4 Purdue football players receive All-Big Ten honors

Photo Courtesy: Purdue Sports
Photo Courtesy: Purdue Sports

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Three Purdue defenders and a specialist have been named honorable mention All-Big Ten in a vote by the conference’s coaches and media members.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Markus Bailey, senior end Evan Panfil and senior tackle Jake Replogle were feted on the defensive side. Sophomore punter Joe Schopper was recognized with the specialists.

Bailey, who missed the majority of the 2015 season with a knee injury, exploded in his first full collegiate campaign. The Columbus, Ohio, native led the Boilermakers with 97 total tackles, 61 solo stops, and four interceptions in 2016. Starting all 12 games, he tallied six tackles for loss and a pair of pass breakups.

Panfil posted his finest season at Purdue, recording a team-high 12 tackles for loss while tying with junior teammate Gelen Robinson for a team-best five sacks on the year. A native of New Lennox, Illinois, Panfil finished his senior season with a career-high 32 total tackles, including 18 solo stops.

Replogle, who missed four full games and played in only the first half of another, was a force when healthy. The Centerville, Ohio, native finished his final collegiate season with 45 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, a fumble recovered and a safety. Replogle was also named Purdue’s Sportsmanship Award recipient.

Schopper, a native of Indianapolis, made his mark by pinning the opposition deep in its own territory. Punting 56 times on the year, he had 24 of his kicks downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line (42.9 percent). He finished the season with 2,277 yards and a 40.7 yard average.

The offensive All-Big Ten team will be announced Wednesday.