Ryan Walters was announced as the new head coach of Purdue Tuesday, and in his first press conference Wednesday he made it known how much of honor it is to be coaching the Boilermakers.

Walters joined Purdue after a two-year stint as defensive coordinator for Illinois, where he put together one of the top defenses in the country this season. The Fighting Illini led the nation in points allowed per game (12.3) and were second in total offensive yards allowed per game (263.8) under Walters.

“This is real life huh? This has been a dream, I feel like I’ve been floating the past couple of days,” Walters said. “This is real. This is awesome. This is a dream come true.”

It was inevitable that Walters would land a head coaching job somewhere, and when Jeff Brohm left for Louisville, it was an easy choice for Purdue to make in hiring Walters.