1997 Purdue Honors & Awards

*Beat No. 24-ranked Oklahoma St. in the Alamo Bowl (5-1 bowl mark)
*Beat No. 24-ranked Wisconsin
*Made the Top 25 polls for the first time since 1988 (climbed to a high of 15th in final AP and Coaches' polls on Jan. 3)
*Set a school-record of 11.0 yards per play vs. Wisconsin (51-559 yds.)
*Ranked first in Big Ten in total offense, seventh nationally
*Ranked first in Big Ten in passing, 13th nationally
*Ranked second in Big Ten in scoring, 22nd nationally
*Got off to its best start (6-1) since 1978
*Won six straight games for first time since 1980
*Achieved first winning season and bowl bid since 1984
*Won at Minnesota for the first time since 1983
*Scored its most points (59) since 1947 in a single game (Minnesota)
*Upset 12th-ranked Notre Dame for the Shillelagh Trophy
*Beat Illinois for the Cannon Trophy
*Beat Indiana for the Old Oaken Bucket; claimed all three trophy rivalry games for the first time since 1985
*Finished in a three-way tie for second place in the Big Ten, its   highest finish since 1984 (6-3, second place tie). 
*Nine overall wins were the most since 1980 (9-3 campaign). 
*Set school records for points in a season with 396 (old mark 354 in 10 games in 1969), total yards (5,510-459.2 avg.) and turnover margin (+14.0)
Coach Joe Tiller
*Football News National Coach-of-the-Year 
*Kickoff National Coach-of-the-Year
*Big Ten Dave McClain Coach-of-the-Year
*GTE Region 3 Coach-of-the-Year (includes the Big Ten, MAC and  Conference USA) by the American Football Coaches Association
*National Coach-of-the-Year by national syndicated columnist Mike Lopresti
*Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach-of-the-Year finalist (one of six)
*The Sporting News National Coach-of-the-Year finalist (one of 12)
Brian Alford
*First team All-American by Football News
*Second team All-American by Associated Press
*Third team All-American by The Sporting News
*First team All-Big Ten (coaches and media)
*Purdue Captain and Co-Team MVP
*Third-round NFL Draft Pick by the New York Giants
*Set Purdue single-game record for pass receiving yards with 215 at Minnesota
*Purdue's career leader in pass receiving yardage (2,968) and TDs (30)
*Set Purdue single-season pass receiving yardage (1,167) record
*Career-wise, ranks fourth in Big Ten in TDs, fourth in receiving yards and eighth in catches
*ESPN2-TV Purdue Player-of-the-Game vs. Iowa
Adrian Beasley
*Alamo Bowl Outstanding Defensive Player
Brent Botts
*Academic All-Big Ten
Lee Brush
*Kiwanis Citizenship Award
*Red Mackey Award
Rosevelt Colvin
*Second team All-Big Ten (media), honorable mention (coaches)
*Purdue Captain
*Big Ten Special Teams Player-of-the-Week vs. Michigan State
Billy Dicken
*First team All-Big Ten (coaches), second team (media)
*Alamo Bowl Outstanding Offensive Player
*Co-Team MVP
*ABC-TV Purdue Player-of-the-Game vs. Notre Dame
*ESPN2-TV Purdue Player-of-the-Game vs. Michigan State
*National Player-of-the-Week by College Insider and Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week after Notre Dame
*Big Ten Offensive Co-Player-of-the-Week after Wisconsin
*Tied Purdue single-game record with five TD passes at Minnesota; tied Purdue single-game record with 60 pass attempts vs. Penn State
*ESPN Purdue Player-of-the-Game vs. Penn State
Brian Dinkins
*Verle Campbell Scout Team Award
Willie Fells
*Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (media)
Mark Fischer
*Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media)
*Purdue Captain
*Hula Bowl selection
*Fifth-round NFL Draft Pick by the Washington Redskins
*Academic All-Big Ten
*Red Mackey Award
*Leonard Wilson Award
Brandon Gorin
*Academic All-Big Ten
Lee Johnson
*Pop Doan Award 
Noble Jones
*Academic All-Big Ten
Brandon Kaser
*Academic All-District 5
*Big Ten Special Teams Player-of-the-Week vs. Toledo
*Academic All-Big Ten
Matt Ludwig
*Academic All-Big Ten
Chad Manning
*Academic All-Big Ten
*Noble Kizer Award
Warren Moore
*Academic All-Big Ten
Jim Niedrach
*Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media)
Mike Rose
*Big Ten Defensive Player-of-the-Week vs. Northwestern
*ESPN-TV Purdue Player-of-the-Game vs. Northwestern
*Tied Ross-Ade Stadium single-game record for most pass INTs
*Tied Purdue single-game record for most fumble recoveries
John Reeves
*Leonard Wilson Award
Shane Ryan
*Pop Doan Award
Todd Stelma
*Academic All-Big Ten
Vinny Sutherland
*Second team Freshman All-American
Robert Tolbert
*Academic All-Big Ten
Steve Turpin
*Verle Campbell Scout Team Award
Edwin Watson
*Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (coaches)
*Pop Doan Award
*Seventh-round NFL Draft Pick by the Green Bay Packers


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