Aug. 24, 1998
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue football coach Joe Tiller has announced that team co-captains have been selected and that two former walkon players have been put on scholarship. Seniors Isaac Jones (Wallingford, Pa., Strath Haven H.S.) and Rosevelt Colvin (Indianapolis, Ind., Broad Ripple H.S.) were voted squad captains by their teammates, and seniors Tarah Graham (Wentzville, Mo., H.S.) and Todd Stelma (Goshen, Ind., H.S.) now are on scholarship, based on their hard work and success over the past year.
Jones, a wide receiver, is the Boilermakers' leading returning pass receiver in 1998. He caught 41 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns last year, when Purdue led the Big Ten in passing and total offense. Jones has career totals of 71 receptions for 864 yards and five TD's.
Colvin, a preseason All-America defensive end, is a third-year starter who was second team All-Big Ten in 1997. He also served as a team captain last year while ranking fourth in the league with 12.5 quarterbacks sacks (just shy of the school single-season record of 13) for 77 yards in losses, and fourth with 22 overall stops (fourth-best in school records) for 100 yards in losses. Colvin, who had 71 total stops in 1997, has 123 career tackles, including 40 for 163 yards in losses.
Graham, a running back, made a big splash in a reserve role in five games last fall. He rushed for 55 yards and one TD on only five carries (11 yards per attempt). Graham finished the scoring in a 56-7 Purdue victory at Indiana with a 49-yard TD scamper.
Stelma, a defensive back, was Academic All-Big Ten in 1997. He played as a reserve and on special teams in all 12 games, and had five tackles. Stelma currently is listed as the No. 2 strong safety on the depth chart.
Purdue opens its season in the ninth annual Pigskin Classic this Sunday, Aug. 30, at 11:30 a.m. PDT against Southern California. The game, which is the Boilers' earliest ever, will be televised live nationally by ABC Sports from The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.