While the last month of Boilermaker Football was turbulent, the regular season until the Big Ten Championship Game gave Purdue fans something to cheer on loudly.
As we officially usher in a new era of Purdue Football, it wouldn’t be right not to look back on the accomplishments of some of the outgoing Boilermakers and the remaining Boilermakers.
1,361 acceptance sites
The number of receiving yards Charlie Jones had in his only season at Purdue. Until his arrival at Purdue, Iowa primarily used him as a special teams star, no wonder Iowa couldn’t involve him more. Jones’ 1,361 yards is Purdue’s all-time greatest receiver. He eclipsed by John Stanford 2002 record of 1,307 yards.
He also finished the season with 110 receptions, good for 3rd in Boilermakers football history. Only Chris Daniels (1999, 121 receptions) and Rondale Moore (2018, 114 receptions) have had more than Jones in a single season.
9,219 passing yards
The number of passing yards Aidan O’Connell had during his Purdue career. He finished 6th in his career Passing Yards. It is preceded by some of the Purdue Greats. Drew Bree (11,792 yards), Curtis Painter (11,163 yards), Mark Herman (9,946 yards), David Blough (9,734 yards) and Kyle Orton (9,337 yards).
Aidan also finished 5th overall in passing yards in a season, with 3,712 in the 2021 season. Curtis Painter and Drew Bree had more yards in a season, with both having two seasons with more yards than Aidan.
In terms of touchdowns, AOC finished 5th overall with 65 career touchdowns and 4th overall in touchdowns in a season (28). O’Connell has two career games passing 500+ yards, with a game against Michigan State in 2021 passing for 536 yards and 534 against Tennessee at the Music City Bowl.
964 rushing yards
The number of rushing yards Devin Mockobee had in his first season. The former extra placed his name as the 12th most prolific racing season in Purdue history.
For his entire season, he racked up 1,242 scrimmage yards and 9 touchdowns. His 32 catches for 274 yards helped add another layer to the prolific Jeff Brohm Offense. Mocker will return to Purdue and look to continue his success under Coach Walters and Coach Harrell.
Cam Allen, who will return for his 5th season in 2023, now has 10 career interceptions. That ties him for 9th in Purdue history in interceptions. If he were to have 4 in 2023, he would take 2nd place in Purdue history, ahead of Ricardo Allen. He would need 8 to pass Stu Schweigert.
5 field goals made
Mitchell Fineran tied a Purdue record for five field goals made in a game, scoring five in the Big Ten Championship game against Michigan. He attaches Rick Anderson (1980) for most field goals in a game.
He is also fourth in career field goals at Purdue, hitting an impressive 42 field goals in his two seasons. He is second in Purdue history in single-season field goals, with 24 in the 2021 season. Fineran is also tied for 5th in field goals in a season, coming in at 18 in the 2022 campaign.
The most impressive mark of Fineran’s career is being the most accurate kicker in Purdue Football history. His field goal percentage of 79.2% is 5% higher than the second most accurate kicker, Spencer Evans. He is also second for most accurate in a season, making 82.8% of his field goals in 2021.
21 career touchdown catches
Payne Durham is 5th all-time in career touchdown catches, with 21. With 21, he is tied with Taylor Stubblefield, Dorien Bryant and David Bell. Only Brian Alford (31), David Young (27), Jean Standeford (27), and Vinny Sutherland (25) have more career touchdowns than Payne.
Payne appears to be having a successful career in the NFL.
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