It seems like those last guys taken in every recruiting class - the ones that very nearly got turned away - always seem to become something special. Such was the case with Anthony Heygood (pictured), a former 11th-hour recruit who turned into a godsend for the Boilermakers. More here in this FREE...[details]
2007: Received team's Most Improved Award - Defense for spring season ... honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches ... appeared in all 13 games, including 12 starts ... shared team lead with 15.0 tackles for loss (also Cliff Avril), including 1.0 sack ... ranked second with 81 tackles (48 solo, 33 assists) ... had three pass breakups and three forced fumbles ... topped team in tackles five times ... recorded career-high 11 tackles three times: at Toledo on Sept. 1 (2 solo, 9 assists), vs. Ohio State on Oct. 6 (8 solo, 3 assists) and at Penn State on Nov. 3 (7 solo, 4 assists) ... had three tackles for loss, including sack, in Ohio State game.
2006: Appeared in 13 games as reserve and on special teams ... moved from running back to linebacker after six games ... had six tackles (5 solo, 1 assist) and a fumble recovery ... had four rushing attempts for 10 yards along with two special team tackles vs. Indiana State on Sept. 2 ... recovered fumble on kickoff team at Illinois on Nov. 11.
2005: Appeared in all 11 games as reserve and on special teams ... had nine carries for 36 yards (4.0 average) ... recorded 7 tackles (6 solo, 1 assist) ... had five rushes for 27 yards vs. Akron on Sept. 10 ... came up with two tackles (both solos) vs. Michigan State on Nov. 5.
2004: Did not play.
High School: Ranked as No. 20 running back in nation and No. 15 player in Pennsylvania by Rivals.com ... listed No. 18 among Pennsylvania players by SuperPrep ... first team all-state as senior after rushing for 1,272 yards on 148 carries (8.6 average) and 18 touchdowns ... caught five passes for 152 yards (30.4 average) and two touchdowns ... received Mini Maxwell Award from Maxwell Football Club (same organization that presents Maxwell Award to nation's outstanding college player) ... gained 888 yards and scored 12 touchdowns his junior season ... three-time all-conference honoree ... also played defensive back ... coach was George Stratts.
Personal: Given name is Anthony Deron Heygood ... born April 3, 1986 ... health and fitness major.
- Purdue Sports Information