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Nov. 23, 2015


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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
Purdue (2-9, 1-6 B1G) vs. Indiana (5-6, 1-6 B1G)
Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 / Noon ET / BTN
Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236) / West Lafayette, Indiana

THE GAME

• The Boilermakers host Indiana for the 118th meeting between the schools. It is the 63rd time the teams will play in West Lafayette and 44th in Ross-Ade Stadium.
• Purdue and Indiana battle for the Old Oaken Bucket and have done so since Nov. 21, 1925.
• Purdue leads the Bucket Series 58-29-3, and 28-14-2 in games played in West Lafayette.
• Purdue and Indiana began their series in 1891, with Purdue winning the first game 60-0. The rivalry has continued every year, except for 1895, 1896, 1903, 1906, 1907, 1918 and 1919.
• Saturday is senior day at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Boilermakers will honor 15 senior student-athletes who will play their final game in the Old Gold and Black.
• If Austin Appleby starts Saturday, due to an injury to David Blough at Iowa, he would be the first Purdue quarterback to start back-to-back Bucket games since Curtis Painter in 2007 and 2008.
• The Boilermakers look to end an Indiana two-game series winning streak for the sixth straight time.
• Purdue has won seven of the last eight meetings between the teams in Ross-Ade Stadium.
• Purdue will play its ninth noon game of the season, while Indiana is playing its third.
• Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell is looking for his first Bucket win.
• The Bucket game is the second trophy game of the season for the Boilermakers. Earlier this season, Purdue hosted Illinois for The Cannon.
• Saturday’s game is the latest home game at Ross-Ade Stadium since the Boilermakers hosted Notre Dame on Dec. 1, 2001.

THIS DATE IN BOILERMAKER HISTORY
• Purdue is 2-1 all-time on Nov. 28.
• The Boilermakers have not played a game on that date since 1931, when Purdue defeated Northwestern at Soldier Field 7-0. Purdue was a Big Ten tri-champion that season.
• The 1931 contest was a “postseason” game played for charity as the United States was in the throes of the Great Depression. The game was played before 40,000 fans at Soldier Field in Chicago, and the Boilermakers won on an 11-yard touchdown run by halfback Jim Purvis that was set up by a 40-yard interception return by Fred Hecker. The 1931 team later was tabbed co-national champions by noted college football historian Parke Davis.
• Purdue also played Northwestern on Nov. 28 in 1901, a 10-5 loss.
• The first game on that date was in 1895, when the Boilermakers defeated Illinois 6-2.

CONNECTING THE SCHOOLS
• Purdue redshirt freshman cornerback Antonio Blackmon, junior safety Evan Feichter and junior wide receiver Keenan Schon went to Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as did Indiana freshman quarterback Mike Fiacable and redshirt freshman defender Ryan Watercutter.
• Purdue sophomore linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley and Indiana freshman cornerback Tyler Green both attended DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Maryland.
• Purdue junior linebacker Jimmy Herman, freshman punter Jake Herr and sophomore cornerback Race Johnson attended Carmel (Ind.) High School, as did as Indiana sophomore wide receiver Danny Dunn, junior defensive tackle Shawn Heffern and freshman wide receiver Isaac James.
• Purdue freshman linebacker Tim Faison and Indiana sophomore safety Tony Fields both attended Amos P. Godby High School in Tallahassee, Florida.
• Purdue freshman running back Markell Jones and Indiana junior running back Andrew Wilson both attended Columbus (Ind.) East High School.
• Purdue freshman quarterback Aaron Banks and Indiana senior punter Erich Toth both attended Brebeuf Jesuit High School in Indianapolis.
• Purdue sophomore running back Keith Byars II and Indiana sophomore tight end Jordan Fuchs and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Tim Gardner all attended Milford Academy in New Berlin, New York.
• Purdue freshman wide receiver Malcolm Dotson, junior linebacker Evan Pulliam and freshman punter Joe Schopper attended Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, as did Indiana junior offensive lineman Jacob Bailey, senior tight end Anthony Corsaro and redshirt freshman linebacker Kyle Loechel.
• Purdue redshirt freshman safety Jacob Thieneman and Indiana junior wide receiver Mitchell Paige both attended Guerin Catholic High School in Noblesville, Indiana.
• Purdue redshirt freshman Lane Beeler running back and Indiana redshirt freshman kicker Jake Shake both attended McCutcheon High School in Lafayette, Indiana.
• Purdue junior defensive tackle Jake Replogle is the younger brother of Tyler, Mike and Adam, all of whom played football at Indiana.

SERIES INFORMATION
• Series record: Purdue leads 72-39-6 (First meeting: 1891 / Last meeting: 2014)
• Purdue points: 2,610
• Indiana points: 1,671
• Series record in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 37-21-4
• In Ross-Ade Stadium: Purdue leads 28-13-2
• Series record in Bloomington: Purdue leads 33-18-2
• In Memorial Stadium: Purdue leads 17-11
• Games decided by 3 points or less: Indiana leads 11-10
• Games decided by 7 points or less: Purdue leads 23-21
• Longest Purdue win streak: 10 (1948-57)
• Longest Indiana win streak: 4 (1944-47)
• Current streak: Indiana 2
• Largest Purdue victory: 68-0 in 1892
• Largest Indiana victory: 52-7 in 1988
• Last Purdue home victory: 2012
• Last Purdue road victory: 2011
• Last Indiana home victory: 2014
• Last Indiana road victory: 2010

FIRST(S) AND 10
• In his first 152 career carries, Markell Jones has lost just five yards (784 yards gained, 5 yards lost, 779 yards net). The five lost yards ranks first in FBS for running backs with at least 150 carries, and second for running backs with at least 100 rushes.
Shane Mikesky caught his first career touchdown pass last week at Iowa.
• If Austin Appleby starts at quarterback this week, he will be Purdue’s first quarterback to start back-to-back Bucket games since Curtis Painter in 2007 and 2008.
DeAngelo Yancey had 117 receiving yards last week at Iowa, which ranks first among all Purdue receiving performances this season.
Paul Griggs knocked down two field goals at Iowa, his first two makes of the Big Ten season.
• Purdue’s Nov. 28 home game is Purdue’s first one on that date or later since 2001 when the Boilermakers hosted Notre Dame on Dec. 1.
Jake Replogle picked up his first sack of the season last week at Iowa. He finished the game with two blocks
• Purdue’s defense had a fumble recovery at Iowa, the first the Hawkeyes had given up since Oct. 3.
• Purdue now has 20 takeaways on the season, which ranks first among Darrell Hazell’s teams at Purdue.
Jimmy Herman forced his first fumble, while Ryan Watson recovered his first last week at Iowa.

FIRST OFFENSIVE PLAY TOUCHDOWNS
• Purdue scored a touchdown on its first offensive play from scrimmage against Northwestern.
• It marked the first time since 2012 at Ohio State that the Boilermakers scored on their first offensive play of the game.
• Purdue is one of nine teams in FBS this season to score a touchdown on a team’s first offensive play of the game.
• Nov. 21 – Colorado State: Deionte Gaines rushed for 30-yard touchdown at New Mexico.
• Nov. 20 - Boise State: Jeremy McNichols rushed for 83-yard touchdown vs. Air Force.
• Nov. 14 - Purdue: David Blough 68-yard touchdown pass to Domonique Young at Northwestern.
• Nov. 7 – North Carolina: Marquise Williams 89-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Switzer vs. Duke.
• Nov. 7 – Texas: Jerrod Heard 84-yard touchdown pass to John Burt vs. Kansas.
• Oct. 16 – Houston: Greg Ward Jr. 49-yard touchdown pass to Chance Allen vs. Tulane.
• Oct. 10 – TCU: Aaron Green rushed for 86-yard touchdown at Kansas State.
• Sept. 5 - Kentucky: Stanley “Boom” Williams rushed for 75-yard touchdown vs. UL Lafayette.
• Sept. 4 – SMU: Matt Davis 46-yard touchdown pass to Courtland Sutton vs. Baylor.

SENIOR SALUTE
• Today is Senior Day, and 15 senior players will be honored during pregame festivities: Danny Anthrop, John Bednar, Anthony Brown, Stefan Certa, Corey Clements, Grant Ellington, Paul Griggs, David Hedelin, Jordan Jurasevich, Robert Kugler, Thomas Meadows, Shane Mikesky, Michael Rouse III, Ryan Watson and Frankie Williams.
• Also being recognized is student manager Nick Faurote and student athletic trainers Grace Connell and Tanner Maksymicz.

David Blough
David Blough was named the starter on Tuesday, Sept. 22, prior to Purdue’s game against Bowling Green.
• Blough is Purdue’s 10th different starting quarterback since the 2008 season.
• Blough was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 2, after completing 28 of 43 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns, against zero interceptions, and added 82 yards and a touchdown on the ground against Nebraska.
• Blough was also named one of eight Manning Stars of the Week, which recognizes eight quarterbacks for their performances each week, after that game.
• Blough’s five touchdowns accounted for is the most by a Boilermaker since Curtis Painter against Indiana in 2008.
• Blough picked up his first win as a starting quarterback against Nebraska.
• Blough completed 29 passes against Illinois, the third time he has completed at least 28 in a game this season. He is the first Purdue quarterback to have three 28+ completion games in a season since Curtis Painter in 2007.
• Blough connected with DeAngelo Yancey for an 83-yard touchdown against Nebraska, Purdue’s longest play of the season and the longest pass by a Big Ten quarterback this season.
• In his first start, against Bowling Green, Blough was 29-39 for 340 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception, which came with three seconds left.
• Blough is one of just three freshmen in school history to throw for 300+ yards in his first career start.
• Blough is the first quarterback, and freshman, at Purdue to throw for at least 300 yards since Danny Etling at Indiana in 2013.
• Blough is Purdue’s first quarterback to complete 74 percent or more of his passes (with multiple attempts) since Austin Appleby did so against Illinois in his first career start last season (15-20, 75 percent).
• Blough scored his first career rushing touchdown against Bowling Green. He snuck it in from one yard out on fourth down to tie the score at 7.
• Blough accounted for 351 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start.
• Blough is the 20th quarterback in Purdue history to have a 300+ yard passing game.
• Blough’s 340 passing yards rank fifth-most in a single game by a Purdue freshman.
• Blough’s 340-yard passing effort was the 52nd time in program history a Purdue quarterback has thrown for at least as many yards.
• Blough threw or rushed for at least one touchdown his first seven starts.
• Blough has three touchdown passes of 60+ yards this season, the only quarterback in the Big Ten with more than one.
• Blough made his eighth consecutive start last Saturday at Iowa, which gave him the most consecutive starts in the same season by a Purdue quarterback since 2011.
• Blough was recruited to Purdue in 2014 and redshirted last season.
• He was a three star prospect out of Carrolton, Texas, and was named an Elite 11 quarterback.
• Blough amassed 57 total touchdowns in his high school career at Creekview High School, and threw for more than 5,800 yards in three seasons.
• Blough was the top quarterback at the Elite 11 camp in 2013 after the initial list was revealed.
• The 2013 Elite 11 include:
o Sean White, who was named the Auburn Tigers’ starter the same day as Blough.
o Kyle Allen, who is the starter at Texas A&M.
o Will Grier, who was the starter at Florida.
o Jerrod Heard, who is the starter at Texas.
o Brad Kaaya, who is the starter at Miami (Fl.).
o Deshaun Watson, who is the starter at Clemson.
o DeShone Kizer was at the Elite 11 camp, but did not finish in the final 11. He is the starter at Notre Dame.
• Blough saw his first career action against Indiana State. He was 0 for 1 passing and had one rush for one yard.
• Blough is the third quarterback in the last three years to take over the reins mid-season.
• The last Purdue quarterback to start every game in a season was Caleb TerBush in 2011. Including the 2008 season, just two quarterbacks have started every game in a season since (also Joey Elliott in 2009).
• Blough was nominated for The Wuerffel Trophy, which is awarded to the college football player who best demonstrates excellence in community service and academic and athletic achievement.

WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR YOU
• Senior cornerback Anthony Brown had zero interceptions through his first three seasons as a Boilermaker.
• That has changed significantly this season, especially after Purdue’s win over Nebraska.
• Brown had the hat trick, pulling in three interceptions against the Huskers, two of which led to Boilermaker touchdowns.
• Brown was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after the game, Purdue’s first since Kawann Short in 2012.
• Brown’s three picks marked the first time a Boilermaker had three in a game since 1997 when Mike Rose did so against Northwestern.
• Brown is the only Big Ten player with three interceptions in a game this season and one of just six players in the country with three in a game this year.
• Brown is just one interception shy of cracking Purdue’s top eight, where there is a 14-way tie, for most interceptions in a season.
• Brown also has 58 tackles and five PBUs this season.

B1G RANKED
• Purdue is tied for second in the Big Ten in interceptions with 12 on the season.
• Purdue has attempted 41 fourth downs this season, 18 more than any other Big Ten team.
• The Boilermakers have converted 22 fourth downs this season, 12 more than any other Big Ten team.
• Purdue has 20 takeaways this season, tied for second most in the conference.
David Blough accounted for five touchdowns against Nebraska, tied for the second most in the Big Ten by a single player this season.
• Blough’s four touchdown passes against Nebraska are tied for the second most by a Big Ten quarterback this season. Austin Appleby also had four touchdown passes in a game this season – vs. Indiana State.
• Blough’s 83-yard touchdown pass to DeAngelo Yancey vs. Nebraska is the longest pass by a Big Ten quarterback this season.
• Yancey’s 83-yard touchdown reception is the longest reception by a Big Ten player this season.
• Paul Griggs’ eight attempted extra points are tied for the second most in a game by a Big Ten kicker this season. His seven makes are also tied for the second most.
• Anthony Brown’s three interceptions against Nebraska are the most by a Big Ten player in a single game this season.
• Purdue’s four interceptions against Nebraska were the most by a Big Ten team in a single game this season.
• Purdue’s five turnovers caused against Nebraska are tied for the most by a team in the conference this season.
• Purdue has eight interceptions in Big Ten play this season, tied for the second most in the conference this season.
• Purdue has committed just 29 penalties in Big Ten season, which is the fewest in the conference by five.
• Purdue has scored on 17 of 18 trips into the red zone during Big Ten play, all touchdowns, good for the second best percentage in the league.
• Griggs’ eight extra point attempts against Nebraska are the most by a Big Ten kicker in a conference game this season.
Frankie Williams averaged 29.5 yards per punt return against Illinois, the best by any Big Ten player in conference play this season.
• Purdue’s 55 points against Nebraska are tied for the most by a Big Ten team in a conference game this season.
• Purdue’s eight touchdowns scored against Nebraska are tied for the most by a Big Ten team in a conference game this season.

FRESHMEN PILOTING THE OFFENSE
• Redshirt freshman David Blough took over as Purdue’s starting quarterback prior to the team’s game against Bowling Green and started every game since, though he was injured last week.
• True freshman running back Markell Jones made his first career start at Michigan State.
• Not only are Blough and Jones freshmen who have started at offensive skill positions, both are working to become pilots.
• Jones is working on a degree in aviation technology, while Blough picked it up over the summer with the intention to major, before deciding on another field. Blough is in enough classes to obtain his private pilot’s license.
• Blough and Jones both flew all summer, including solo flights, while balancing football workouts.
• In Blough’s first career start, he had the fifth-best all-time performance by a Purdue freshman, throwing for 340 yards and two touchdowns.
• In Jones’ first start, at No. 2 Michigan State, he rushed for a Purdue true-freshman record 157 yards and two touchdowns.
• True freshman starting long snapper Ben Makowski is also working towards his pilot’s license in aviation technology.

BREAKING DOWN THE PRODUCTION
• Purdue’s starting quarterback is redshirt freshman David Blough, prior to his injury last week. He has started seven straight games heading into Saturday, which is tied for the most consecutive in a single season by a Purdue quarterback since 2011.
• Purdue’s leading rusher is true freshman Markell Jones.
• Sophomore D.J. Knox is Purdue’s second-leading rusher.
• Junior DeAngelo Yancey leads the team in receiving yards and has two 100+ yard games this season.
• Purdue has scored 265 points this season, including 216 by position players (non-kicking). Here is the breakdown:
Freshmen: 96
Sophomores: 30
Juniors: 66
Seniors: 73*
*49 points by kicker Paul Griggs
• Freshmen offensive linemen Martesse Patterson and Kirk Barron have seen regular playing time, including two starts by Patterson.
• Sophomore Gregory Phillips has two touchdown receptions this season, including a 62-yarder against Bowling Green.
• Sophomore linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley was the team’s leading tackler, prior to a season ending injury.
• Purdue’s defense has 66 tackles for loss this season. Here is the breakdown:
Freshmen: 1.0
Sophomores: 27.0
Juniors: 30.5
Seniors: 7.5

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 scored his first career touchdown, and first touchdown in more than a decade, as he did not play high school football, against Bowling Green on a 5-yard plunge in the third quarter.
• Last week at Iowa, Burgess had one rush for 26 yards on a fake punt.
• 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.

MOVING UP PURDUE’S RANKINGS
Paul Griggs has made 31 field goals in his career, including two last week. That ranks fifth in program history.
• Griggs scored eight points against Iowa, which gives him 196 points for his career. That ranks ninth in program history.
Frankie Williams picked off the 10th pass of his career against Northwestern, which moved him into a tie for ninth all-time in Purdue history.
• Williams had two pass breakups against Illinois, which give him 25 for his career. That is tied for 13th most in program history.
Anthony Brown had zero interceptions the first three years of his Purdue career. He picked off three passes against Nebraska and now has four for his career.
• Brown’s three picks against Nebraska are tied for the second most in a single game in program history.
Austin Appleby moved into the top 20 for career touchdown passes with 17. He is 20th.
• Appleby has moved into 13th for career completion percentage with a minimum of 300 attempts. Appleby has completed 54.2 percent of his passes (232-428).
• Appleby’s 232 career completions move him into 19th on the Purdue charts. He is six shy of Danny Etling, who is in 18th, 11 shy of Len Dawson who is 17th and 27 shy of Dale Samuels who is 16th.

‘BACKERS BACK, BUT BATTLING INJURY
• Purdue returns all three starting linebackers from last season with Ja’Whaun Bentley, Danny Ezechukwu and Jimmy Herman.
• Bentley and Herman have both missed multiple games with injury.
• Bentley was hurt prior to the Minnesota game and is out the remainder of the season. Herman has battled a leg injury and has missed four games this season, most recently against Nebraska.
• Freshman Linebacker Markus Bailey got early playing time, but was injured during non-conference and is out for the rest of the season.
• 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 then-career high with 11 total tackles.
• Bentley had a career high 14 tackles against Bowling Green.
• Bentley was second on the team with nine tackles at Michigan State, including 1.5 for loss.
• He was injured prior to the Minnesota game and has missed the last four contests.
• He is still third on the team with 49 tackles this season, including 7.5 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 in 2014. 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.
• Ezechukwu had 10 tackles against Bowling Green and eight against Michigan State.
• Against Minnesota, Ezechukwu had an interception, a sack, a tackle for loss and 10 total tackles.
• Ezechukwu is second on the team in tackles with 56 for the season.
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.
• Herman missed the Bowling Green and Michigan State games with an injury.
• Herman was back in the starting lineup against Minnesota and had seven tackles, including 1.0 for loss.
• Herman then missed the Wisconsin and Nebraska games due to injury.
• Herman was back in the lineup against Illinois and had one tackle, and had five tackles, including 1.0 for loss at Northwestern.

STARTING UP FRONT
• Purdue returns all five starters on the offensive line from last season.
Robert Kugler (Sr. - Center) has 42 consecutive starts heading into Saturday’s game.
Jordan Roos (Jr. - Right guard) started all 12 games last year and has 29 for his career.
Jason King (Jr. - Left guard) has started 28 straight games.
Cameron Cermin (Jr. - Tackle) started eight games at tackle last season and started at right tackle all 11 games this season.
David Hedelin (Sr. - Left tackle) started the final seven games of the season last year and has started every game, except the Indiana State and Iowa games, this season.
• 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.
Martesse Patterson (R-Fr. - Left tackle) started his first career game earlier this season against Indiana State. He also started last week at Iowa.

Austin Appleby
Austin Appleby was named the season-opening starting quarterback on Aug. 25, after starting the final seven games of the 2014 season. He started the first three games this season.
• Appleby has appeared in 14 games, including 10 last season. He is 232-428-17 for 2,445 yards and 17 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 was 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 against Virginia Tech. Here is a list of recent consecutive starts:
2015: David Blough 8*
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
*current streak
• 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. ISU
Career high TD passes: 4 vs. ISU
Career high attps.: 48 vs. NW; at Marshall
Career high comps.: 31 at Marshall
Record: 2-8

IRON MEN
Robert Kugler has started 42 straight games at center. That is tied for the 13th-most active consecutive starts in the country.
Anthony Brown has started 33 straight games at cornerback.
Jason King has started 28 straight games at left guard.
Jake Replogle has started 23 straight games at defensive tackle.
Frankie Williams has started 38 games at cornerback and safety in his career, including 11 each in 2013 and 2014.
Thomas Meadows has started every game of his career between kickoff specialist, punter and holder.
Paul Griggs has started every game of the past three years, after being pushed into action as a freshman, including hitting a game-winner at Iowa in 2012.

WATCHLISTS
• Purdue has four players on watch list.
David Blough, a redshirt freshman quarterback, has been nominated for the Wuerffell Trophy, which goes to the college football player who exemplifies community service, athletic and academic achievement.
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 heading into the season.
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.

CAPTAINS
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.

FIRST TIME STARTERS
• Purdue had five first time starters in their opening game of the season:
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.
David Blough (R-Fr., QB) made his first career start against Bowling Green and threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, and added a touchdown on the ground.
Markell Jones (Fr., RB) made his first career start at Michigan State and rushed 22 times for a Purdue true-freshman record 157 yards and two touchdowns.
Cole Herdman (R-Fr., TE) made his first career start at Michigan State and had two catches for two yards.
Garrett Hudson (So., LB) started his first career game against Minnesota and finished with three tackles.
Brandon Roberts (R-Fr., S) started his first career game at Northwestern and finished with an interception and four tackles.

BOILERMAKER DEPOT
• 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.

ANTHROP-OLOGY
• 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 against Virginia Tech.
• Anthrop caught his 100th career ball against Illinois last week.
• For his career, Anthrop, from West Lafayette, Ind., has 104 catches for 1,288 yards and eight touchdowns.

QUARTERBACKS ON THE FIELD
• The Boilermakers have played three different players that were recruiting to Purdue as quarterbacks in 2012, and a fourth recruited quarterback.
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 has seven catches for 72 yards this year.
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 against Virginia Tech.
David Blough was recruited in the 2014 class, after being named an Elite 11 quarterback in 2013. Blough redshirted in 2014 and made his first career start against Bowling Green, after playing sparingly against Indiana State and Virginia Tech. Blough has started every game since.

B1G PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
• Redshirt freshman quarterback David Blough earned his first career weekly accolade after completing 28 of 43 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns, against zero interceptions, and rushing 10 times for 82 yards and a score against Nebraska.
• Blough was the first Boilermaker to earn Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors since Robert Marve in 2012.
• Blough accounted for five touchdowns, the first Boilermaker to do so since Curtis Painter in 2008 against Indiana.
• Senior cornerback Anthony Brown was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after picking off three passes against Nebraska, the first Boilermaker to do so since 1997 when Mike Rose did so against Northwestern.
• It was the first such honor of Brown’s career.
• He was the first Boilermaker to be named conference defensive player of the week since Kawann Short in 2012.
• It was the first time Purdue has won the offensive and defensive player of the week awards in the same week since Nov. 27, 2006.
 

 

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