December 1, 1998
West Lafayette - Purdue Football team members Rosevelt Colvin and Drew Brees were rewarded yesterday by the Big Ten media and coaches for their outstanding play in the 1998 season. Colvin, a senior defensive end, was named to the first-team All-Big Ten by both the media and the Conference coaches. Brees, a sophomore quarterback, was named the Big Ten Offensive-Player-of-the-Year by the media. He split the vote with Ohio State's quarterback Joe Germaine. He was also named to the second-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media. It is the first time Brees has been named to the conference team. For Colvin, his second, he was selected as a second-team member by the media and honorable mention by the coaches for the 1997 season.
Colvin, by vote of his teammates, was recently named as the team's Most Valuable Player. He set a Purdue season record with three blocked field goals and tied a school record with 13 sacks on the year. His 19 tackles for loss are tied for seventh-most on the all-time list at Purdue. Colvin had 45 tackles, five pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries and one interception on the season. He also established school career records for sacks (31.5) and blocked field goals (4), and he ranks second on the all-time list for tackles for loss (59).
Brees, during the course of the 1998 season, set two NCAA records for single game attempts (83) and completions (55) and four Big Ten season records for attempts (516), completions (336), yards passing (3985) and touchdowns (36). He also set three single game Purdue records for yards passing (522), total yards (524) and touchdown passes (6, twice). He currently ranks ninth on the Purdue career passing list with 3985 yards.
Other members of the football team honored were; offensive guard Chukky Okobi, named second- team All-Big Ten by the coaches and honorable mention by the media. Seniors Issac Jones and Chike Okeafor, junior Randall Lane, and sophomore Matt Light, all named honorable mention by both the media and the coaches. Senior Billy Gustin was named honorable mention by the media, while the coaches honored red-shirt freshman Tim Stratton.