College Football Preview: The 2014 Purdue Boilermakers
The Boilermakers have plenty of experience back in 2014.
2014 College Football Preview
Darrell Hazell enters his second season with plenty of questions after a dismal 1-11 season in 2013.
Overview: Purdue did not have much success on either side of the football in 2013 with the lone win coming against sub division Indiana State who also finished 1-11. There is experience on the team but can the same players from a year ago show improvement in the win column?
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Offense: Quarterback Danny Etling enters his second year needing to improve his accuracy while getting the ball downfield. Etling threw for 1,690 yards for ten scores and seven picks on less then 56% completions. The top seven receivers return but there were few plays were explosive. The rushing attack could be considered four yards and a cloud of dust with leading runner Akeem Hunt (123-464) averaging only 3.8 yards per touch. The offensive line loses four of the top five with three players back that have starting experience.
Defense: The defensive line needs some bodies with three of the top four departing that played in 12 games apiece. The linebacking unit loses top tackler Will Lucas (61.5 T) with the next two combing for 65 stops. Experience can be found in the secondary with seven of eight returning but the bottom line for the defense as a whole is there are no big plays being made and there is not one area where the Boilermakers were strong.
Special Teams: Purdue needs a punter and arguably a placekicker unless Paul Griggs can improve on 2013's 6-12 effort. Akeem Hunt is a solid kick returner and Frankie Williams averaged almost 17 yards on five punt returns.
Outlook: I believe the Boilermakers have a few winnable games on the schedule but nothing looks to be a rock solid win. I can see a few wins and anything more would surprise me.