Purdue Boilermakers 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
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Purdue Boilermakers 2016 Preview
Darrell Hazell and the Purdue Boilermakers look to surprise the naysayers in 2016.
Overview: The Boilermakers have gone 6-30 under Hazell so the question is how much rope does he have left. The prospects for a turnaround in 2016 are slim but even some improvement would be a huge step forward.
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Offense: Terry Malone takes over as Purdue’s offensive coordinator in what looks like a pass heavy attack which means quarterback David Blough will be under the gun to avoid mistakes and complete passes or in a nutshell; move the football. The Boilermakers return plenty at receiver with DeAngelo Yancey leading the way with 48 catches for 700 yards followed by Cameron Posey and Domonique Young combining for 55 catches for over 500 yards. RB Markell Jones did a little of everything for Purdue with 875 rushing yards while catching 34 passes for 239 yards. Three starters are back on the offensive line but the Boilermakers could have problems if injuries strike.
Defense: The Boilermakers were not give much positive ink in recent years and perhaps deservedly so but the defensive line returns four of their top five from last season led by Jake Replogle and Glenn Robinson with a combined 23 TFL while Evan Panfil and Antoine Miles adding 12 TFL and eight sacks. Every linebacker that saw the field for Purdue is back with Andy James Garcia, Ja’Whaun Bentley and Jimmy Herman combining for 17.5 TFL. The Boilermakers secondary was actually decent but faded as the season matured and will lean on SS Leroy Clark with eleven passes defensed while Da’Wan Hunte is a top corner.
Special Teams: Joe Schopper takes over as punter and JD Dellinger is Purdue’s new placekicker while Tariio Fuller and Jack Wegher will bring back punts and kicks respectively.
Outlook: The Boilermakers have a chance to do well early but as the season moves along the wins will be tougher to come by so don’t expect many more then three victories.
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