College Football Preview: The 2015 Purdue Boilermakers
Purdue Boilermakers Preview
2014 Record: 3-9 (105th of 128)
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Overview: Head coach Darrell Hazell is 4-20 as he enters his third season with the Purdue Boilermakers. Purdue is a porgrm that’s been a nice funk ever since Joe Tiller left and it may take a while to get back to being competitive in a much improved Big Ten. Purdue has won just 10 games the last three years, and it’s desperate for any type of progress being made.
Offense: Purdue ranked 111th in total offense last season, and it will come down to quarterback Austin Appleby to change that this time around. Appleby completed just 52.9 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions as a sophomore. At least he brings experience, right? Keyante Green will get a lot more carries after averaging seven yards per carry in a limited role as a freshman and Markell Jones was a highly recruited player who will see immediate playing time. Danny Anthrop returns after leading Purdue last season at wide receiver, while Cameron Posey and Gregory Phillips are poised for a bigger workload. Purdue also returns all five starters on the offensive line. Potential is the word for this unit.
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Defense: Purdue’s defense ranked 82nd in the country last year and allowed more than 30 points per game. Yikes. The good news is that Ja'Whaun Bentley proved himself as a freshman linebacker and could cement himself as one of the better defensive players in this conference. Frankie Williams is a playmaker in the secondary and brings experience entering his senior year, while Jake Replogle racked up 11 tackles for loss last season. Ryan Watson and Jake Replogle add depth along the defensive line, and Anthony Brown is a solid corner with 13 pass deflections the last two seasons. Purdue has some guys who can play on the defensive side of the ball but like anything with this team it’s going to take big time patience.
Special Teams: Paul Griggs returns at kicker after making 80 percent of 20 field goal attempts. Thomas Meadows returns at punter after averaging 39.7 yards on 58 punts.
Overall: I like Hazell and think he’s doing an OK job with the Boilermakers in limited time. It’s going to take baby steps, as there’s simply not enough above-average talent on this team to seriously compete with the big boys of the Big Ten. Expect Purdue to hang in there, but it’s likely going to be a third straight season without a bowl appearance.