Twenty-one captains expected back.
Quarterback Robert Mavre finished 21 of 34 for 212 yards and two touchdowns
Led by a group of 20 seniors, Purdue won its last three games and was invited to the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
A recap of one of the most exciting weeks in Boilermaker Football history.
Purdue vs. OSU
AP Photos: Football vs. Indiana
Purdue vs. Minnesota - AP Photo Gallery
AP Photos: Purdue vs. Michigan
AP Photos: Purdue vs. Eastern Michigan
2011: Mid-year signee, enrolled at Purdue in January ... appeared in 12 games, making two starts ... second for Purdue with 519 yards rushing and six touchdowns on 111 carries ... caught five passes for 58 yards and a touchdown ... rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown on seven carries against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 3 ... rushed 11 times for 69 yards and had one catch for seven yards at Rice on Sept. 10 ... scored a pair of touchdowns and had 75 yards on 11 carries against Southeast Missouri on Sept. 17 ... rushed for four yards on five carries and had one reception for seven yards against Notre Dame on Oct. 1 ... had 10 carries for 54 yards with a touchdown and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass against Minnesota on Oct. 8 ... had 54 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries at Penn State on Oct. 15 ... rushed eight times for 29 yards against Illinois on Oct. 22 ... had one carry for three yards at Michigan on Oct. 29 ... finished with seven carries for 10 yards at Wisconsin on Nov. 5 ... had nine carries for 19 yards and a touchdown against Ohio State on Nov. 12 ... finished with 13 yards on seven carries against Iowa on Nov. 19 ... was named the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl MVP after rushing for a career-high 149 yards on 22 carries against Western Michigan on Dec. 27.
Tyler J.C.: Rushed for 450 yards on just 50 carries with three touchdowns in 2010 ... averaged 9.0 yards per carry in 2010 ... had 210 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown run, on only 16 carries (13.1) in a game against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College ... 2010 second team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference ... coach at Tyler was Danny Palmer.
High School: Finished with 1,100 yards rushing, 300 yards receiving and 18 touchdowns as a senior ... rushed for 331 yards on 17 carries (19.5 average) in a game at Redwater High School senior year ... all-district as senior ... finished with 40 receptions for 395 yards as a junior ... two-time team offensive MVP.
Personal: Given name is Akeem Arta Shavers ... born Jan. 8, 1990 ... majoring in business management.