Nov. 27, 2006
Curtis Painter, Purdue
SO, QB, Vincennes, Ind./Lincoln
Painter threw for 357 yards and a career-high four touchdowns while completing 69 percent of his passes (29-of-42) in a narrow defeat at Hawaii. The sophomore quarterback now ranks third in the Big Ten records book with 3,721 passing yards this season and needs only 263 yards in the Champs Sports Bowl to break the conference record set by fellow-Boilermaker Drew Brees in 1998. Painter also ranks fifth in Big Ten annals with 3,837 yards, just 353 yards from breaking another Brees record set in 2000. He collects Player of the Week laurels for the second time this season and in his career after being honored on Oct. 16.
Cliff Avril, Purdue
JR, DE, Green Cove Springs, Fla./Clay
Avril led the Boilermakers defense with four pass breakups against Hawaii, which entered the game as the nation's top passing team. The junior linebacker added three solo tackles and a two-yard sack in the game. He earned Big Ten weekly accolades for the first time in his career.
Jared Armstrong, Purdue
SR, P, Gilberts, Ill./Harper College
Despite punting only three times, Armstrong averaged an impressive 51.7 yards per boot and place one of his three punts inside the 20-yard line. The senior punter racked up 155 yards on his three kicks and pinned an opponent inside the 20-yard line for the 12th time this season. He garners Big Ten weekly laurels for the first time in his career.