Book Smart

Nov. 29, 2007

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue fifth-year punter Jared Armstrong has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team.

The organizational leadership and supervision major is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. This season, he is averaging 40.7 yards per punt (62 punts for 2,521 yards). Fourteen of his punts have come to rest inside the opponent's 20-yard line and another 11 have been fair caught. Purdue ranks fifth in the Big Ten in net punting with an average of 37.9 yards.

In his two years with the Boilermakers, Armstrong is averaging 41.7 yards per punt (112 punts for 4,675 yards), good for third on the school career list. Travis Dorsch and Eric Bruun rank 1-2 with averages of 48.5 and 42.4 yards.

Armstrong, who transferred to Purdue from Harper College in Illinois, is the first Boilermaker football player to earn Academic All-America honors since wide receiver John Standeford was a first team pick in 2003. Offensive lineman Gene Mruczkowski was a second team selection in 2002.

Quarterback Drew Brees was the Academic All-American of the Year in 2000.

Missouri's Adam Crossett, a graduate student working on his MBA, was the first team punter.

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.




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