1996 Purdue Boilermakers football team

The 1996 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at Ross–Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana and competed in the Big Ten Conference. The team attempted to build from its second best season (win wise) in its 5-year football history under head coach Jim Colletto, and they failed starting the season 0-3 and averaging under 7 points per game. Over the final eight games the Boilermakers went 3-5 however, ending the season with a 3-8 record and failing to qualify for a bowl game for the twelfth straight year. The Boilermakers also failed to win a road game.

1996 Purdue Boilermakers football
Purdue Boilermakers logo.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1996 record3–8 (2–6 Big Ten)
Head coachJim Colletto (6th season)
Offensive coordinatorTim Salem (3rd season)
Offensive schemePro Set
Defensive coordinatorTy Smith (2nd season)
Base defense4-3
MVPBrian Alford (junior year)
Captains
  • Jon Krick (senior year)
  • Emmett Zitelli (senior year)
Home stadiumRoss–Ade Stadium
(Capacity: 67,861)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Ohio State +   7 1         11 1  
No. 15 Northwestern +   7 1         9 3  
No. 7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
No. 18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
No. 20 Michigan   5 3         8 4  
Michigan State   5 3         6 6  
Wisconsin   3 5         8 5  
Purdue   2 6         3 8  
Minnesota   1 7         4 7  
Indiana   1 7         3 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

However, several individuals excelled. Brian Alford received numerous post-season accolades including First Team All-Big Ten honors by both the coaches and the media, as well as breaking Purdue record for most receiving touchdowns in a single season. Senior captain, Emmett Zitelli was selected to the Second Team All-Big team by both the coaches and the media. After the season, non of the Boilermakers were selected in the 1997 NFL Draft but immediately after the draft Zitelli signed as an undrafted free agent.

Preseason previewEdit

In 1995 the Purdue Boilermakers had the second best season in the Colletto era. The team finished with a 4-6-1 regular season record, failing to qualify for a postseason bowl game for the twelfth straight year. The Boilermakers struggled to win games, facing what was rated as the 3rd most difficult schedule in the nation in 1995.[1] However, Purdue did finish first in the Big Ten in rushing offense.[2]

Going into 1996, there was doubt that Purdue could replace all-time leading rusher Mike Alstott, and have a winning season.[3] Entering the season, Colletto thought that each of his quarterbacks would be a contributor on offense, electing Rick Trefzger as the team's starting quarterback, and moving former tailback, Edwin Watson to fullback to replace Alstott.[4]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3112:30 PMat Michigan StateESPNL 14–5272,511
September 142:30 PMat No. 9 Notre Dame*NBCL 0–3559,075
September 217:00 PMWest Virginia*L 6–2039,445
September 2812:00 PMNC State*
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, Indiana
ESPN+W 42–2139,739
October 52:00 PMMinnesota
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, Indiana
W 30–2745,805
October 1212:30 PMat No. 10 Penn StateESPNL 14–3196,653
October 193:30 PMNo. 2 Ohio State 
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, Indiana
ABCL 14–4258,323
November 212:30 PMat WisconsinESPNL 25–3378,330
November 912:30 PMNo. 9 Michigan
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, Indiana
ESPN2W 9–339,328
November 1612:00 PMat No. 13 NorthwesternL 24–2741,178
November 231:00 PMIndiana
L 16–3349,197
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

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RosterEdit

1996 Purdue Boilermakers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Donald Winston Fr
QB 3 John Reeves   So
WR 5 Willie Tillman Jr
WR 6 Isaac Jones Jr
QB 12 Billy Dicken   Jr
QB 13 Rick Trefzger Sr
FB 16 Eric Haddad Jr
WR 20 Chris Daniels   Fr
WR 24 Kirk Olivadotti Sr
RB 25 Curtis Taylor Jr
FB 36 Edwin Watson Jr
FB 37 Dartanian Sanders Sr
RB 43 Kendall Matthews Sr
FB 45 Cullen Bryant Jr. Fr
OT 52 Nick Sweeney So
OT 54 Mark Fischer Sr
OG 56 Chukky Okobi Fr
C 63 Jim Niedrach So
OG 72 Emmett Zitelli Sr
OT 73 David Cohen So
OG 74 Wayne Finchum So
OG 76 Dan Maly Sr
C 78 Brian Nicley Sr
OT 79 Chad Manning Sr
WR 80 Brian Alford   Jr
TE 81 Brandon Jewell Sr
TE 90 Pete VanderWeele Jr
TE 91 Matt Light Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
FS 2 Derrick Brown Jr
CB 4 Derrick Winston Sr
SS 7 Adrian Beasley So
DB 10 Lee Brush Jr
FS 11 Michael Hawthorne So
CB 14 Jamel Coleman Jr
LB 19 Joe Hagins Sr
DB 22 Lamar Conard Fr
SS 23 Willie Burroughs Jr
CB 27 Willie Washington Fr
LB 28 Mike Rose Fr
DB 29 Reggie Johnson
LB 32 Noble Jones So
LB 34 Chike Okeafor Jr
CB 38 Bryce Gillins Fr
LB 29 Nick Zitelli
DB 46 Glenn Davis
LB 48 Chris Koeppen Sr
DE 49 Chukie Nwokorie So
LB 51 Troy Bacon
DT 53 Jon Krick Sr
LB 57 Ray Lee So
DE 58 Craig Williams Sr
DE 59 Rosevelt Colvin So
DT 71 Anthony Gutwein Jr
DE 82 David Nugent Fr
LB 86 Scott Dobbins
DT 97 Greg Smith Sr
DT 98 Leo Perez Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 17 Chris Arnce Jr
P 26 Danny Rogers Fr
P 29 Brandon Kaser So
PK 96 Shane Ryan Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Tim Salem (Offensive Coordinator)
  • Ty Smith (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)
  • Chester Caddas (Defensive Line)
  • Randy Fichtner (Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator)
  • Tom Freeman (Offensive Line)
  • Leroy Keyes (Running Backs)
  • Karl Morgan (Defensive Line)
  • Bob Morris (Defensive Backs)
  • Kurt Van Valkenburgh (Defensive Backs

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: December 3, 2013

Depth ChartEdit

ResultsEdit

MichiganEdit

#9 Michigan at Purdue
1 234Total
Michigan 0 030 3
Purdue 0 306 9
  • Date: November 9
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Game attendance: 40,624

Purdue's first win versus Michigan since 1984[8]

StatisticsEdit

PassingEdit

Player Comp Att Yards TD INT
Rick Trefzger 96 170 1,158 8 8
John Reeves 51 102 772 6 5
Billy Dicken 40 81 518 1 4

RushingEdit

Player Att Yards TD
Edwin Watson 194 768 6
Kendall Matthews 123 471 3
John Reeves 52 157
Rick Trefzger 43 56 1
Donald Winston 2 49
Lee Johnson 12 43
Eric Haddad 6 24
Chris Koeppen 1 24
Brian Alford 3 22
Dartanian Sanders 5 18
Billy Dicken 20 -40

ReceivingEdit

Player Rec Yards TD
Brian Alford 63 1,057 12
Willie Tillman 40 557 2
Edwin Watson 25 220
Isaac Jones 14 241 1
Kirk Olivadotti 16 171
Brandon Jewell 11 92
Kendall Matthews 9 29
Chris Daniels 1 22
Eric Haddad 2 19
Lee Johnson 2 16
Matt Light 1 16
Reggie Johnson 1 7
Donald Winston 1 5
Dartanian Sanders 1 -4

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1995 Purdue Boilermakers Stats". www.sports-reference.com. USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "Tim Salem Bio". www.fightingillini.com. University of Illinois-Champaign. Archived from the original on 2013-10-13. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  3. ^ Andrew Bagnato (November 5, 1996). "Purdue's Colletto 2nd Coach To Exit Big Ten Within Week". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  4. ^ Geoff Mosher (August 29, 1996). "Boiling point". ww.collegian.psu.edu. The Daily Collegian. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  5. ^ 2010 Purdue football information guide
  6. ^ "Purdue's Final Two-Deep for 1996". www.purduesports.com. Purdue University. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  7. ^ "Purdue's Final Two-Deep for 1996". www.purduesports.com. Purdue University. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  8. ^ Recap/Box Score
  9. ^ 1996 Purdue football final statistics