Purdue travels to East Lansing for the third time in four meetings
News and notes on Purdue Athletics
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
2014: Academic All-Big Ten ... Academic All-District 5 ... team captain ... started all 12 games at center.
2013: Team offensive MVP … Academic All-Big Ten … started all 12 games at center.
2012: Academic All-Big Ten … appeared in all 13 games, starting the final seven … moved from tight end to center in spring drills.
2011: Did not play.
High School: Listed as the No. 9 tight end in the nation and a four-star prospect by Scout.com … ranked as the No. 21 tight end nationally by ESPN.com … rated as the No. 28 player in Pennsylvania by Rivals.com … named the 2010 PIAA Class AAAA Pennsylvania Player of the Year by the Associated Press … caught two passes for 15 yards (7.5 average) as a senior at North Allegheny High School … also played defensive end, racking up 67 tackles, including 37 solo stops, and 7.0 sacks … had an interception, three passes defended and recovered a fumble … named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 team and was first team PIAA Class AAAA All-State selection … 2010 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 … 2010 Pennsylvania Football News AAAA All-State at tight end … Pennsylvania Sports Writers first team All-State selection … transferred to North Allegheny from Orchard Park (N.Y.) High School where he helped guide the school to a 31-3 record over three years and the 2008 NYS Class AA state title … finished junior season at Orchard Park with 15 receptions at tight end and 81 tackles, 5.0 sacks and three forced fumbles playing defensive end … named to the 2009 All-Western New York Football Team by The Buffalo News … coach was Art Walker at North Allegheny and Gene Tundo at Orchard Park.
Personal: Given name is Robert Anthony Kugler … born Dec. 11, 1992 … double major in political science and history who graduated in May of 2015 … father, Sean, is the head coach at UTEP.