Jan. 13, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Boilermaker defenders Mike Neal and David Pender have been invited to participate in the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine to be held Feb. 24-March 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Neal, who started 23 games for Purdue at defensive tackle, wrapped up his four-year career with 99 total tackles in 46 games played. The Merrillville, Ind., native recorded 26 career tackles for loss, including 13 sacks, to tie him with Gary Hrivnak (1970-72) and Landon Johnson (2000-03) for 21st on the Purdue record list.
Neal posted career numbers in unassisted tackles (20), total tackles (35), tackles for loss (11.5) and fumbles forced (2) in 2009.
Pender, a three-year starter at cornerback, wrapped up his Boilermaker career with the second most pass breakups in school history. His 33 PBUs from 2006-09 fell just two shy of Steve Jackson's school-record 35 set from 1987-90.
The Folkston, Ga., native moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and remained there for the final 31 games of his career. He ended his tenure in the Boilermaker secondary with 129 total tackles and three interceptions. His pick of Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen in the Purdue end zone on Sept. 19 this past season was the first interception of the year thrown by the Irish signal caller and only one of four thrown by him all season.