John Standeford was the epitome of a student-athlete.

While becoming a record-setting wide receiver, Standeford earned distinction in the classroom and gave time to the community. He was recognized by receiving the 2004 Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award from the University & Northwest Sertoma Club of Columbus, Ohio. One male and one female student-athlete each from Division I, II and III are selected for the award, which recognizes excellence in academics, athletics and community service.

Unheralded out of tiny Monrovia, Indiana, Standeford finished his collegiate career as the all-time Big Ten Conference leader with 266 receptions and 3,788 receiving yards, breaking the marks held by David Williams of Illinois (262 for 3,392). The receptions record since has been broken, first by Taylor Stubblefield (325 catches from 2001 to 2004) and subsequently by Dorien Bryant (292 catches from 2004 to 2007). Standeford had at least one reception in 48 of 50 games played and caught passes for four different quarterbacks: Kyle Orton (162), Drew Brees (67), Brandon Kirsch (20) and Brandon Hance (17).

As a junior, Standeford was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award (presented to the nation's outstanding receiver), fourth team All-American, first team All-Big Ten selection and team Most Valuable Player after catching 75 passes for a school-record 1,307 yards and a school-record-tying 13 touchdowns (since broken by Stubblefield with 16 in 2004). He caught 77 passes for 1,150 yards and four touchdowns his senior season and was named second team All-Big Ten. Standeford and Brian Alford are the only two players in school history with two 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Standeford was named a True Freshman All-American in 2000 as a member of Purdue's Rose Bowl team.

An elementary education major, Standeford was a two-time first team Academic All-American and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. During his senior year, he participated in the football team's Gentle Giants program, a group of players who visit area elementary schools. He was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was a two-time recipient of the team's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award and received the team's Kiwanis Citizenship Award as a senior.





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