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Gold and Black Illustrated Volume 28, Digital 5

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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 5 7 Sophomore guard Carsen Edwards won the Jerry West Award April 6, recognizing him as the nation's top shooting guard. The All-Big Ten Edwards was a several-time All-American this season, after averaging a team-best 18.5 points per game. Photos by Charles Jischke/Purdue Athletics (Edwards, summer); Tom Campbell (spring game); New Orleans Saints (Brees) Kyle Charters (Robinson); Purdue Athletics (baseball) Despite unseasonably cool weather, it was at least sunny April 7 when Purdue's offense beat the defense 42-36 in a modified scoring system for the spring game. The defense almost scored a comeback win, after Dedrick Mackey returned an interception for a touchdown. Drew Brees signed a two-year, $50-million contract extension March 13 to stay in New Orleans, where he's likely to end his career. The contract includes $27 million guaranteed. Brees could have sought to leave — a report had an undisclosed team offering $60 million — but chose to stay a Saint. Can Purdue keep its draft streak, now at 20 consecutive years, going? That will depend on whether the NFL covets a former Boilermaker like Gelen Robinson (pictured), Eddy Wilson, Ja'Whaun Bentley, Dave Steinmetz or a number of other possibilities. Purdue baseball certainly would like to be playing in Omaha for the College World Series. First, though, the Boilermakers would have to earn a spot in the Big Ten Tournament, held May 23-27 in Omaha. The top eight conference teams qualify for the league's postseason tourney. The Boilermakers start summer work outs on June 11, when the summer school module begins on the Purdue campus. Then, Jeff Brohm will welcome back his returnees, plus the 20-plus newcomers who will make up the 2018 team. Exclusive Club Just four schools have the distinction of winning a 2017-18 bowl game and making the 2018 Sweet 16: Purdue: Foster Farms Bowl (Ari- zona, 38-35) Kansas State: Cactus Bowl (UCLA, 35-17) Florida State: Inde- pendence Bowl (South- ern Miss, 42-13) Duke: Quick Lane (Northern Illinois, 36-14)

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