Purdue football: Akeem Shavers happy to lead Boilermakers into his home state

by Jenni Carlson Published: December 31, 2012

That upped his season totals to 778 yards rushing and six touchdowns.

Now, he has a chance to continue that roll on home soil.

“If he keeps playing the way he's been playing,” Purdue quarterback Robert Marve said, “it'll be a good show for everybody.”

And there'll be plenty of Shavers' family and friends there to see it. He was able to get Heart of Dallas Bowl tickets for about 20 people — he'll provide for family as well as a few high school and junior college friends — but he didn't come close to filling the requests that he received.

“Man, I don't have any more tickets,” he told people who kept calling him. “I don't know what to do.”

He did the only thing he could — point them in the direction of the Purdue ticket office.

Shavers is happy to have the ticket hassle. It means he's playing back home in the Lone Star State.

“To me,” he said, “there's nothing more I could ask for.”

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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