WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue Heisman Trophy candidate Rondale Moore earned two major Big Ten Conference honors Wednesday as he was named the Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year and the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year.
Moore is the first Boilermaker to be recognized as the Big Ten's best receiver and the fifth to be selected the top freshman, joining quarterback Brian Fox (1988), quarterback Eric Hunter (1989), running back Corey Rogers (1991) and safety Stuart Schweigert (2000).
Moore also earned first-team All-Big Ten honors by both the coaches and the media, becoming the first Purdue wide receiver so honored since Keith Smith in 2009. Moore was named first-team return specialist Tuesday.
It has been a memorable season for Moore, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week four times - following games against Northwestern, No. 23 Boston College, No. 2 Ohio State and Indiana. He is one of five finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, which is presented annually to the most versatile player in college football, and was a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award (nation's outstanding player) and the Biletnikoff Award (outstanding college football receiver).
Moore leads the nation with 103 receptions, the second-most in a season by a Big Ten player. Chris Daniels of Purdue holds the record with 121 in 1999. Moore leads the conference with 1,164 receiving yards (10th nationally and fourth in school history) and 12 receiving touchdowns (tied for seventh nationally and tied for fourth in school history) and ranks second with 2,048 all-purpose yards (fourth nationally and second in school history) and 13 total touchdowns (tied for 11th in school history). Moore has seven 100-yard receiving games, tied for the most in a season in Purdue annals.
The last Purdue player to lead the Big Ten in receptions was Smith (91) in 2009, and the last to lead the country was running back Rodney Carter (98) in 1985. The only other Boilermaker to lead the country was tight end Dave Young (67) in 1980.
Moore has possessed the football 162 times and is averaging 12.6 yards per touch. He has 30 plays of 20 or more yards, including a 76-yard touchdown rush and a 70-yard scoring reception. Moore is the Boilermakers' third-leading rusher (18 carries for 203 yards, 11.3 average) and tops the team in kickoff returns (30 for 599 yards, 20.0 average) and punt returns (11 for 82 yards, 7.5 average).
Purdue completed the regular season with a 6-6 overall record and a 5-3 Big Ten mark, its first winning conference campaign since 2006 and good for a second-place tie in the West Division (with Iowa and Wisconsin). It marks the Boilermakers' highest finish since divisional alignment began in 2013.
The Boilermakers are heading to their second bowl game in as many seasons under head coach Jeff Brohm and will learn their destination and opponent Sunday.
The Receiver of the Year Award is named for Wisconsin's Pat Richter and Michigan's Desmond Howard, while the Freshman of the Year Award is named for Minnesota's Darrell Thompson and Indiana's Antwaan Randle El.
Purdue Season Receptions
121 – Chris Daniels, 1999
103 – Rondale Moore, 2018
Purdue Season Receiving Yards
1,307 – John Standeford, 2002
1,236 – Chris Daniels, 1999
1,228 – Brian Alford, 1997
1,164 – Rondale Moore, 2018
Purdue Season Receiving Touchdowns
16 – Taylor Stubblefield, 2004
13 – Vinny Sutherland, 2000
13 – John Standeford, 2002
12 – Brian Alford, 1996
12 – Rondale Moore, 2018
Purdue Season All-Purpose Yards
2,121 – Dorien Bryant, 2007
2,048 – Rondale Moore, 2018
Purdue 100-Yard Receiving Games
7 – Steve Griffin, 1984
7 – John Standeford, 2002
7 – Rondale Moore, 2018