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Carson Wiggs heading into Sr season: Pre-2011: Hit 67-yard field goal in Purdue's 2011 spring game. 2010: Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches, Media) .... Made 15 fof 19 on field goal attempts (5-6 from 40-plus yards away) with a long of 52 yards … Perfect 27 of 27 on PATs … Hit his last eight straight field goal tries … Averaged 65.2 yards per kickoff attempt (11 touchbacks in 54 attempts) to help the Boilermakers lead the Big Ten in kickoff coverage. 2009: Lou Groza Award watch list … honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches and media … Purdue's co-Special Teams MVP (also Robert Maci) … appeared in all 12 games … made 14 of 21 field goal attempts (8-14 from 40-plus yards away) … connected on 40 of 41 PAT attempts … averaged 63.4 yards on 63 kickoffs, including five touchbacks … averaged 36.5 yards on four punts, including a touchback and a long of 51 yards … broke own school record with 59-yard field goal vs. Toledo, the nation's longest field goal of the season … named Star of the Week by Lou Groza Award and Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking four field goals vs. Ohio State (27, 32, 49 and 55 yards). 2008: Appeared in all 12 games … ranked second on team with 43 points … made 8 of 11 field goal attempts (2-5 from 40-plus yards away) … connected on 19 of 21 PAT attempts … averaged 58.6 yards on 41 kickoffs, including three touchbacks … averaged 31.2 yards on six punts, including five inside the 20-yard line, one touchback and one fair catch … made eight of last nine field goals … First successful field goal was school-record 53-yarder (since broken) at Ohio State.
Ryan Kerrigan heading into Sr season: 2010: 2010 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES)...2010 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES)...First team All-Big Ten (coaches and media) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... runner up for the Ted Hendricks Award (nation's outstanding defensive end) ... semifinalist for Chuck Bednarik Award, Rotary Lombardi Award and Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy ... led the Football Bowl Subdivision in tackles for loss in the regular season (26.0) ... finished the regular season tied for second in fumbles forced (5) ... finished the regular season third in the FBS in sacks (12.5) ... led the Big Ten in all three categories ... finished third in a season in school history in TFLs and sixth in sacks...Started all 12 games ... had at least one sack in nine of 12 games, one TFL in 11 of 12 and multiple TFLs in eight games ... 70 total tackles were a career high and the most by a defensive lineman in the Big Ten during the regular season ...2009: Named to Ted Hendricks Award watch list (nation's outstanding defensive end) ... First team All-Big Ten by media and second team by coaches ... Second team Academic All-American ... Received team's Most Valuable Player Award for defense ... Started all 12 games ... Led nation with school-record-tying seven forced fumbles (also James Looney, 1979) ... Seven forced fumbles are second-most in Big Ten history (Jonal Saint-Dic of Michigan State had eight in 2007) ... Topped Big Ten and ranked third nationally with 13.0 sacks...ranked fourth in Big Ten with 18.5 tackles for loss ... Fourth on team with 66 tackles (41 solo, 25 assists) ... Had two pass breakups and one fumble recovery ...2008: Honorable mention All-Big Ten by media ... Appeared in all 12 games, including 11 starts ... Ranked seventh in Big Ten in sacks (7.0) and 10th in tackles for loss (11.5) ... Topped team in both categories ... Shared team lead with two forced fumbles ... Ranked fourth with 56 tackles (31 solo, 25 assists) ... Had four pass breakups and one interception ...2007: Appeared in 12 games ... Had 18 tackles (12 solo, 6 assists), including 1.0 sack.
Alex Magee heading into Sr season: 2008: Started all but the Ohio State game at left defensive end...Registered 28 tackles (14 solos), his lowest total in three years as a starter, but he made a career-high 3.5 sacks for minus 18 yards...Credited with six stops for losses of 29 yards...Also caused and recovered a fumble...Magee started 33 of 50 games at Purdue, including 22 at right defensive tackle and 11 at left defensive end...Recorded 117 tackles (68 solos) with six sacks for minus 36 yards and 14 stops for losses of 58 yards...Caused three fumbles and recovered four others...Intercepted one pass, deflected two others and blocked three kicks...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 24 Sol-38 TT, 4.5 TFL, 2 PBU, 2 QBH, 2 FR, 1 FF, 2 BLK; Started all 13 games ... had 38 tackles (24 solo, 14 assists), including 4.5 for loss, with two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and two blocked kicks ... blocked field goal attempts vs. Notre Dame on Sept. 29 and vs. Michigan State on Nov. 10 ... 2006: 14 GP; 7 GS; 20 Sol-33 TT, 2.5 TFL, 2.5 SK, 1 INT, 1 FR, 1 FF, 1 BLK; Appeared in all 14 games, including seven starts ... had 33 tackles (20 solo, 13 assists), including 2.5 sacks, with one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick ... blocked 51-yard field goal attempt vs. Minnesota on Sept. 23 ... 2005: 11 GP; 2 GS; 10 Sol-18 TT, 1 TFL; Appeared in all 11 games, including two starts ... had 18 tackles (10 solo, 8 assists), including 1.0 for loss ... made first career start and came up with season-high four tackles (2 solo, 2 assists), including 1.0 for loss, at Wisconsin on Oct. 22.
Kawann Short heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 2/44 -- Kawann Short, DT, 6-3, 308, Purdue...Even though they had bigger glaring holes in their secondary, the Panthers used their second pick on another defensive tackle. Short was at the top of their board at the time, and they're going to use the talented pass rusher in a rotation with Lotulelei and veteran Dwan Edwards. - The Sports Xchange
Kory Sheets heading into rSr season: 2007: 13 GP; 9 GS; Rush: 168-859-5.1-11; Rec: 30-216-7.2-2; KR: 1-14-14-0; 1 Sol-1 TT; Named to Doak Walker Award watch list (nation's outstanding running back) ... appeared in all 13 games, including nine starts ... led team in rushing with 168 carries for 859 yards (5.1 average) and 11 touchdowns (tied for 11th on school season list) with a long of 59 yards ... topped team with 13 total touchdowns (tied for 10th on school season list) ... caught 30 passes for 216 yards (7.2 average) and two touchdowns with a long of 41 yards ... eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark three times ... second on team in total offense with 66.1 yards per game and in all-purpose yards with 1,089 yards (83.8 average per game) ... returned one kickoff for 14 yards ...2006: 14 GP; 14 GS; Rush: 158-780-4.9-11; Rec: 28-213-7.6-2; KR: 19-422-22.2-0; Named to Doak Walker Award watch list (nation's outstanding running back) ... Connecticut Player of the Year by Walter Camp Football Foundation ... second Purdue player to receive that honor (also linebacker Niko Koutouvides in 2002) ... started all 14 games ... ranked ninth in Big Ten with 55.7 rushing yards per game ... had 780 rushing yards on 158 carries (4.9 average) and 11 rushing touchdowns (tied for seventh on Purdue season list) ... topped team with 13 total touchdowns (tied for 10th on school season list) ... ranked second with 780 yards total offense and 1,423 all-purpose yards (12th on school season list) ... fifth with 28 receptions for 213 yards (7.6 average) and two touchdowns ... averaged team-leading 22.2 yards per kickoff return (19 returns for 422 yards) to rank tied for fifth in Big Ten (also Steve Breaston of Michigan) ...2005: 11 GP; 2 GS; Rush: 104-571-5.5-10; Rec: 13-132-10.2-0; KR: 4-73-18.2-0; Named honorable mention Freshman All-American by The Sporting News ... appeared in all 11 games, including two starts ... ranked second on team with 571 yards rushing on 104 carries (5.5 average) ... average of 5.5 yards per carry now ranks 13th on school season list ... shared top spot on squad with 10 rushing touchdowns (also Jerod Void) ... 10 rushing touchdowns now are rank tied for 13th on school season list ... had 13 receptions for 132 yards (10.2 average) ... returned four kickoffs for 73 yards (18.2 average) ... recorded 11 total touchdowns to rank fifth among all freshmen in country and now tied for 15th on school season list ... 2004: Did not play.
Curtis Painter heading into rSr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 53-(-20)-(-0.4)-3; Pass: 569-356-62.6-3846-29-11; 1 Sol-1 TT; Manning Award watch list (national quarterback award) ... honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches and media ... started all 13 games ... ranked 12th nationally in passing yards (295.8) and 18th in total offense (292.3) ... second in Big Ten in both categories ... third in Big Ten and tied for 21st nationally in points responsible for with average of 14.8 per game ... ranked fourth in Big Ten with 132.3 passing efficiency ... tied Big Ten season record with 569 passing attempts (also Drew Brees in 1998) ... 356 completions rank second on school season list, 29 passing touchdowns are third, .626 completion percentage and 3,846 passing yards are fourth, 3,826 yards of total offense are fifth and 132.2 passing efficiency is 11th...2006: 14 GP; 14 GS; Rush: 76-107-1.4-6; Pass: 530-315-59.4-2985-22-19; Manning Award watch list (national quarterback award) ... honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches ... started all 14 games...2005: 9 GP; 5 GS; Rush: 52-251-4.8-4; Pass: 170-89-52.4-932-3-5; Named honorable mention Freshman All-American and to Big Ten All-Freshman team by The Sporting News ... appeared in nine games, including five starts ... completed 89 of 170 passes (52.4 percent) for 932 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions ... ranked third on team with 251 yards rushing on 52 carries (4.8 average) and four touchdowns ... started last five games and led Boilermakers to 3-2 record ... completed 23 of 44 passes for 212 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in first career start at Wisconsin on Oct. 22...2004: Did not play...uncle, Jay Venzin, lettered as offensive guard for Purdue in 1975 and 1976 and grandfather, Donald Beck, played basketball for Boilermakers from 1953 to 1955.
Mike Neal heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite/Add…2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: 12 GP; 11 GS; 18 Sol-33 TT, 10 TFL, 5.5 SK, 1 QBH; Ranked second on team with 5.5 sacks and third with 10.0 tackles for loss. 2007: 13 GP; 0 GS; 10 Sol-22 TT, 3.5 TFL, 2 SK, 1 PBU; Played final three games with a torn labrum that required surgery after the season. Appeared in all 13 games … recorded 22 tackles (10 solo, 12 assists), including 3.5 for loss and 2.0 sacks, with one pass breakup … recorded sack at Toledo on Sept. 1 … had career-high five tackles (2 solo, 3 assists), including 1.5 for loss and 1.0 sack, vs. Central Michigan in Motor City Bowl on Dec. 26. 2006: 9 GP; 0 GS; 8 Sol-9 TT, 1 TFL, 1 PBU; Appeared in nine games as reserve. 2005: Did not play, underwent knee surgery. Personal: Father, Michael, played football at Weber State.
Kyle Adams heading into rSr season: 2009: Received team's Kiwanis Citizenship Award and team's Noble E. Kizer Award (top grade-point average last two semesters) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... started all 12 games ... had 29 receptions for 249 yards (8.6 average) ...2008: Received team's Noble E. Kizer Award (top grade-point average last two semesters) ... returned season-opening short kickoff for three yards vs. Northern Colorado on Sept. 6 but suffered season-ending knee injury on that play ...2007: Received team's Newcomer Award - Offense for spring practice ... Academic All-Big Ten ... appeared in all 13 games, including one start ... had eight receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns ...2006: Appeared in eight games, including one start ... had six receptions for 58 yards and one touchdown.
Dennis Kelly heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 5/153 - Dennis Kelly, OT, 6-8, 321, Purdue...Despite being a three-year starter at a Big-10 school, Kelly was a relative unknown who didn't even get an invite to the NFL scouting combine. But Howard Mudd is a master at developing young players. - The Sports Xchange
David Pender heading into Sr season: 2008: 12 GP; 12 GS; 24 Sol-32 TT, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 12 PBU; Honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches ... ranked tied for third in Big Ten with 13 passes defended (12 breakups and one interception) ... led team in breakups. 2007: 13 GP; 7 GS; 36 Sol-44 TT, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 6 PBU. 2006: 14 GP; 1 GS; 10 Sol-13 TT, 2 PBU.
Nick Mondek heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 6/195 - Nick Mondek, OT, 6-5, 307, Purdue...The third offensive lineman drafted and the only tackle. He'll have a chance to compete for a backup job or make the practice squad. - The Sports Xchange
Anthony Heygood heading into rSr season: 2007: 13 GP; 12 GS; 47 Sol-80 TT, 14 TFL, 1 SK, 3 PBU, 3 FF; Received team's Most Improved Award - Defense for spring season ... honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches ... appeared in all 13 games, including 12 starts ... shared team lead with 15.0 tackles for loss (also Cliff Avril), including 1.0 sack ... ranked second with 81 tackles (48 solo, 33 assists) ... had three pass breakups and three forced fumbles ... topped team in tackles five times...2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 9-36-4-0; 6 Sol-7 TT; Arrested in December 2005 for a drug violation. Appeared in all 11 games as reserve and on special teams ... had nine carries for 36 yards (4.0 average) ... recorded 7 tackles (6 solo, 1 assist) ... had five rushes for 27 yards vs. Akron on Sept. 10 ... came up with two tackles (both solos) vs. Michigan State on Nov. 5. 2004: Did not play.
Sean Sester heading into rSr season: 2007: Received team's Pit Bull Award - Offense (exemplified and sustained tenacity and intense play) for spring season ... honorable mention by both coaches and media ... started all 13 games at left tackle after moving from right tackle during training camp ... part of offensive line that helped Purdue lead Big Ten in total offense at 435.9 yards per game and rank 12th nationally in passing offense at 307.2 yards per game...2006: Started all 14 games at right tackle ... part of offensive line that helped Purdue lead Big Ten and rank 13th nationally in total offense at 415.7 yards per game ... Boilermakers were stopped behind line of scrimmage just 50 times out of 941 plays (once every 18.8 plays) ... average of 3.57 tackles for loss allowed per game led nation ... line surrendered merely 20 sacks (third-fewest in Big Ten) in 541 passing attempts (one every 27.1 attempts)...2005: Received team's Newcomer Award - Offense for spring season ... named first team Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com ... selected third team Freshman All-American and to Big Ten All-Freshman team by The Sporting News ... named honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches ... started all 11 games at right tackle ... part of offensive line that allowed merely nine sacks out of 428 passing attempts (one every 47.6 passes) ... nine sacks allowed are fewest by a Joe Tiller-coached Purdue team...2004: Did not play.
Greg Orton heading into Sr season: 2008 Preseason: Missed spring 2008 with a lingering hamstring injury...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rec: 67-752-11.2-3; Started all 13 games ... third on team with 67 receptions for 752 yards (11.2 average) and three touchdowns ... 2006: 14 GP; 11 GS; Rec: 58-790-13.6-5; Appeared in all 14 games, including 11 starts ... ranked 10th in Big Ten with 56.4 receiving yards per game and 4.14 receptions per game ... finished second on team with 58 receptions for 790 yards (13.6 average) and five receiving touchdowns ... 2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; Rec: 9-94-10.4-0; Appeared in all 11 games as reserve ... had nine receptions for 94 yards (10.4 average).
Keith Smith heading into rSr season: 2010: Smith led the Big Ten with 91 catches last season, and he had caught 18 passes for 123 yards in two games in 2010 before tearing the medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee. He was hurt on a tackle in the fourth quarter of a 31-21 win over Western Illinois. He had surgery on Oct. 18 in Indianapolis...2009: First team All-Big Ten by media and second team by coaches ... started all 12 games ... led Big Ten with average of 7.6 receptions per game and 91.7 receiving yards per game (13th nationally) ... had 91 receptions (third on school season list and tied for seventh on Big Ten list) for 1,100 yards (fifth on school season list) with six touchdowns ... had four consecutive 100-yard receiving games to tie school record set by Rodney Carter in 1985 ...2008: Appeared in all 12 games, including four starts ... ranked eighth in Big Ten with average of 4.1 receptions per game ... third on team with 49 receptions for 486 yards (9.9 average) and two touchdowns ...2007: Redshirted... moved from safety to wide receiver late in season...2006: Appeared in 11 games, including one start ... switched from quarterback to safety after two games following injuries to Torri Williams and Aaron Lane ... had 11 tackles (9 solo, 2 assists).
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