2014 PURDUE FOOTBALL PREVIEW
June 14, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
2013 Record: (1-11, 0-8)
Needless to say, it was a bad year for Purdue football. The Boilermakers finished last in the Big Ten in scoring, total offense and rushing in 2013. Purdue also won just one game, went winless in the conference and are on a 10 game losing streak. The only direction Purdue can go is up! With Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Southern Illinois on the schedule early, Purdue may start 3-1 before they begin Big Ten play against Iowa.
The offense struggled in 2013 scoring only 14.9 points per game. They averaged only 282.9 yards of total offense, 67.1 yards rushing. Believe it or not, the Purdue offense has potential at the skill positions. Sophomore QB Danny Etling is back after throwing for 1,690 yards and ten touchdowns. Etling will also have Receivers DeAngelo Yancey and Danny Anthrop returning as his main targets. Yancey caught 32 passes for 546 yards. Anthrop had only 17 receptions, but can stretch the field with his speed and quickness. Raheem Mostert and Akeem Hunt will be used as running backs/wide receivers. Mostert is a Big Ten Indoor track champion and Hunt is the team’s top rusher, carrying the ball 123 times for 464 yards. The offensive line returns three starters including LG Jordan Roos (6-5 320), C Robert Kugler (6-3 284) and RG Jason King (6-3 300).
Again the schedule is softer and that will help Purdue early. Another year in Darrell Hazell’s system will help Etling and the offense. We will find out a lot about the Boilermakers by the time they play Iowa on September 27th.