Appeared in all 13 games, making nine starts ... finished with 30 tackles, including 7.0 for losses with 3.0 sacks ... had one stop, an assisted TFL, against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 3 ... had two tackles, including a TFL, at Rice on Sept. 10 ... finished with five tackles, including 1.5 for losses, against Southeast Missouri on Sept. 17 ... had a career-high seven tackles at Penn State on Oct. 15 ... finished with three tackles at Michigan on Oct. 29 ... recorded his first sack of the season and was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the week after blocked extra point forced overtime against Ohio State on Nov. 12 ... recorded second sack against Iowa on Nov. 19 ... tied career high with 2.0 tackles for loss, including a sack, and finished with five tackles at Indiana on Nov. 26.
Appeared in all 12 games, starting the final 10 games as a true freshman ... finished with 26 total tackles, including 15 solo stops, 4.5 for loss with 1.0 sack ... finished with three assisted tackles against Western Illinois on Sept. 11 ... had four tackles in first career start against Ball State on Sept. 18 ... had two solo tackles, including one for loss, at Northwestern on Oct. 9 ... posted a season-high five tackles at Illinois on Oct. 30 ... finished with three solo tackles, including 2.0 for loss, against Michigan on Nov. 13 ... recorded first career sack against Indiana on Nov. 27.
Listed as the No. 9 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 91 overall prospect nationally by Tom Lemming of maxpreps.com ... Illinois Defensive Player of the Year by Lemming ... three-star prospect, No. 42 defensive tackle and No. 10 recruit from Illinois by Rivals.com ... three-star recruit and No. 37 defensive tackle nationally by Scout ... three-star prospect and No. 71 defensive tackle by ESPN ... All-Chicago Area by Chicago Sun-Times and ESPNChicago.com ... Chicago Tribune All-State selection as senior ... recorded 99 tackles, including 16 sacks, senior season ... coach was Todd Kuska.
Given name is Bruce Verdell Gaston Jr. ... born Nov. 29, 1991 ... law and society major.
02/17/2014 - 2014 NFL COMBINE SNUB: Defensive Tackle - Bruce Gaston, Purdue...After a notable junior season playing next to Kawann Short, Gaston had a ho-hum senior season as he struggled to adjust to Purdue's new 3-4 defensive scheme. He looks the part and has good snap quickness to attack gaps and keep his hips low to anchor at the point of attack. Gaston had a positive week at the East-West Shrine game and is considered draftable. OTHER DT SNUBS: Calvin Barnett (Oklahoma State), Wade Keliikipi (Oregon), Beau Allen) - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com