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Vinny Sutherland
Vinny Sutherland

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
West Palm Beach, Fla.

High School:
Palm Beach Lakes

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 194

Position:
Wide Receiver

Birthdate:
04/22/1978



Career: Purdue?s career leader with average of 12.2 yards per punt return ? ranks second on punt return yards list with 525 and tied for eighth with 12 receiving touchdowns.

1999: Honorable mention All-Big Ten by media ? started all 12 games ? ranked second on team with 698 receiving yards and fourth with 39 receptions (17.9 average) ? tied for team lead with seven touchdown receptions (also Chris Daniels) ? ranked seventh in Big Ten with 58.2 receiving yards per game ? led Big Ten with school-record average of 16.4 yards per punt return ? averaged 17.4 yards per punt return during regular season to rank third nationally ? had school-record two punt returns for touchdowns (64 yards against Central Michigan on Sept. 18 and 66 yards at Indiana on Nov. 20) ? had 18 rushes for 163 yards (9.1 average) ? broke 51-year-old school records with 142 yards in punt returns and 28.4-yard average against Central Michigan en route to being named Big Ten Special Teams Player-of-the-Week ? also had seven catches for 134 yards in that game ? had four catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns, including school-record 99-yard touchdown reception from Drew Brees, against Northwestern on Sept. 25? matched career-high of two touchdown receptions against Northwestern ? threw 12-yard touchdown pass to Drew Brees at Ohio State on Oct. 2 ? had career highs of 10 catches for 152 yards against Penn State on Oct. 23 ? received Purdue?s Pop Doan Award for special teams (top performance in Indiana game) ? caught two passes for 58 yards with one touchdown and rushed twice for 65 yards (including career-long 44-yard rush) against Georgia in Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.

1998: Played in all 13 games, starting one ... had 31 receptions for 301 yards with three touchdowns ... had nine rushes for 58 yards ... had 10 punt returns for 82 yards ... had 10-yard touchdown catch against Minnesota on Oct. 3 ... caught career-high two touchdown passes and downed two punts inside Indiana?s 5-yard line on Nov. 21 to earn Big Ten Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors and Purdue?s Pop Doan Award for special teams ... had three receptions for 53 yards in Alamo Bowl against Kansas State on Dec. 29 ... received Purdue?s Most Improved Offensive Player Award for 1999 spring practice.

1997: Second team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News ... played in all 12 games and started three times (at Illinois on Oct. 25, against Penn State on Nov. 15 and against Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl) ... ranked third on team with 34 receptions for 357 yards with two touchdowns ... twice had eight catches in game (against Notre Dame on Sept. 13 and against Ball State on Sept. 20) ... had career-high 100 receiving yards against Notre Dame ... specialized in bubble screen pass ... had 13 rushing attempts (usually bubble screen that resulted in an official lateral) for 111 yards (fourth on team) with two touchdowns ... ranked sixth in Big Ten with 9.8-yard punt return average ... had one kickoff return for 19 yards ... threw two passes on reverses, completing one for 20 yards.

High School: Named Class 6A (big schools) second team all-state, first team all-area and made Florida?s Super 11 Team ... averaged better than 34 yards per touch of the ball his senior campaign and finished with 500 yards rushing on 53 carries (9.4 average) and 600 yards on 29 receptions (20.7 average) ... scored 14 touchdowns as squad finished 9-3, won district championship and advanced to quarterfinals of state playoffs ... team?s only two-way starter (also defensive back) his last two seasons.

Personal: Given name is Vincent Joseph Sutherland ... born April 22, 1978 ... organizational leadership and supervision major ... also runs track for Purdue .. placed second in the 60-meter dash at the 1999 Big Ten Indoor Championships and eighth in the 100-meter dash at the 1999 Big Ten Outdoor Championships.

Sutherland?s Purdue Statistics

Receiving
Year	No.	Yds.	Avg.	TD	Lg.
1997	34	357	10.5	2	38
1998	31	301	9.7	3	30
1999	39	698	17.9	7	99
Totals	104	1356	13.0	12	99

Rushing Year Att. Yds. Avg. TD Lg. 1997 13 111 8.5 2 22 1998 9 58 6.4 0 21 1999 18 163 9.1 0 44 Totals 40 332 8.3 2 44

Punt Returns Year Att. Yds. Avg. TD Lg. 1997 15 147 9.8 0 23 1998 10 82 8.2 0 21 1999 18 296 16.4 2 66 Totals 43 525 12.2 2 66

Kickoff Returns Year Att. Yds. Avg. TD Lg. 1997 1 19 19.0 0 19 1998 0 0 ? 0 0 1999 1 13 13.0 0 13 Totals 2 32 16.0 0 19