2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 58 Purdue Boilermakers
The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Purdue Boilermakers
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No. 58: Purdue Boilermakers
Purdue Boilermakers Prespring Status
There were moments when it looked like things were about to turn under Darrell Hazell. The offense was decent through the air, the team kept up in a few shootouts after starting out 3-2, and there appeared to be hope early on, until there wasn’t. The second half of the year was a brutal display of bad defense in a seven-game losing streak to close out the year, but now there’s hope. In comes Jeff Brohm from Western Kentucky, and now he’ll try to bring that same offensive magic that led the way to two straight Conference USA titles.
Does Brohm have the guys in place to make his attack fly? Not really, but he’s got a good quarterback in QB David Blough, a young group of receivers waiting in the wings, and RB Markell Jones leading a veteran backfield. His defense is missing a few key linemen, but gets back eight starters. When it comes to the offense, there might be some new guys looking to make an impact, but the concern is …
Purdue Boilermakers Biggest Issue
Wide receiver. DeAngelo Yancey was excellent, averaging over 19 yards per catch with ten scores. He’s done, along with the top three targets and four of the top five receivers. Tight end Cole Herdman is a decent short-range option, and again, there are veterans coming back and a whole slew of young players for Brohm and his staff to work with, but Blough might need a little while to get in sync with them.
Purdue Boilermakers Biggest Positive
The linebacking corps. Losing Jake Replogle and his energy off the defensive interior is a big issue, and Evan Panfil is gone, too, from the nose. However, the linebacking corps could be outstanding, with leading tackler Markus Bailey back along with Danny Ezechukwu and Ja’Whaun Bentley. Making things even better is the graduate transfer of T.J. McCollum from WKU, who followed Brohm over after making 85 tackles last season and leading the team in 2015.
Really, Why Are The Purdue Boilermakers Ranked Here?
Just how quickly can Brohm really turn around the program that can’t seem to be turned around? The Boilermakers have to be able to hold up for a full four quarters, and they need to be far more physical on the lines, but under Brohm, they should be able to bomb their way into a few extra wins this year – at least that’s the hope. This should be the best Purdue team in a few years, but that’s not saying a whole lot.