Big Ten: Sean Matti

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July, 7, 2011
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Eight weeks until the start of the season. Yay.

Video: Purdue running back found dead

July, 5, 2011
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The body of Purdue running back Sean Matti was recovered from a lake in Indiana.

Purdue's Sean Matti found dead

July, 5, 2011
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Extremely sad news about Purdue running back Sean Matti, whose body was recovered from Lake Freeman on Tuesday morning. The walk-on joined the program in 2007. He was 22.

Here are some statements from Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke and head coach Danny Hope:
Burke: "On behalf of the entire Purdue Boilermaker family, our hearts go out to Sean’s family -- Frank and Karen, Samantha, Kyle and Amanda -- and all those who knew and loved him. It is during difficult times like these that families must unite to grow stronger, and we extend our hands out to help however we can.”

Hope: “Purdue football is a family, and I am terribly saddened by the loss of one of our young men. Sally’s and my prayers continue to go out to Sean’s family and all his friends and loved ones. He was a special young man whose positive spirit will be a part of our program forever.”

Purdue officials said assistant coach Donn Landholm spent Monday in Monticello, Ind., with Matti’s family, while assistants Sean Clark and Cornell Jackson arrived Tuesday morning. Marty Dittmar, a volunteer chaplain for the athletic department, also was at the scene.

The Boilermakers said that grief counselors were available on campus for Matti's teammates.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Matti family and the Purdue program.
Scary story from over the weekend: Purdue walk-on running back Sean Matti went missing at Lake Freeman near Monticello, Ind.

Officials said Matti was last seen swimming in the water on the southwestern shore of the lake around 5 p.m. on Sunday. The friends Matti was staying with searched for him for several hours before calling the authorities, and police scanned the water and shoreline Sunday night and all day Monday before resuming Tuesday morning.

Matti is a fifth-year senior who joined the program in 2007. He has not accumulated any stats in his career, but he caught a touchdown pass in the Boilermakers' spring game.
The fourth installment of the spring game recap series takes a look at Purdue, which, despite a rash of injuries, still played the Black & Gold Game on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Purdue had none of its top running backs available for the game, so the quarterbacks received plenty of work, which is probably good in the long run. Robert Marve might be the favorite to win the starting quarterback job, but Caleb TerBush had a more impressive performance Saturday, completing 13 of 18 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. TerBush opened and closed the scoring with touchdown strikes to Sean Matti and Antavian Edison, while Marve tossed a 75-yard touchdown pass to Cortez Smith.

Marve, who alternated drives with TerBush, completed 11 of 22 passes for 160 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Quarterback Rob Henry completed 12 of 19 passes for 82 yards and an interception.

"They were the most impressive part of the scrimmage," head coach Danny Hope said of his QBs.

All-Big Ten selection Keith Smith, who missed spring ball following wrist surgery, figures to be Purdue's No. 1 wide receiver this fall, but another Smith will be a big factor in the passing attack. Cortez Smith recorded six receptions for 136 yards in the game.

The defense started a bit slow but held the running game in check and recorded two interceptions and 11 tackles for loss

Other nuggets:
  • Kawann Short could be a big help in Purdue's pass rush this fall after recording two sacks and a pass breakup in the game. The Boilers need a second threat to complement All-Big Ten defensive end Ryan Kerrigan, and Short might be the answer.
  • Another defensive end, Adam Brockman, made his mark by intercepting a Henry pass in the first half.
  • Running back Ralph Bolden told The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier that he'll undergo surgery May 4 to repair a torn ACL. He's not sure whether he'll get back in time for the season, saying, "I'm not rushing back. I'm trying to come back healthy."

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