News & Notes on Purdue Athletics.
Purdue will have at least one player on a Super Bowl roster for a 16th consecutive year.
Purdue takes on Indiana for the 117th time in series history.
Eighteen former Purdue players open 2014 season on rosters.
Akeem Hunt ran for a career-high 102 yards and a touchdown and Danny Etling completed 20 of 29 passes for 163 yards for Purdue.
2012: Started all 13 games ... finished with 28 total tackles, including 19 solo stops and 5.5 for losses ... had two tackles, including one for loss, against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 1 ... had one assisted tackle at No. 22 Notre Dame on Sept. 8 ... had two solo tackles, including one for loss, against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 15 ... tied career high with 2.0 tackles for loss against Marshall on Sept. 29. Had three tackles, all solo, against the Thundering Herd ... recovered a fumble against Michigan on Oct. 6 ... finished with four tackles, three solo, against Wisconsin on Oct. 13 ... had two tackles and a fumble recovered at No. 7 Ohio State on Oct. 20 ... recorded two tackles and forced a fumble at Minnesota on Oct. 27 ... tied career high with four solo stops against Penn State on Nov. 3 ... had two solo tackles, including one for loss, and forced a fumble at Illinois on Nov. 17 ... finished with four stops, including an assisted TFL, against Indiana on Nov. 24 ... finished with two assisted tackles in the Heart of Dallas Bowl against Oklahoma State on Jan. 1, 2013.
2011: Appeared in all 13 games, making nine starts ... finished with 30 tackles, including 7.0 for losses with 3.0 sacks ... had one stop, an assisted TFL, against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 3 ... had two tackles, including a TFL, at Rice on Sept. 10 ... finished with five tackles, including 1.5 for losses, against Southeast Missouri on Sept. 17 ... had a career-high seven tackles at Penn State on Oct. 15 ... finished with three tackles at Michigan on Oct. 29 ... recorded his first sack of the season and was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the week after blocked extra point forced overtime against Ohio State on Nov. 12 ... recorded second sack against Iowa on Nov. 19 ... tied career high with 2.0 tackles for loss, including a sack, and finished with five tackles at Indiana on Nov. 26.
2010: Appeared in all 12 games, starting the final 10 games as a true freshman ... finished with 26 total tackles, including 15 solo stops, 4.5 for loss with 1.0 sack ... finished with three assisted tackles against Western Illinois on Sept. 11 ... had four tackles in first career start against Ball State on Sept. 18 ... had two solo tackles, including one for loss, at Northwestern on Oct. 9 ... posted a season-high five tackles at Illinois on Oct. 30 ... finished with three solo tackles, including 2.0 for loss, against Michigan on Nov. 13 ... recorded first career sack against Indiana on Nov. 27.
High School: Listed as the No. 9 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 91 overall prospect nationally by Tom Lemming of maxpreps.com ... Illinois Defensive Player of the Year by Lemming ... three-star prospect, No. 42 defensive tackle and No. 10 recruit from Illinois by Rivals.com ... three-star recruit and No. 37 defensive tackle nationally by Scout ... three-star prospect and No. 71 defensive tackle by ESPN ... All-Chicago Area by Chicago Sun-Times and ESPNChicago.com ... Chicago Tribune All-State selection as senior ... recorded 99 tackles, including 16 sacks, senior season ... coach was Todd Kuska.
Personal: Given name is Bruce Verdell Gaston Jr. ... born Nov. 29, 1991 ... law and society major.