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1997 Purdue Boilermakers Roster

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Record: 9-3, .750 W-L% (17th of 112) ▪ Rank: 15th in Final AP Poll
Conference: Big Ten  ▪ Conference Record: 6-2 (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Joe Tiller (9-3)

PS/G: 33.0 (18th of 112) ▪ PA/G: 22.2 (45th of 112)
SRS: 8.48 (25th of 112) ▪ SOS: 1.07 (49th of 112)

Bowl Game: Won Alamo Bowl 33-20 versus Oklahoma State


  • Roster includes most starters and key reserves.
  • Starters are marked with an asterisk (*).
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Partial Roster

Player Class Pos Summary
Billy Dicken* QB 224 Cmp, 407 Att, 3136 Yds, 21 TD
Drew Brees QB 19 Cmp, 43 Att, 232 Yds, 0 TD
Edwin Watson* RB 175 Att, 927 Yds, 5.3 Avg
Tarah Graham RB 5 Att, 55 Yds, 11.0 Avg
Eric Haddad RB 16 Att, 62 Yds, 3.9 Avg
Kendall Matthews RB 79 Att, 560 Yds, 7.1 Avg
Brian Alford* WR 63 Rec, 1228 Yds, 19.5 Avg
Gabe Cox* WR 10 Rec, 92 Yds, 9.2 Avg
Isaac Jones* WR 41 Rec, 443 Yds, 10.8 Avg
Chris Daniels WR 3 Rec, 114 Yds, 38.0 Avg
Vinny Sutherland WR 34 Rec, 357 Yds, 10.5 Avg
Willie Tillman WR 8 Rec, 86 Yds, 10.8 Avg
Donald Winston WR 32 Rec, 361 Yds, 11.3 Avg
Jon Blackman* TE 13 Rec, 201 Yds, 15.5 Avg
Matt Light TE
Mark Fischer* OL
Dan Maly* OL
Brian Nicley* OL
Jim Niedrach* OL
Chukky Okobi* OL
Brandon Gorin OL
Pete VanderWeele OL
Rosevelt Colvin* DL
Chukie Nwokorie* DL
Leo Perez* DL
Greg Smith* DL
Ian Allen DL
Brent Botts DL
Rocco Fogio DL
Warren Moore DL
Willie Burroughs* LB
Willie Fells* LB
Mike Rose* LB
Lee Johnson LB
Noble Jones LB
Adrian Beasley* DB
Lee Brush* DB
Lamar Conard* DB
Mike Hawthorne* DB
Henry Bell DB
Billy Gustin DB
Chris Clopton KR