WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Purdue football players have chosen quarterback Curtis Painter, defensive tackles Ryan Baker and Jeremiah Guynn and wide receiver Joe Whitest to be team captains.
Purdue coach Joe Tiller normally waits until the end of training camp to hold the vote, but this year he held it at a recent team meeting. Tiller, in his final year as coach, said in a news release that it is important that the team's leaders be known earlier than usual this season.
"Because we are in the midst of what I consider an important summer for us, and because training camp will be vital for us, I decided we needed to have established leaders now as opposed to later," he said. "And there is no question that our players picked four quality guys."
Baker, Guynn and Painter all are entering their fifth season with the Boilermakers, while Whitest is set to begin his third year after transferring to Purdue.
Baker won the team's Pit Bull Award for tenacity and intense play during the springs of 2007 and 2008. He has been named Academic All-Big Ten each of the last three seasons.
Guynn was the 2006 Pit Bull Award winner and is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He joined the Boilermakers as a walk-on in 2004 and was awarded a scholarship at the conclusion of training camp in 2005.
Painter has started the Boilermakers' last 32 games. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 2007 Motor City Bowl after setting a school record with 546 passing yards in Purdue's 51-48 victory over Central Michigan.
Purdue opens training camp Aug. 10, and the season opener is Sept. 6, at home against Northern Colorado.