By a landslide vote, senior tight end Dustin Keller (pictured) was named Purdue's 2007 Team MVP Monday night, at Purdue's annual end-of-season banquet. This, plus other Boilermaker football notes right here.[details]
Personal:Post-Training Camp 2007 Update: Smith moved from guard to center, where he's third on the depth chart.
2006: Appeared in four games as reserve ... played vs. Indiana State on Sept. 2, at Iowa on Oct. 7, at Northwestern on Oct. 14 and vs. Penn State on Oct. 28.
2005: Played as reserve at Indiana on Nov. 19.
2004: Did not play.
High School: Listed No. 109 among Midwest players by SuperPrep ... honorable mention all-district and all-city and first team all-conference as senior ... received team's Best Offensive Lineman Award ... twice named academic all-state ... three-year starter ... bench presses 315 and squats 500 ... coach was Bob Crable ... also participated in basketball and track and field ... earned academic first honors.
Personal: Given name is Zachary John Smith ... born Jan. 19, 1986 ... genetic biology major ... enjoys weightlifting ... father, Jim, played linebacker at Ball State from 1979 to 1982 and was Academic All-Mid-American Conference and academic all-district his senior season ... two aunts and an uncle are Purdue alums.