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Chris Clopton
Chris Clopton

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lynwood, Ill.

High School:
Thornton Fractional South

Height / Weight:
5-7 / 171

Position:
Cornerback

Birthdate:
03/23/1978



Career: Ranks third on Purdue?s career kickoff return yards list with 1,274.

1999: Academic All-Big Ten ? appeared in all 12 games, including seven starts at cornerback ? returned 19 kickoffs for 341 yards ? his 17.9-yard average on returns ranked seventh in the Big Ten ? recorded 18 tackles (14 solos, four assists), including two for loss ? had four pass breakups ? posted career high of three tackles against Penn State on Oct. 23 ? had an interception against Minnesota on Oct. 30.

1998: Academic All-Big Ten ... played in eight games as reserve and on special teams ... began season as running back before moving to defensive back ... returned 14 kickoffs for 24.5-yard average ... had nine tackles and two pass breakups.

1997: Appeared in 11 games as reserve and on special teams ... ranked fifth in Big Ten with 21.1-yard average on 28 kickoff returns ... total yardage of 590 yards ranked fifth on school list ... longest return was 36-yarder against Michigan State on Nov. 8.

High School: Class 5A all-state running back ... also played wingback and receiver as senior ... rushed for 3,600 yards with 47 touchdowns during his career, averaging 9.6 yards per rush/reception and one touchdown every 8.7 touches ... as senior ran for 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns ... state track qualifier in the low hurdles each of his last three years ... two-time academic all-state honoree.

Personal: Given name is Christopher Michael Clopton ... born March 23, 1978 ... computer technology major ... also runs track for Purdue.

Clopton?s Purdue Statistics

Defense

Year Solo Ast. Tot. Tl.-Yds. Sacks-Yds. 1998 5 4 9 0-0 0-0 1999 14 4 18 2-4 0-0 Totals 19 8 27 2-4 0-0

Year PBU FF FR Int. BK 1998 2 0 0 0 0 1999 4 0 1 1 0 Totals 6 0 1 1 0

Kickoff Returns Year No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg. 1997 28 590 21.1 0 36 1998 14 343 24.5 0 39 1999 19 341 17.9 0 38 Totals 61 1274 20.9 0 39

Receiving Year No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg. 1997 2 33 16.5 0 24 1998 2 4 2.0 0 2 Totals 4 37 9.3 0 24