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Dillon Thieneman Wins Big Ten Freshman of the Year

A well deserved honor.

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The Big Ten continued to announce conference awards today and a Purdue freshman was award the Freshman of the Year Award. Who else could it be but Dillon Thieneman? The true freshman stepped up in a big way this year and played beyond his years. I’m just imagining the bragging rights at Thanksgiving and Christmas with his brothers given that they also played at Purdue. I would never stop reminding my brothers I won this award and they didn’t. Going to be very sweet for him.

Thieneman was also named second team all-defense earlier in the week. Both well deserved honors. This is a young man who has a bright future with Purdue. Overall, he had 74 tackles and 6 interceptions. An incredible season for the Purdue legacy.

Thieneman had an interception in his very first game and two in the final game of the season against the Hoosiers. There’s no doubt that Thieneman’s contributions led to a better Purdue defense and an overall better Purdue team.

With his two interceptions in the IU game Thieneman broke the freshman record for interceptions in a season that was previously held by Stu Schweigert. His 74 tackles (all solo) were the most ever recorded by a Purdue player in a single season. The prior record holder? Rod Woodson. Pretty good company to be in I’d say. During the season he earned the freshman of the week award a total of five times.