Purdue travels to East Lansing for the third time in four meetings
The game is the annual Hammer Down Cancer day
Saturday is Family Day at Ross-Ade Stadium
The home opener is Military Appreciation and Band Day
D.J. Knox rushes for 102 yards and one score in his first career start
2014: Appeared in nine games, making eight starts before injuring his knee during the Nebraska game ... finished the season with 38 catches for 616 yards and four touchdowns and two games with over 100 yards receiving … recorded three rushes for 10 yards … three punt returns for 36 yards with a long of 28 … returned one kickoff for 33 yards against Central Michigan … also logged two solo tackles on special teams … caught two passes for 14 yards against Western Michigan on Aug. 30 … caught a 23 yard touchdown against Central Michigan on Sept. 6 … made four receptions for 61 yards against No. 11 Notre Dame on Sept. 13 … finished with five receptions for 106 yards against Southern Illinois on Sept. 20 … caught six passes for 33 yards against Iowa on Sept. 27 … recorded 99 yards receiving with a touchdown on three catches at Illinois on Oct. 4 … finished with a season-high 133 yards receiving from nine receptions against No. 8 Michigan State on Oct. 11 … made four receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown at Minnesota on Oct 18 … had four receptions for 80 yards at No. 17 Nebraska on Nov. 1.
2013: Appeared in 10 of 12 games, making two starts … finished the season with 17 receptions for 313 yards and a pair of touchdowns … had eight tackles, five solo, on special teams … had one reception for five yards at No. 24 Wisconsin on Sept. 21 … collected two passes for 28 yards against Northern Illinois on Sept. 28 … caught one pass for three yards against No. 4 Ohio State on Nov. 2 … finished with four catches for 84 yards and a touchdown against Iowa on Nov. 9 … had two receptions for 21 yards at Penn State on Nov. 16 … caught two passes for 23 yards against Illinois on Nov. 23 … had a career-high 151 yards receiving, including an 80-yard touchdown, on five catches at Indiana on Nov. 30.
2012: Appeared in 12 games as a true freshman … finished with seven rushes for 58 yards (8.3 ypc) and one touchdown and one reception for 25 yards and a touchdown … also made 13 tackles, nine solo, on special teams … special teams MVP for Purdue … had two carries for 11 yards against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 1 … finished with five carries for 47 yards and a touchdown against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 15 … had a 25-yard touchdown reception at Minnesota on Oct. 27. Also tallied three solo tackles against the Golden Gophers … finished with three tackles against Indiana on Nov. 24.
High School: Team won three consecutive Class 1A state titles from 2009-11 ... team went 45-0 during those three years ... scored a school-record 107 touchdowns during prep career - 54 rushing, 39 receiving, seven punt returns, four interception returns and three kickoff returns ... holds the school record for career touchdown receptions (39), points scored (646, ninth in Indiana history), single season points (310, sixth in Indiana history) and for single season touchdowns (51) ... two-time state championship player of the game (2010-11) ... Associated Press All-State as a junior and senior ... two-time All-Hoosier Conference (2010-11) ... two-time Lafayette Journal and Courier Small School Player of the Year (2010-11) ... team MVP his junior and senior seasons ... football coach was Kevin O’Shea ... also played baseball and ran track ... baseball team won state title his freshman and sophomore seasons ... ran a 10.79 in the 100-meter dash his senior year and finished fourth at the 2012 state track meet in a time of 10.84.
Personal: Given name is Daniel John Anthrop ... born May 29, 1993 ... brother, Dru, was a member of the Purdue basketball team ... brother, Jade, played basketball and baseball at St. Joseph College ... parents, John and Jana, are both Purdue graduates, as are two aunts and two uncles ... majoring in law and society.