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Purdue (1-2, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Bowling Green (1-2, 0-0 MAC)
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 / Noon ET / BTN
Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236) / West Lafayette, Ind.
• Purdue hosts Bowling Green for the third time in program history.
• The Boilermakers are 0-2 all-time against the Falcons.
• The matchup marks the fourth year in a row Purdue has faced a team from the Mid-American Conference in the regular season, and the 17th straight year against a MAC foe overall. Purdue is 17-5 against the conference in that span.
• Purdue is 41-11-1 all-time against teams currently in the MAC.
• The Boilermakers are 4-7 all-time in games played on Sept. 26, including four straight losses. The last six games Purdue has played on that date have been against Notre Dame. Purdue is 4-3 at home on that date.
• The game is Hammer Down Cancer day at Ross-Ade Stadium.
• This weekend’s games are the annual Coach to Cure MD games.
• Saturday’s game kicks off at noon. Purdue is 1-0 in noon games this season.
• Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers returns to Purdue where he was an assistant coach from 1991 to 1993. Tom Freeman, the Falcons’ offensive line and tight ends coach, also returns to West Lafayette, Ind., where he was Purdue’s offensive line coach from 1991 to 1996.
• Purdue’s offensive line coach Jim Bridge earned his master’s degree from Bowling Green in 1994 and was the school’s tight ends coach in 2000.
• Purdue tight ends coach Terry Malone was an assistant coach at Bowling Green for 10 years from 1986 to 1995. During his time there, he coached the offensive line and tight ends and was the offensive coordinator.
AGAINST THE MAC
• Purdue is 41-11-1 all-time against teams currently in the Mid-American Conference, though Purdue is 0-2 against Bowling Green.
• Purdue has played a team from the MAC each of the last 16 seasons and is 17-5 against the conference in that span.
• Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell coached MAC member Kent State in 2011 and 2012 and was 2-0 against Bowling Green. Hazell and Kent State defeated the Falcons 27-15 in 2011 and 31-24 in 2012.
CONNECTING THE SCHOOLS
• Bowling Green has six players from the Hoosier State, while Purdue has nine from Ohio.
• Purdue redshirt junior wide receiver Cameron Posey (7 catches, 119 yards, TD) and Bowling Green fifth-year wide receiver Herve Coby both attended American Heritage High School in Delray Beach, Fla.
• Purdue redshirt junior safety Robert Gregory (15 tackles, 1 INT), and Bowling Green redshirt sophomore linebacker Aaron Banks, not to be confused with Purdue reserve quarterback Aaron Banks, both attended Simeon high school in Chicago.
• Purdue sophomore captain linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley (26 tackles, 5.5 TFL) and Bowling Green 5th year wide receiver Ryan Burbrink (16 catches, 186 yards, TD) both attended DeMatha High School in Maryland.
• Purdue offensive line coach Jim Bridge coached the tight ends at Bowling Green in 2000. He earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Bowling Green in 1994.
• Purdue tight ends coach Terry Malone was an assistant coach at Bowling Green for 10 years from 1986 to 1995. During his time, he coached the offensive line and tight ends and was offensive coordinator.
• Purdue’s Director of Sports Medicine Doug Boersma, a 1997 graduate of Purdue, was the head athletic trainer for the football team from 2003 to 2012. He was Bowling Green’s director of sports medicine from 2005 to 2012 and the program’s assistant athletics director for sports performance from 2010 to 2012.
• Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers was an assistant coach at Purdue from 1991 to 1993 and helped coach Brian Alford for a year, who ranks fourth in Purdue history in receiving yards.
• Bowling Green’s offensive line and tight ends coach Tom Freeman was Purdue’s offensive line coach from 1991 to 1996.
FIRST(S) AND 10
• Freshman punter Joe Schopper made his first career start against Virginia Tech and had six punts for 296 yards, a 49.3 yard average, including one inside the 20.
• Danny Ezechukwu had a 90-yard fumble return for a touchdown, which was Purdue’s first since 2011.
• Purdue had 45,759 fans in attendance for last week’s game against Virginia Tech. It was the first time Purdue has had at least that many fans at Ross-Ade Stadium since 2013.
• Gelen Robinson played his first game of the year and had five tackles, including 2.5 for loss.
• Markell Jones had a 60-yard touchdown run last week against Virginia Tech. It was the longest run of his career and Purdue’s first offensive play of 60+ yards this season.
• Da’Wan Hunte had his first sack and forced fumble of his career last week against Virginia Tech.
• Antoine Miles forced the first fumble of his career, which led to Ezechukwu’s touchdown return.
• Ja’Whaun Bentley had his first career game with at least 3.0 tackles for loss last week against Virginia Tech.
• With a sack last Saturday against Virginia Tech, Miles is first on the team in sacks with 4.0 this season.
• Purdue is looking for its first win against Bowling Green.
THIS DATE IN BOILERMAKER HISTORY
• Purdue is 4-7 all-time on Sept. 26, including 4-3 at home.
Sept. 26, 2009 West Lafayette, Ind.
Notre Dame 24, Purdue 21
Sept. 26, 1998 South Bend, Ind.
No. 23 Notre Dame 31, Purdue 30
Sept. 26, 1992 South Bend, Ind.
No. 6 Notre Dame 48, Purdue 0
Sept. 26, 1987 West Lafayette, Ind.
No. 8 Notre Dame 44, Purdue 20
Sept. 26, 1981 West Lafayette, Ind.
Purdue 15, No.13 Notre Dame 14
Sept. 26, 1970 South Bend, Ind.
No. 6 Notre Dame 48, Purdue 0
Sept. 26, 1964 West Lafayette, Ind.
Purdue 17, Ohio 0
Sept. 26, 1953 Columbia, Mo.
Missouri 14, Purdue 7
Sept. 26, 1942 West Lafayette, Ind.
Fordham 14, Purdue 7
Sept. 26, 1936 West Lafayette, Ind.
Purdue 47, Ohio 0
Sept. 26, 1903 West Lafayette, Ind.
Purdue 34, Englewood H.S. 0
• Markell Jones has rushed for 229 yards this season, which ranks sixth among freshmen and 73rd overall.
• Jones averages 7.16 yards per carry this season, which ranks third among freshmen and 22nd overall in the country for backs with at least 10 carries per game.
• Antoine Miles is tied for seventh in the country with 1.33 sacks per game.
• Miles is tied for fourth nationally with four solo sacks this season.
• Miles is tied for second in the country with two forced fumbles.
• Austin Appleby ranks 36th in the country with 20.0 completions per game.
• Appleby is tied for 25th in the country with 42 points responsible for this season.
• Anthony Brown and Leroy Clark are tied for 39th in the country with 1.3 passes defended per game.
• Ja’Whaun Bentley ranks tied for 19th in the country with 1.8 tackles for loss per game.
• Jake Replogle is tied for 27th in the country with 1.7 tackles for loss per game.
• Purdue’s defense is tied for fourth in the country with four fumble recoveries.
• Purdue’s offense is tied for 18th in the country with just 4.0 tackles for loss allowed per game.
• Purdue’s defense is tied for 15th in the country with 3.0 sacks per game.
• Purdue’s defense is third in the country and first in the Big Ten with 10.7 tackles for loss per game and 32 overall.
• Purdue’s defense is tied for 18th in the country with seven takeaways this season.
• Purdue ranks third in the country in fumble return yards with 90, after Danny Ezechukwu’s fumble return touchdown.
• Purdue is one of 21 teams with a fumble return for a touchdown this season.
• Purdue ranks fourth in the Big Ten in total offense with 419.7 yards per game.
• Joe Schopper’s 69-yard punt is the longest in the Big Ten this season and the 11th longest in the country.
• Ja’Whaun Bentley’s 3.0 tackles for loss against Virginia Tech is tied for the second most by a Big Ten player in a single game this season.
• Purdue’s 95 offensive plays at Marshall is the most in a game by a Big Ten team this season.
YOUNG, TALENTED RUNNING BACKS
• Purdue’s top two running backs both recorded their first career carry in the season opener at Marshall.
• D.J. Knox (So.) rushed 22 times for 102 yards and scored the first touchdown of the season for Purdue from four yards out in the first quarter.
• Knox also had six catches to lead the team for 36 yards.
• Knox is the first Boilermaker to rush for 100+ yards in his first career start in a season opener since Raheem Mostert did so last year, and the second since Ralph Bolden’s first start during his sophomore season in 2009.
• Knox is the first Boilermaker to rush for over 100 yards in his first season-opening game carrying the ball for Purdue since Mel Gray rushed for 104 yards against Stanford in 1982.
• Knox is one of seven Big Ten running backs to rush for 100 or more yards in week one.
• Knox followed up the performance with 91 yards on 16 carries against Indiana State.
• Markell Jones (Fr.) had 12 carries for 72 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown in the third quarter at Marshall.
• Jones had 67 yards on 14 carries, including a touchdown, against Indiana State.
• Jones had a 60-yard touchdown run against Virginia Tech, which is Purdue’s longest offensive play this season.
• For his career, Jones has 32 carries and none of them have been for negative yardage.
• Jones finished with a career-high 90 rushing yards against Virginia Tech.
• Jones averages 7.16 yards per carry, which ranks 22nd in the country this season, and third among freshmen.
• Knox led Purdue in receptions at Marshall, while Jones did so against Indiana State.
• Knox and Jones touched the ball a combined 40 times and did not have a single negative play at Marshall.
A WIN WOULD MEAN...
• Purdue improves to 42-11-1 all-time vs. teams currently in the MAC.
• Purdue defeats a team from the MAC for the 13th time in the last 11 seasons (since 2004).
• The Boilermakers move to 2-2 on the season for the second year in a row.
• Purdue wins its 598th game in program history.
• Purdue beats Bowling Green for the first time in program history.
• Purdue improves to 5-7 all-time on Sept. 26 and 5-3 at home on that date.
THE ‘BACKERS ARE BACK
• Purdue returns all three starting linebackers from last season with Ja’Whaun Bentley, Danny Ezechukwu and Jimmy Herman.
• Purdue’s linebacking corps, which comprises 11 individuals, has three juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen.
• Purdue is one of just three schools in the country to return all three linebacker starters and have all three with remaining eligibility after this season (also New Mexico State and UCLA).
• Ja’Whaun Bentley (So. - MLB) was voted as a captain by the team on Aug. 21. He is Purdue’s first sophomore captain since Raheem Mostert in 2012. Bentley is Purdue’s top returning tackler from 2014, after starting all 12 games and amassing 76 tackles, including 3.5 for loss, three fumble recoveries and an interception.
• Bentley was named to ESPN.com’s True Freshman All-America team and USA Today Sports Freshman All-America team.
• Bentley led the team with 10 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, at Marshall.
• Bentley had a career high 3.0 tackles for loss against Virginia Tech and tied his career high with 11 total tackles.
• He leads the team with 26 tackles so far this season, including 5.5 for loss.
• Danny Ezechukwu (So. - OLB) started six games last season as a redshirt freshman. He finished the season with 43 tackles, including 3.0 for loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. Ezechukwu had a career-high 12 tackles at Nebraska a week after racking up 10 at Minnesota. He had 34 tackles over the final five games last season.
• In the season opener at Marshall, Ezechukwu had two tackles, and followed it up with five tackles, including 1.0 for loss, vs. Indiana State.
• Ezechukwu scored his first career touchdown against Virginia Tech on a 90-yard fumble recovery. The play is tied for the second-longest fumble return in program history, and longest since 1966.
• Ezechukwu’s touchdown is the first fumble recovery for a touchdown for Purdue since 2011.
• He finished the Virginia Tech game with five tackles.
• Jimmy Herman (Jr. - OLB) started eight games last season and appeared in 10, missing two with an injury. Herman finished the season with 56 tackles, including 1.5 for loss. He finished with eight tackles in four different games.
• Herman had four tackles, including 0.5 for loss, in the season opener at Marshall.
• Herman had a big game against Indiana State with eight tackles, a career high 2.5 for loss, including 0.5 sacks.
• Herman had four tackles against Virginia Tech.
• Freshman Markus Bailey saw his first action as a Boilermaker and had three tackles and a PBU against Marshall.
• He also had three tackles vs. Indiana State and a career-high six tackles against Virginia Tech.
STARTING UP FRONT
• Purdue returns all five starters on the offensive line, and six guys who started at least seven games up front last season.
• Robert Kugler (Sr. - Center) has 34 consecutive starts heading into Saturday’s game.
• Jordan Roos (Jr. - Right guard) started all 12 games last year and has 21 for his career.
• Jason King (Jr. - Left guard) has started 20 straight games.
• J.J. Prince (Jr. - Tackle) started nine games at left and right tackle last season and has 11 career starts.
• Cameron Cermin (Jr. - Tackle) started eight games at tackle last season and started at right tackle all three games this season.
• David Hedelin (Sr. - Left tackle) started the final seven games of the season last year and started against Marshall and Virginia Tech this year.
• The group helped Purdue increase its rushing total by 91 yards per game from 2013 to 2014.
• The group allowed 14 fewer sacks in 2014 than the offensive line did in 2013.
• The group paved the way for 11 more rushing touchdowns in 2014 than in 2013 - nearly triple the total number.
• Purdue is one of nine schools in the country that returns five starters on the offensive line (also Ball State, Boise State, Bowling Green, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Texas, Washington State).
• Thirty-four other schools return four offensive line starters, including Purdue opponents Indiana and Michigan State.
• The Boilermakers return five starters on the offensive line, and six guys who started at least seven games up front a year ago, for the first time since 1963, when Purdue had 11 different guys start on the line that season, after having 10 in 1962.
• This season, the offensive line has opened holes that have allowed the Boilermakers to rush for 193.0 yards per game. Purdue rushed for 157.2 yards per game in 2014.
• The offensive line has given up just five sacks this season.
• Martesse Patterson (R-Fr. - Left tackle) started his first career game earlier this season against Indiana State.
• Austin Appleby was named the season-opening starting quarterback on Aug. 25, after starting the final seven games of the 2014 season.
• Appleby has appeared in 14 games, including 10 last season. He is 209-388-17 for 2,186 yards and 16 touchdowns.
• This season, Appleby had career highs in completions (31), interceptions (4) and tied his career high with 48 pass attempts at Marshall, and also set career highs in touchdown passes (4) and yards (289) vs. Indiana State.
• Appleby is Purdue’s fifth different opening day starting quarterback in the last five years. No Purdue quarterback has started the season opener in consecutive years since Curtis Painter in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
• Opening day starters:
2015: Austin Appleby
2014: Danny Etling
2013: Rob Henry
2012: Robert Marve
2011: Caleb TerBush
2010: Robert Marve
2009: Joey Elliott
2008: Curtis Painter
• Appleby started his 10th consecutive game last week. Here is a list of recent consecutive starts:
2014-15: Austin Appleby 10*
2013-14: Danny Etling 12
2013: Rob Henry 5
2012: Caleb TerBush 7; Robert Marve 5, 1
2011: Caleb TerBush 13
2010: Robert Marve 4; Rob Henry 3, 2; Sean Robinson 2; Justin Siller 1
2009: Joey Elliott 12
2008: Justin Siller 3; Curtis Painter 1
2005-08: Curtis Painter 40
• Appleby’s first start came on the road at Illinois in 2014. He went 15 for 20 for 202 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 76 yards and two scores.
• By the numbers:
Career high yards: 289 vs. Indiana State
Career high TD passes: 4 vs. Indiana State
Career high attps.: 48 vs. Northwestern; at Marshall
Career high comps.: 31 at Marshall
• Darrell Hazell announced team captains at the team’s Kickoff Luncheon on Aug. 21.
• Hazell named seniors Danny Anthrop, Robert Kugler and Frankie Williams captains, as well as sophomore Ja’Whaun Bentley.
• Kugler earned captain status for the second year in a row.
• Bentley is the youngest captain Hazell has ever had. He is Purdue’s first sophomore captain since Raheem Mostert was the special teams captain as a sophomore in 2012.
• Captains were voted on by the team. The vote was for upperclassmen, though one slot was opened up for a possible write-in. Bentley was written in by the majority of the team.
• A few thousand Purdue fans and 50 members of the All-American Marching Band made the five and a half hour drive to Huntington, W. Va., for the Boilermakers game at Marshall.
• The official attendance for the Sunday game was 38,791, the third-largest crowd in the history of Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
• In Purdue’s home opener against Indiana State, the official attendance was 41,158, then-Purdue’s largest home crowd since Nov. 2, 2013 when the Boilermakers hosted Ohio State.
• The Boilermakers had 9,867 students in attendance at the home opener, the most since Oct. 1, 2011 when Purdue hosted Notre Dame.
• Purdue had 45,759 fans at the Virginia Tech game, its largest crowd since hosting Ohio State in 2013.
FIRST GAME EXPERIENCE
• Robert Gregory, D.J. Knox, Domonique Young, Antoine Miles and Ben Makowski all made their first career start at Marshall.
• Freshmen Markell Jones and Markus Bailey, redshirt freshmen Brandon Roberts, Martesse Patterson, Kirk Barron, Tim Cason, Cole Herdman and Alex Hilger, junior college transfers Anthony Mahoungou and Shayne Henley and junior Langston Newton all saw their first action as Boilermakers.
• Knox had 22 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown, and six catches for 36 yards.
• Jones had 12 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown.
• Young had two catches for 16 yards.
• Gregory had six tackles.
• Miles had three tackles, 1.0 sack and 1.0 tackle for loss.
• Makowski was perfect on two field goal snaps, four extra point snaps and six punt snaps.
• Bailey had three tackles and a pass breakup.
• Roberts had two tackles.
• Patterson and Barron both saw action on the offensive line.
• Herdman had one catch for 11 yards.
• Hilger had one tackle on special teams.
• Mahoungou had four catches for 59 yards.
• Henley had one tackle.
• Newton had one tackles, including 0.5 for loss, and a fumble recovery.
• David Blough, Jarrett Burgess, Matt Burke, Race Johnson, David Rose, Keenan Schon, Joe Schopper, Eric Swingler, Joey Warburg, Eddy Wilson and Bearooz Yacoobi all saw their first career action against Indiana State.
• Blough was 0-1 passing and had one rush for one yard.
• Schopper had three punts for 107 yards, a 35.7 yard average, including one inside the 20.
• Rose and Wilson each broke up a pass, while Johnson and Pulliam both had a tackle.
• Robert Kugler has started 34 straight games at center.
• Anthony Brown has started 25 straight games at cornerback.
• Jason King has started 19 straight games at left guard.
• Ja’Whaun Bentley started all 12 games at linebacker last season as a freshman. He has now started all 15 games of his career.
• Jake Replogle has started 15 straight games at defensive tackle.
• Frankie Williams has started 30 games at cornerback and safety in his career, including 11 each in 2013 and 2014.
• Austin Appleby has started the last 10 games at quarterback.
• David Hedelin started eight straight games at left tackle, before missing the Indiana State game. He now has nine starts after the Virginia Tech game.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE FRESHMAN
• Purdue freshman Jarrett Burgess turned 25 on August 25.
• Burgess played five seasons of minor league baseball after being selected in the sixth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft by the Seattle Mariners.
• Burgess played outfield and pitched, throwing 97 miles per hour off the mound, during his career in rookie and ‘A’ ball.
• Burgess came to Purdue during the summer after not playing organized football for more than 10 years, as he did not play in high school.
• Burgess comes from a football-heavy family, as his dad, Fernanza, was a wide receiver for the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, and his uncle James Burgess, played two seasons as a linebacker for the San Diego Chargers. Jarrett’s cousin, James Jr., is a senior linebacker at Louisville.
• Against Virginia Tech, Burgess had his first career touch with a 29-yard rush, which set up a field goal, to the game at 17.
• Burgess is not the only football player in the country that began their professional career in another sport:
• Hayden Hurst, a 22-year-old freshman tight end for South Carolina played baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization prior to playing for the Gamecocks.
• Morgan James, a 25-year-old freshman offensive lineman for Cincinnati, played minor league hockey prior to joining the Bearcats football team.
• Melvin Ray, a 26-year-old senior wide receiver for Auburn, was a 33rd-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008.
• Tyler Stovall, a 26-year-old sophomore wide receiver and holder for Auburn, was a second-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in the 2008 MLB draft. He also played in the Kansas City Royals system.
• Andy Phillips, a 26-year-old junior kicker at Utah, spent five years after high school competing on the U.S. National Ski Team as an alpine racer.
• Wallace Gonzalez, a 22-year-old redshirt freshman tight end at Utah, spent three seasons in the Houston Astros’ organization after being selected in the 29th round of the 2011 MLB draft.
• Purdue has three players on watch lists to start the season.
• Paul Griggs, a senior kicker, has been named to the Lou Groza Award Watch List a year after making 16 of 20 field goals, including 3-for-3 from 50+ yards.
• Robert Kugler, a junior center, has been named to the Rimington Award Watch List after starting the last 31 games.
• Cameron Cermin, a junior tackle, has been named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List for the top offensive player from Texas who has overcome adversity, especially injury.
MOVING UP PURDUE’S RANKINGS
• Austin Appleby moved into the top 20 for career touchdown passes with 16. He is tied at No. 20 with Danny Etling.
• Appleby has moved into 14th for career completion percentage with a minimum of 300 attempts. Appleby has completed 53.9 percent of his passes (209-388).
• Appleby’s 209 career completions move him into 19th on the Purdue charts. He is 29 shy of Danny Etling, who is in 18th.
• Paul Griggs climbed into the top 20 at 17th in total points scored. Griggs now has 168 for his career. He is two points shy of 16th, six shy of 14th and eight shy of 13th.
STARTERS FROM NEAR AND FAR
• Purdue’s projected offensive starters are from seven different states and one foreign country, while no state is represented more than twice.
• The defensive starters are from six different states.
• The specialists, long snapper, kicker and punter, are from two different states.
• In all, Purdue’s 26 starters are from 12 different states and one foreign country.
FIRST TIME STARTERS
• Purdue had five first time starters at Marshall:
Domonique Young (Jr., WR)
Ben Makowski (Fr., LS)
D.J. Knox (So., RB)
Antoine Miles (So., RE)
Robert Gregory (Jr., FS)
• Last season, the Boilermakers had six first time starters for the season opener, with two on offense and four on defense.
• In 2013, the first year of the Darrell Hazell head coaching era, the Boilermakers had five first time starters.
• Jordan Jurasevich (Sr., TE) started the first game of his career against Virginia Tech.
• Martesse Patterson (R-Fr., OL) started his first career game at left tackle against Indiana State.
• Joe Schopper (Fr., K-P) started the first game of his career at punter against Virginia Tech. He had six punts for 296 yards, an average of 49.3 yards, including the longest punt in the Big Ten this season, a 69-yarder into the wind, which ended at the 2-yardline.
• The football team brings back the 211 Session for the third straight year.
• The 211 session is a major pep rally hosted inside Mackey Arena before all home games.
• The event begins two hours and 11 minutes prior to kickoff and features the “All-American” Marching Band, head coach Darrell Hazell, the team, cheerleaders and Purdue Pete.
• The event is designed for fans to have a personal connection with the team and create tremendous excitement heading into the game.
• The session is named such because at 211° water is hot, but at 212° water boils and produces steam, which can power an engine. The excitement from the event will help the atmosphere “rise one degree” and make Ross-Ade Stadium, nicknamed “The Furnace,” a difficult place for opponents to play.
• The 21st-ranked Boilermakers celebrated Homecoming with a 38-24 win over Minnesota to open Big Ten Conference play Sept. 23 at Ross-Ade Stadium.
• Drew Brees set Big Ten career records for completions and attempts.
• He also passed Mark Herrmann for the school record with his 72nd career touchdown pass – a 21-yarder to Vinny Sutherland in the first quarter.
• Brees completed 33 of 49 passes for 409 yards and two touchdowns to go with a team-leading 88 yards rushing and a touchdown.
• Purdue fans have a one-spot stop for all information regarding activities on campus during game week.
• Fans can access “Boilermaker Depot” by visiting BoilermakerDepot.com.
• Purdue football’s version of Anthropology focuses on senior wide receiver Danny Anthrop.
• Anthrop led Purdue in receiving seven straight games last season, including the Nebraska game, where he incurred a season-ending injury.
• Anthrop had two 100-yard receiving games, and a third with 99 reception yards: Southern Illinois (106), Michigan State (133) and Illinois (99).
• Anthrop also finished the 2013 season on a high with 151 receiving yards and a touchdown on five catches.
• Anthrop seemed to be the piece that kept Purdue’s offense going, as in the eight games he was fully healthy, the Boilermakers averaged 28.3 points per game. In the other four, including at Nebraska where he was injured, Purdue averaged just 15.0 points per game.
• Anthrop surpassed 1,000 for his career last week against Virginia Tech.
• For his career, Anthrop, from West Lafayette, Ind., has 67 catches for 1,038 yards and seven touchdowns.
COACHES TO CURE MD
• The AFCA will hold its eighth annual Coach to Cure MD effort with the games of September 26.
• More than 100 FBS schools will be wearing a Coach to Cure MD patch to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research.
• The Purdue and Bowling Green coaching staffs will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches this week to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research.
• Fans are encouraged to donate online at www.CoachtoCureMD.org or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.
QUARTERBACKS ON THE FIELD
• The Boilermakers played three different players that were recruiting to Purdue as quarterbacks in 2012.
• Robert Gregory, listed as the starting free safety on the depth chart, came to Purdue in 2012 as a dual-threat quarterback. That fall, he volunteered to switch positions to running back. Gregory was a reserve running back in 2013, before switching to safety in spring before the 2014 season. Gregory won the Hammer Award, given to the player who is the most outstanding hitter during spring practice, in 2014 and 2015. He made his first career start at safety at Marshall and had six tackles. Gregory recorded his first interception against Indiana State and finished the game with three tackles.
• Bilal Marshall came to Purdue in the same recruiting class as Gregory. He switched to wide receiver after one season as a reserve quarterback. Marshall has shown promise through fall and spring practices, including being named the offense’s Most Improved Player during this year’s spring ball. He played, though did not record any stats at Marshall. Against Indiana State, Marshall caught his first career pass for nine yards, which set up a Purdue touchdown.
• Austin Appleby was also a member of the 2012 quarterback recruiting class. He stuck with the position and made his 10th straight start for Purdue.