Big Ten Medal of Honor: Robert Maci, Purdue Football
June 5, 2013
Maci, a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, started all 13 games of his senior season playing in a dual role of defensive end and linebacker. He finished 2012 with a career-high 37 tackles, including 6.5 for loss with 2.0 sacks. He forced a pair of fumbles and recovered one. He was awarded the team's "Red" Mackey award (exemplifying the overall success of the university's intercollegiate athletics programs) and the Most Improved Player Award for defense.
Maci played in 42 total games in his collegiate career, racking up 81 total tackles, including 56 solo stops and 12.5 for loss. He finished his Purdue career with 4.0 sacks, three passes defended and three fumbles forced. He was named the 2012 Pit Bull Award winner (player who exemplified and sustained tenacity and intense play throughout spring practice), the 2009 team Most Valuable Player on special teams and the 2008 Verle H. Campbell Scout Team Award.
He was nominated for the National Football Foundation's Scholar Athlete Award and is a member of the NFF's Hampshire Society. He graduated from Purdue last December with a degree in industrial engineering.