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Williams knows the drill

Torri Williams knows exactly what to expect from Purdue's senior day Saturday.

He's already heard the crowd roar in appreciation of his contributions while he walks the field on senior day at Ross-Ade Stadium, gotten the hug from his head coach and passed his mom a rose.

Last year, Williams wasn't sure he was going to be granted a sixth year of eligibility, so he participated in senior day activities. Then he would up playing in 2009.

So Williams will experience the emotions of senior day again Saturday before Purdue plays Michigan State.

"I guess it's exciting again," Williams said with a smile. "The first senior day was fun. I guess this senior day will be even better. I'm just excited to go out and play at Ross-Ade one last time and hopefully play a game that gives the Boilermakers something to cheer about."

Williams joked his mom is excited to get two senior day jerseys.

Williams is one of 21 seniors who will participate in the pre-game ceremonies. That includes Jason Werner, who likely will have a repeat experience next season. Werner likely will apply for a sixth season of eligibility and play in 2010.

Still, the day is expected to be emotion packed for the senior class.

"It's bittersweet," running back Jaycen Taylor said. "Excited that I'm playing, sad that it'll be the last one here at Ross-Ade. Excited again that it means I'm done, then sad that it means I'm done. Ups and downs a little bit."

Looking sharp

Taylor, Williams and quarterback Joey Elliott -- who were all in Tuesdays press conference -- said they intend to look good for Saturday's festivities.

"First thing on my to-do list is to get a haircut," Elliott said.

Ditto for Taylor and Williams, though none of them is rocking a shaggy 'do.

Taylor said he's like to get a mohawk, which is the style he sported two years ago. But his hair isn't really long enough for that, so he may settle for just getting a design cut into his hair. Look for a No. 33 to be engrained.

Williams joked he's "past that stage" of getting a design in his hair. He is teased for being the grandpa on the team, after all.

"I'll get cleaned up real nice and look pretty professional for my mom and the photographers," Williams said. "(Without a haircut), my mom will get real made at me. Don't want that."

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