Big Ten Sportsmanship Award... Blount played in 23 games and started 11 times, seeing action at first base (6), designated hitter (4) and third base (1)... also played shortstop as a late-innings replacement against Illinois State and Bradley... honored as the team's Red Mackey Award winner (honored senior)... started Big Ten games against Penn State (2) and Northwestern (2) as well as Illinois and Iowa... also made starts against Ball State (2), Morehead State, Lipscomb and Tennessee-Martin in nonconference action... the Boilers were 9-2 in games he started... tied a Purdue single-game record with five runs scored in game three of the Morehead State series, finishing the win 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and a walk... singled home a run, walked and scored a run as the starting first baseman in the win at Ball State, finishing the game at third base... executed a pair of sac bunts, including a ninth-inning squeeze, in the series-opening win at Penn State... singled home a run in Purdue's six-run third inning rally in the rubber game win at PSU... singled, walked and scored a run as the starting first baseman in the home win against Ball State... went 2-for-4 with an RBI double against Iowa on Senior Day at Lambert Field.
Blount played in 32 games and started nine times, making at least one start at second base, shortstop, third base and right field ... struck out only four times in 52 at-bats while registering an equal number of walks ... batted .286 with a home run, two doubles and five runs scored in midweek action ... batted .316 with three extra-base hits in April ... Big East/Big Ten Challenge (Feb. 26-March 1): saw action in three of the four games, starting the West Virginia game in right field; delivered a pinch hit single and scored against Rutgers ... at Southern Illinois (March 5-7): played in all three games of the series, starting the opener and finale at third base; doubled and scored twice in the series-opening win ... at Eastern Kentucky (March 16-17): started game two of the midweek series at third base, singling in his second at-bat ... Chicago State (March 26-27): recorded an RBI single and scored twice in the series opener after entering the game as defensive replacement at shortstop ... at Missouri (March 30-31): saw action at shortstop in both games, starting game two of the midweek series; singled and scored in game one ... Valparaiso (April 6): enjoyed his finest game of the year in the home win, going 2-for-5 with an RBI double and solo home run as the starting shortstop ... at Michigan (April 9-11): saw action off the bench in game two of the series, recording an RBI single ... at Illinois State (April 14): singled and scored as a defensive replacement in the win at the Missouri Valley Conference champions ... Penn State (April 16-18): saw action in all three games as a pinch hitter ... Wabash (April 21): doubled and scored and recorded a sacrifice fly in the win ... Big Ten Tournament (May 26-28): started the win against Northwestern at second base, collecting an RBI with a second-inning squeeze bunt.
Hit .322 with seven doubles, a triple, two home runs and 20 RBIs in 38 games played ... Big East/Big Ten Challenge (Feb. 20-22): Appeared in two games and made one start. Went 1 for 5 (.200) at the plate ... at Southeast Missouri State (Feb. 27): Made one start in the doubleheader, going 1 for 4 (.250) with a double, an RBI and two runs scored ... at Texas State (March 6-8): Went 2 for 7 (.286) with a run scored in two games ... at Butler (March 11): Appeared as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement. Went 1 for 2 with an RBI ... Dunn Hospitality Classic (March 13-15): Appeared in two games, including one start. Hit .400 (2 for 5) at the plate ... at Illinois-Chicago (March 17-18): Finished 2 for 7 (.286) with a double and run scored in two games ... at Northwestern (March 27-28): Batted .375 (3 for 8) with an RBI and a run scored in two starts ... at IPFW (April 1): Finished the contest 2 for 6, including first home run of the season, and three runs scored ... Wabash (April 2): Went 2 for 5 with three RBIs and a run scored ... Iowa (April 3-4): Appeared in all three games, including one start. Batted .500 (2 for 4) with a run scored ... Ball State (April 7): Appeared in the game as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement. Went 1 for 3 ... Illinois State (April 8): Went 1 for 3 with an RBI as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement ... at Penn State (April 10-12): Appeared in all three games, including two starts. Finished the series 3 for 8 (.375) with a double, three RBIs and a run scored ... at Illinois State (April 15): Had a single, double and triple, and finished with two RBIs and a run scored in five at bats ... Ohio State (April 17-18): Appeared in two games, including one start ... Butler (April 22): Went 5 for 6 with two doubles, a home run, four RBIs and four runs scored in the contest ... at Minnesota (April 24-26): Started all three games of the series and went 2 for 11 (.182) with a run scored ... at Ball State (April 28): Finished the game 2 for 5 with with two RBIs and a pair of runs scored ... Indiana (May 2-3): Started two games and finished 1 for 6 with a run scored ... at Michigan State (May 9-11): Made one start in the series ... Illinois (May 14-16): Started one game of the series ... Big Ten Tournament (May 20-22): Appeared in all three games, including one start. Finished the tournament 2 for 6, including a double.
Academic All-Big Ten ... Appeared in 15 games and made one start ... Batted .125 (2 for 16) with three RBIs and two runs scored ... at Western Kentucky (Feb. 29-March 2): Made first career start at DH ... Valparaiso (March 26): Collected first collegiate hit and RBI in a pinch-hit appearance ... at Iowa (April 4-6): Entered the series finale as a replacement ... Drove in a run on a sacrifice fly and scored a run after drawing a walk after ... Minnesota (April 25-27): Pinch hit in the sixth inning and drew a bases loaded walk to force in a run ... Came around to score the go-ahead run later in the inning, as Purdue rallied from a 5-1 deficit to win 7-5.
Did not see action ... Redshirted due to shoulder surgery.
Was a three-year letterwinner at Miami Palmetto Senior High ... Batted .286 as a sophomore while winning the Panther Award ... Earned all-county honors and was named a captain and team MVP as a junior while batting .420 ... Named all-county as a senior while hitting .354, also serving as a team captain.
Full name is David Nicholas Blount III ... Born Dec. 15, 1987, in Miami, Fla. ... Son of David and Holly Blount ... Has one sister, Caroline ... Majoring in engineering.