Eighteen former Purdue players open 2014 season on rosters.
Purdue improved its Academic All-Big Ten total by 18 student-athletes from merely a year ago.
Dec. 8 event to honor 21 seniors.
Boilermakers set to host Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
Purdue and Notre Dame will play for 84th time this Saturday.
AP Photos: Purdue at No. 7 Ohio State
2012: Appeared in all 13 games as a reserve ... finished with 12 total tackles, including eight solo stops ... had 1.0 sack and a PBU ... had two solo stops against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 1 ... recorded first sack at No. 22 Notre Dame on Sept. 8.
College of the Desert: An accomplished basketball player, only took up football in junior college ... played tight end as a freshman at the College of the Desert before moving over to the defensive side of the ball as a sophomore ... had nine tackles, including 1.5 for loss, in seven games played as a sophomore at COD ... junior college coach was Dean Dowty.
High School: Four-year letterwinner in basketball ... all-league in hoops his sophomore and junior seasons.
Personal: Given name is Gregory Kilohana Latta ... born Dec. 27, 1991 ... majoring in kinesiology/exercise science.