2002: Received teams Hammer Award (outstanding hitter) for spring season
first team All-Big Ten by media and second team by coaches
Connecticut Player of the Year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation ... started all 13 games at middle linebacker after moving from strongside during spring
topped team with 121 tackles (80 solo, 41 assists), 11 1/2 tackles for loss and three interceptions (tied with Jacques Reeves)
ranked sixth in Big Ten with average of 9.3 tackles per game
second on team with eight pass breakups
tied for third with four sacks
reached double figures in tackles in six games (with nine in two additional contests)
came up with career-high two pass breakups vs. Illinois State on Aug. 31
had 11 tackles (7 solo, 4 assists) at Notre Dame on Sept. 7
finished with 13 tackles (9 solo, 4 assists) at Iowa on Oct. 5
posted career-high 14 tackles (12 solo, 2 assists), including a sack, at Illinois on Oct. 12
finished with 13 tackles (7 solo, 6 assists) and first career interception vs. Ohio State on Nov. 9
equaled career high of two pass breakups and had an interception at Michigan State on Nov. 16 ... came up with interception vs. Washington in Sun Bowl on Dec. 31.
2001: Appeared in all 12 games, including six starts
tied for Big Ten lead with four fumble recoveries (also teammate Shaun Phillips and Ohio States Mike Doss)
tied for fifth in conference with three fumbles forced
tied for fifth on team with four pass breakups
ranked sixth with 63 tackles (37 solo, 26 assists), including five for loss
had four solo tackles vs. Akron on Sept. 22
made first career start vs. Iowa on Oct. 6 and recorded four tackles (3 solo, 1 assist), a forced fumble and a pass breakup
recovered two fumbles at Michigan on Oct. 13
finished with 11 tackles (6 solo, 5 assists), including two for loss, and recovered fumble at Ohio State on Nov. 10
started last five games, including last four following injury to Gilbert Gardner
had six tackles (2 solo, 4 assists) and a forced fumble vs. Michigan State on Nov. 17
received teams Pop Doan Award for defense after totaling season-high 12 tackles (8 solo, 4 assists), including two for loss, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery at Indiana on Nov. 24 ... had team-leading 11 tackles (4 solo, 7 assists), including one for loss, vs. Washington State in Sun Bowl on Dec. 31.
2000: Began his Purdue career with the start of the 2000 spring semester
appeared in all 12 games as reserve and on special teams
had 11 tackles (6 solo, 5 assists), including one for loss, and one pass breakup
recorded season-high three tackles vs. Kent State on Sept. 9.
High School: Attended Milford Academy, a postgraduate school, and topped team in sacks and ranked second in tackles in 1999
coach was Bill Chaplick
earned honorable mention all-state and all-conference honors at Plainville High School
team captain and Most Valuable Player.
Personal: Given name is Niko Stelios Koutouvides
born March 25, 1981
organizational leadership and supervision major
enjoys fishing and playing all sports
older brother, Daki, is a senior defensive back at Merrimack College.