Preview 2018: Purdue Boilermakers. That Was Great. Now Do It Again

Preview 2018: Purdue Boilermakers. That Was Great. Now Do It Again

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Preview 2018: Purdue Boilermakers. That Was Great. Now Do It Again


What You Need To Know About The Purdue Defense

– There’s a whole lot of work for defensive coordinators Anthony Poindexter and Nick Holt to do, but they’re excellent coaches who can rebuild in a hurry – hopefully – with seven of the top ten tacklers gone.

It starts with the defensive front, with Lorenzo Neal back at one tackle spot, but loses Gelen Robinson on the inside and the top ends on the outside. The pass rush was okay last season and the line was able to get behind the line, but more pressure is a must even with all the new players.

– The linebacking corps will be solid around all-star Markus Bailey, but they have to replace leading tackler Ja’Whaun Bentley and thumper T.J. McCollum. Derrick Barnes got his feet wet in his freshman season, and now he needs to shine on the outside and the depth has to quickly emerge at all three spots.

– The safeties are sound, the corners are a question mark. The secondary that struggled for the Big Ten’s second-worst pass defense at least has hitters in Navon Mosley and Jacob Thieneman. But the team picked off just ten passes, and now both starters are done. Unless the pass rush is great, the new corners are in for a rough start.

Biggest Key To The Purdue Defense

The pressure has to come from the defensive front right away. The sacks started to kick in over the second half of the season, but it took a while. It didn’t matter in the dominant win over Missouri, but the defense didn’t get to Drew Lock, and it didn’t get to Lamar Jackson in the loss to Louisville, either.

There were four sacks against Michigan, but there were fewer than two sacks in six of the first seven games before cranking up 22 over the last six. If Clayton Thorson is back, dealing with Northwestern and Lock and Missouri in the first three games will be a problem with now pressure.

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