WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue junior kicker Paul Griggs has been named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. The weekly honor is the first of Griggs’ career and the first for any Purdue football player this season.
The third-year kicker booted field goals of 53, 52 and 40 yards in the Boilermakers’ tilt with Wisconsin on Saturday, won by the Badgers 34-16. In doing so, he became the first player in school history to make two field goals of 50 or more yards in the same game. Including his PAT after Akeem Hunt’s 79-yard touchdown reception, Griggs accounted for 10 of Purdue’s 16 points in the game.
Griggs also kicked a 51-yard field goal against Western Michigan on Aug. 30 to make him the first kicker at Purdue to have three field goals of 50 or more yards in the same season.
His 53-yarder against the Badgers was a career long and tied him with his predecessor Carson Wiggs for the third longest in school history.