtis • Full name is John Matthew Curtis • Nickname is Daddy • Has three older sisters (Kim, Melissa and Jennifer) • Says his parents are his greatest influences • Majoring in criminal justice • Would like to see LSU added to the Titans' schedule • He models his game after Jason Varitek • Biggest sports thrill is winning the College World Series in 2004 • If he could have dinner with anyone dead or alive it would be Ted Williams • Favorites include: Los Angeles Dodgers (team), Anchorman and Face Off (movies), John Travolta and Jessica Alba (actors).