Yesterday, Karlaftis earned some nods when the all-B1G defense and special teams were announced. Today, a few other Boilermakers earned awards when the offensive awards were announced.
First, Brycen Hopkins was named the Big Ten Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year:
While it was a rough season for Purdue, Hopkins was a steady force this season on the offensive side of the ball, and he easily led all Big Ten tight ends with 7 touchdowns, 830 yards, and averaged 13.6 yards per catch. In terms of receiving yards, Hopkins was 7th in the Big Ten. Of course, some people didn’t seem to realize that, so we gladly reminded them:
Hopkins: 7 touchdowns, 830 yards, 13.6 yards/catch— Hammer & Rails (@HammerAndRails) December 4, 2019
Freiermuth: 7 TDs, 468 yards, 11.4 yards/catch
Oh, and Hopkins had to go through 3 different QBs (4 if you count Wright's throw on the trick play at Wisconsin). https://t.co/Ior18GSLlB
(Freiermuth was 3rd among Big Ten tight ends in receiving yards)
Along with Hopkins, David Bell was named the Big Ten Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year:
Bell finished the season with 1035 yards, 7 touchdowns, and averaged 12.0 yards per catch. The last time a Purdue freshman had over 1,000 yards receiving was...2018 with Rondale Moore. Moore also won freshman of the year last year. Perhaps Purdue can make it three in a row?
Bell was 3rd in the league in terms of receiving yards, just behind Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson of Minnesota.
Along with these awards, Hopkins was named all-Big Ten First Team offense by both the coaches and the media:
Meanwhile, Bell was named 2nd team by the media and 3rd team by the coaches. Additionally, Matt McCann made honorable mention from both the coaches and the media.