Though Purdue won't finish near the top of the Big Ten, coach Danny Hope thinks he still has players who warrant consideration for all-Big Ten honors.
With one week left to play, defensive end Ryan Kerrigan leads the league with 11 sacks and receiver Keith Smith leads in receptions and yards per game.
Hope said Smith's numbers "speak for themselves." Smith has 86 catches for 1,015 yards. Ditto for Kerrigan.
"He's a dominant player in our league," Hope said of Kerrigan. "I think those guys are no-brainers (for first team)."
Hope said kicker Carson Wiggs' selection is harder to judge because Wiggs has attempted some field goals other kickers wouldn't. Wiggs has made 13 field goals but he has five attempts from at least 50 yards.
Hope also thinks senior defensive tackle Mike Neal and quarterback Joey Elliott are viable candidates for postseason honors.
Neal has five sacks, though he's been double-teamed much of the season.
"I've been a line coach many, many years and I think he's one of the best defensive tackles I've been around," Hope said. "He's certainly one of the best defensive players at his position in our league."
Elliott has been a pleasant surprise, considering he hadn't started a game until this season. But he leads the Big Ten with 256.5 passing yards per game in 11 games, and his 18 TD passes are second in the league.
"He has played as well as anyone in the league and better than most," Hope said.
Big Ten honors will be announced Nov. 23.