Nov. 19, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Nine Purdue football players have earned All-Big Ten honors for the 2007 season, as voted by the conference coaches and media and announced tonight on the Big Ten Network.
Four Boilermakers earned second team recognition: senior defensive end Cliff Avril (coaches), senior wide receiver Dorien Bryant (coaches and media), fifth-year tight end Dustin Keller (coaches and media) and fifth-year cornerback Terrell Vinson (media).
Avril shares the Big Ten lead with three fumbles recovered, is tied for second with four forced fumbles and tied for ninth with 1.21 tackles for loss per game. Bryant leads the conference (for the third consecutive season) with 6.8 receptions per game and an average of 28.5 yards per kickoff return, ranks second with 163.0 all-purpose yards per game and is seventh with 72.6 receiving yards per game. Keller ranks ninth in the Big Ten (second among tight ends) with 5.1 receptions per game and 10th with 60.9 receiving yards per game. Vinson is tied for second in the conference with 1.33 passes defended per game and tied for third with five interceptions.
Earlier tonight, Keller was named Most Valuable Player of the 2007 Purdue football team, and he has been selected one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, given to the collegiate tight end who best exemplifies the play, sportsmanship, academics and community values of NFL Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey.
Honorable mention laurels went to Avril (media), offensive guard Jordan Grimes (media), linebacker Anthony Heygood (coaches), quarterback Curtis Painter (coaches and media), center Robbie Powell (media), offensive tackle Sean Sester (coaches and media), and Vinson (coaches).
In addition, running back Jaycen Taylor was selected as Purdue's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
The Boilermakers have a 7-5 overall record and are waiting to learn if they will be invited to a bowl game. If selected, Purdue would make its 10th bowl appearance in 11 seasons under head coach Joe Tiller and the 15th in school history.