Jan. 8, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A pair of Boilermaker seniors have accepted invitations to participate in postseason showcase games. Cornerback Josh Johnson will take part in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 19, while running back Akeem Shavers will represent his native Lone Star State in the Texas vs. The Nation game in Allen, Texas, on Feb. 2.
Johnson, a three-year starter for the Boilermakers out of Dade City, Fla., recently wrapped up his collegiate career with a 2012 season that saw him finish third for Purdue with 65 total tackles, including 59 solo stops and three for losses. He added a team-high 16 passes broken up, three fumbles forced, one recovered and three interceptions, one of which he returned 74 yards for a touchdown against Marshall on Sept. 29. Appearing in 49 career games over four seasons, Johnson started 36 consecutive games over the last three years. He ended his career with 186 total tackles, seven fumbles forced, two recovered, six interceptions and 31 PBUs, which places him fifth all-time at Purdue.
Shavers, who transferred to Purdue from Tyler Junior College prior to the start of the 2011 season, enjoyed a productive two-year stint in West Lafayette. The Texarkana, Texas, native rushed for 1,415 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns on 292 carries (4.8 ypc) with the Boilermakers. He also caught 23 career passes for 428 yards and four scores. As a senior in 2012, he led Purdue with 896 yards rushing on 181 carries with six touchdowns and finished with 18 receptions for 370 yards and three additional scores through the air. He was named the 2011 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl MVP after gaining 149 yards on 22 carries in Purdue's 37-32 win over Western Michigan.
Johnson is 80th Boilermaker to play in the East-West Shrine Game dating back to 1930 and the first since current Chicago Bears tight end Kyle Adams following the 2010 season. Shavers is the second Boilermaker to play in the Texas vs. the Nation game following Curtis Painter's 2009 appearance.