Kory Sheets


From 2005 to 2008, Kory Sheets stamped his name throughout the Purdue football record book. The running back from Manchester, Conn., capped a stellar career in 2008 by setting school records for career rushing touchdowns (48), career total touchdowns (54) and rushing touchdowns in a season (16).

In addition to the touchdown marks, Sheets ranks second in school history with 664 rushing attempts, 3,341 rushing yards, 4,944 all-purpose yards and 324 points. He is ninth with an average of 5.03 yards per carry and 13th with 768 kickoff return yards.

As a senior, Sheets became just sixth Boilermaker to rush for 1,000 yards - the feat now has been accomplished eight times. He finished with 1,131 yards (fourth-most in school history) on 234 carries (fifth-most) and amassed 1,643 all-purpose yards (sixth-most). Sheets was named honorable mention All-Big Ten after ranking tied for second in the conference with 17 touchdowns, tied for third with 102 points (fifth-most in school history), fifth with 94.2 rushing yards per game and sixth with 136.9 all-purpose yards per game.

The Walter Camp Foundation named Sheets its Connecticut Player of the Year for the second time in 2008. He also received the honor in 2006, becoming only the third two-time winner in the history of the award - following Connecticut quarterback Dan Orlovsky and Wisconsin linebacker Tarek Saleh.

Sheets didn't waste any time making his mark on Boilermaker Football. In just his third career game - at Minnesota on Sept. 24, 2005 - he had an 88-yard jaunt that ranks as the third-longest in school history and the longest ever in a road game. Sheets went on to be named honorable mention Freshman All-American by The Sporting News.

Sheets graduated from Purdue in December of 2008 with a degree in organizational leadership and supervision.

Sheets' Purdue Statistics

Rushing

YearAtt.YardsAvg.TDLong
2005 104 571 5.5 10 88
2006 158 780 4.9 11 30
2007 168 859 5.1 11 59
2008 234 1,131 4.8 16 80
Totals 664 3,341 5.0 48 88

Receiving

YearNo.YardsAvg.TDLong
2005 13 132 10.2 0 23
2006 28 213 7.6 2 37
2007 30 216 7.2 2 41
2008 37 253 6.8 1 25
Totals 108 814 7.5 5 41

Kick Returns

YearNo.YardsAvg.TDLong
2005 4 73 18.2 0 29
2006 19 422 22.2 0 56
2007 1 14 14.0 0 14
2008 14 259 18.5 0 45
Totals 38 768 20.2 0 56