Purdue Boilermakers College Football Preview 2021: Defense
– Brad Lambert is a terrific get as the new defensive coordinator. The former Charlotte head coach has been great for the Marshall D over the last two years, and now he should do wonders for a group that was last in the Big Ten in sacks but allowed just under 400 yards and 30 points per game.
– The defensive front three has the ends. George Karlaftis only made two sacks last season, but he should push for double-digits if everything else goes right, and there are enough prospects on the other side to take the heat off. Losing Lorenzo Neal on the nose takes away a big 325-pound body – it’ll take a rotation to replace him.
– Leading tackler Derrick Barnes is gone from the linebacking corps, but second-leading tackler Jaylan Alexander and No. 3 man DaMarcus Mitchell – the team’s top tackler for loss with six – are back after combining for 82 tackles.
Cam Allen is a solid all-around safety – he led the team with two interceptions to go along with 27 tackles – and getting back starting corners Cory Trice and Dedrick Mackey is a huge plus.