The final edition of the best Purdue football players by numbers, this week Nos. 91-99, features two active NFL defensive standouts, one of the stars of the 1943 undefeated Big Ten championship team and the man who became known as "Mr. Purdue."
No. 91
The pick: Blaine Smith
Smith emerged as one of the Big Ten's finest defensive ends as a junior, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors. He would repeat that feat in 1976, most notably helping Purdue's defense hold top-ranked Michigan to 14 points in an upset victory.
Honorable mention: Defensive tackle Melvin Menke (1981-84) was a standout on Joe Tiller's defense as a senior, helping the Boilermakers reach the Peach Bowl.
No. 92
The pick: Craig Terrell
A four-year starter at defensive tackle from 2000-03, Terrill blocked the field goal try in overtime at Wisconsin that was returned for the game-winning touchdown by Ashante Woodyard during Purdue's run to the 2000 Big Ten championship. His 20.5 sacks rank seventh all-time and his 35.5 career tackles for loss rank 13th. A second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2003, Terrill was a sixth-round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks, where he stayed through 2010.
Honorable mention: Defensive end Gary Hrivnak was dominant during his junior season in 1971, recording 15 tackles for loss and earning first-team All-Big Ten honors. A second-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 1973, Hrivnak played four seasons . . .  Brad Hornor was a four-year starter at nose guard from 1982-85. His 13 tackles for loss helped Purdue earn a Peach Bowl berth in 1984 and earned him second-team All-Big Ten honors . . . Defensive tackle Mike Neal (2006-09) matched Cliff Avril with 13 career sacks to rank 14th all-time. He played for the Green Bay Packers from 2010-15.
No. 93
The pick: Kawann Short
Short was the model for future defensive tackles at Purdue. Athletic enough at 6-3, 314 pounds to block a school record eight kicks, Short was a powerful pass rusher whose 19.5 career sacks and 49 tackles for loss rank in the top three for a Boilermaker defensive tackle. Short started all 50 games he played at Purdue and earned second-team All-America and first-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 2012.
High honorable mention: Defensive end Rob Ninkovich (2004-05) was one of the junior college gems recruited by Joe Tiller's staff. In two seasons he recorded 16 sacks, a total that is tied for 10th on the Purdue career list. He also shares the single-game record, with Jeff Zgonina, with seven tackles for loss in his final game at Indiana.
No. 94
The pick: Ryan Kerrigan
There's a good reason why Kerrigan is one of the youngest athletes ever inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. As a senior, Kerrigan was selected a unanimous All-America defensive end, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year after leading the nation with 26 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. As a junior, he was a first-team All-Big Ten selection for leading the nation with seven forced fumbles and recording 13 sacks. Kerrigan has started every game since Washington made him a first-round selection in 2011, and has been selected to three Pro Bowls.
High honorable mention: Calvin Clark (1977-80) was a four-year starter at defensive tackle and still ranks among Purdue's career tackles leaders with 315. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a junior and a senior.
No. 95
The pick: Alex Agase
No matter if it was the uniform of Illinois, Purdue or the United States Marine Corps, Agase was respected as a leader. He began his playing career as an All-American guard in 1942 with Illinois. Agase's enlistment in the Marines would lead him to Purdue for the 1943 season because of the V-12 training program in West Lafayette at the time. Agase earned his second All-America citation for helping lead the Boilermakers to a 9-0 record and a Big Ten championship before being called to active duty. He earned a bronze star and a purple heart while serving at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Upon his return from World War II, Agase returned to Illinois and earned his third All-American honor before launching a six-year NFL career. His coaching career included a four-year stop at Purdue, a tenure that saw his teams upset defending national champion and No. 2 Notre Dame in South Bend in 1974 and a 16-14 victory over top-ranked and Rose Bowl-bound Michigan on Nov. 6, 1976. Agase was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1963.
No. 96
The pick: Guy "Red" Mackey
It's ironic that Mackey's name has adorned Purdue's basketball arena since the early 1970s, for Mackey was a football man through and through. He was a three-year letterman as an end from 1926-28, then had various coaching duties until becoming athletic director in 1942. "Mr. Purdue," as he was called by Journal & Courier sports editor Bruce Ramey, Mackey remained in that position until his death on Feb. 22, 1971.
No. 97
The pick: Steve Baumgartner
Had there been such a thing as the Den of Defensive Ends in 1971-72, the 6-7 Baumgartner and fellow end Gary Hrivnak would have been candidates. Baumgartner joined Hrivnak and fellow future pros Dave Butz and Gregg Bingham to form an imposing defensive line in 1971. Baumgartner earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in 1972, and was one of five Boilermakers to go in the first two rounds of the 1973 NFL Draft. He played for New Orleans and Houston from 1973-79.
Honorable mention: Dennis Wirgowski (1967-69) was a two-year starter at defensive end who went on to play three seasons with the Patriots and one year with the Philadelphia Eagles.
No. 98
The pick: Matt Mitrione
A four-year starter at defensive tackle, Mitrione's 50 tackles for loss rank seventh in school history. A first-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior in 2001, Mitrione also recorded 10 career sacks.
No. 99
The pick: Jim Carter
Carter and Duane Purvis earned the nickname “Touchdown Twins” in the early 1930s. His 5.37 yards per carry average is seventh in Purdue history, just behind Purvis’ 5.43. With Carter in the backfield, Purdue went 18-4-2, including a Big Ten co-championship in 1932, from 1932-34. He was selected to the College All-Stars in 1935, an outfit that lost 5-0 to the Chicago Bears in an annual matchup with the reigning NFL champion. Carter was elected to the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1977,
Honorable mention: Veno Paraskevas (1968-70) was a three-year starting linebacker and led the Boilermakers with 85 tackles in 1969, the same season he earned first-team All-Big Ten honors . . . Defensive end Ryan Russell (2011-14) was a four-year starter who collected 10 career sacks.

Kenny Thompson is an award winning journalist who writes a weekly column for Sagamore News Media