Kyle Adams admits he was slacking.
A human resources class in a lecture hall with his best friends.
"I just didn't really have the motivation for one reason or another," Adams says now. "I did not study enough.
"My parents never forgave me."
And then the smirk. And smile.
Senior Adams' only blemish was that human resources class -- his 3.97 GPA helped him earn a spot on the first team as a ESPN Football Academic All-American, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Tuesday.
Teammate Joe Holland, a junior, was named to the second team with a 3.99 GPA.
"We started the season off with a 2.92 cum for a football team," coach Danny Hope said. "That's really important, and those guys are great ambassadors. It's really hard to become an academic All-American. You have to be a good player and you have to be an almost perfect student. I think Joe Holland has had one A-minus or B since he's been at Purdue. That's how hard it is. It's huge for our team and program and (I'm) really proud of those guys. It's just exceptional."