July 10, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Big Ten Conference announced that seniors Ricardo Allen, Bruce Gaston and Gabe Holmes will represent Purdue at the 2013 Big Ten Media Day. The trio will join head coach Darrell Hazell in Chicago on July 24-25.
Allen, a cornerback from Daytona Beach, Fla., owns the Purdue career record with four interceptions returned for touchdowns. A three-year starter for the Boilermakers, Allen has recorded 200 career tackles, including 161 solo stops, with 10.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. He has picked off seven career passes and broken up 11 others. He is a three-time second team All-Big Ten selection.
Gaston, a defensive tackle from Chicago, is also a three-year starter for the Boilermakers. He enters his final season at Purdue with 84 career tackles, including 17.0 for loss with four sacks. He has also forced two fumbles, recovered three and blocked an extra point that led to an overtime victory over Ohio State in 2011.
Holmes, a tight end from Miramar, Fla., was recently named to the watch list for the 2013 John Mackey Award. He is coming off a 2012 season that saw him finish with a career-high 25 receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns. In 35 career games, Holmes has 37 receptions for 305 yards and three scores.