Former Boilermaker Chris Clopton is in his third season as a graduate assistant. He will work with the defensive backs for the second year after aiding the offense in 2004.
Clopton was a four-year letterwinner from 1997 to 2000. He played wide receiver, running back and cornerback while also returning kickoffs. He enjoyed his greatest success as a senior on Purdue's 2000 Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl team, registering 41 tackles and four pass breakups. Clopton's total of 1,553 kickoff return yards is the most in Purdue history, while his average of 21.3 yards ranks 16th all-time.
During the 2003 season, Clopton served as defensive backs coach at Thornton Fractional High School in Calumet City, Ill.
Clopton played arenafootball2 with the Boosier City-Shreveport (La.) Battle Wings in 2001, and he spent the 2002 and 2003 with the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League.
Clopton (born March 23, 1978) earned a B.S. in computer information systems in technology in 2001.