Feb. 28, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The NCAA has denied Purdue wide receiver Keith Smith's request for a sixth year of eligibility.
"The entire Purdue football family is very disappointed for Keith," head coach Danny Hope said. "We're not only losing one of the top wide receivers in the Big Ten, but one of the top leaders on our team. We will do everything we can to help Keith continue his football career and get his Purdue degree."
The Fort Hood, Texas, native was seeking an additional year with the Boilermakers after missing all of the 2007 season, his second year at Purdue, and being limited to just two games in 2010 after tearing his medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in the fourth quarter of Purdue's 31-21 win over Western Illinois on Sept. 11.
"I just want to say thank you to all of the Purdue fans that have made my college career so much more enjoyable," Smith said. "I'm disappointed that I won't be in Ross-Ade Stadium playing in front you on Saturdays, but my time as a Boilermaker has left me with a lot of great memories."
Smith led the Big Ten Conference in receptions (91) and receiving yards (1,100) as a junior in 2009, and entered the 2010 season as one of the top players at his position in the league. Before the knee injury cut short his fifth year, he hauled in 18 passes for 123 yards in only a little more than seven quarters played.
Smith, who was recruited as a quarterback and played one season at safety for Purdue, finished his career in West Lafayette with 1,709 yards receiving and eight touchdowns on 158 receptions. He will graduate from Purdue in May with a degree in law and society.