81 Boilermakers earn undergraduate degree
Saturday is Senior Day in Ross-Ade Stadium
The Boilermakers face their second top-6 opponent this season
The Boilermakers look for their first ranked win since 2011
Saturday is Purdue's latest Homecoming game since 1931
2015: Academic All-Big Ten ... appeared in eight games, making seven starts … had 41 total tackles on the season, 21 solo, with six tackles for loss, an assisted sack and a fumble forced … had four tackles and an assisted TFL at Marshall on Sept. 6 … recorded a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss as part of an eight-tackle effort against Indiana State on Sept. 12 … finished with four tackles vs. Virginia Tech on Sept. 19 … had seven tackles, including one for a loss, vs. Minnesota on Oct. 10 … tallied an assisted tackle against Illinois on Nov. 7 … had five tackles, one for loss, at Northwestern on Nov. 14 … had four tackles and a fumble forced at No. 6 Iowa on Nov. 21 … tied a season-high with eight tackles, including one for loss, vs. Indiana on Nov. 28.
2014: Academic All-Big Ten ... appeared in 10 games, starting eight, as injury forced him to miss two games … finished the season with 56 tackles, 28 solo, and three PBUs … recorded a career-high eight tackles in four different games … made four tackles, two solo, against Western Michigan on Aug. 30 … had one solo tackle against Southern Illinois on Sept. 20 … made eight tackles, one solo, at Illinois on Oct. 4 … finished with five tackles, four solo, against No. 8 Michigan State on Oct. 11 … recorded eight tackles, three solo, and .5 TFL at Minnesota on Oct. 18 … had five tackles, one solo, and two PBUs at No. 17 Nebraska on Nov. 1 … made eight tackles, four solo, and a TFL against Wisconsin on Nov. 8 … recorded a career-high six solo tackles and a PBU against Northwestern on Nov. 22 … made eight tackles, five solo, at Indiana on Nov 29.
2013: Academic All-Big Ten … appeared in all 12 games as a reserve and on special teams … finished with 13 tackles, 10 solo, on the year … had a season-high three solo tackles at No. 24 Wisconsin on Sept. 21 … finished with three tackles, two solo, against Illinois on Nov. 23.
2012: Did not play.
High School: Three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … rated by analyst Tom Lemming as one of the top outside linebacker prospects in the nation … team won the 5A Indiana State Championship his senior season … had 95 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and four interceptions in 2011 ... 2011 Associated Press Class 5A All-State … first team all-conference as a junior and senior ... also earned varsity letters in track, running the hurdles and throwing the discus … finished 10th at the state championship in the discus as a junior ... high school football coach was Kevin Wright … had a 4.0 grade-point average in high school ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Given name is James Thomas Herman ... born Dec. 28, 1993 ... majoring in industrial engineering ... parents, Troy and Joanne Herman, are Purdue graduates ... enjoys skiing, bowling and golf.