Adversary Update: Purdue Boilermakers

The New England Patriots waived Purdue RB Akeem Shavers. Shavers rans for 871 yards and scored 6 TD’s last year on the Boilermakers. He was previously Darrell Hazelllet go by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this offseason.

The Orlando Sentinel ranks Purdue 78th heading into the 2013 season. This preview details the rebuilding job new coach Darrell Hazell has on his hands.

In Pat Forde’s article spotlighting schedules around the NCAA, he has the following to say about Purdue’s slate:

“Michigan State and Purdue are looking at diametrically opposite schedules over the first two-thirds of the season. The Spartans only play one FBS team in the first eight games that had a winning record in 2012 (at Notre Dame on Sept. 21). The Boilermakers only play one team in the first eight games that didn’t go to a bowl game in 2012 (Indiana State on Sept. 7). Advantage, Sparty.”

Rivals currently ranks Purdue’s 2014 Football Class 89th in the nation. It consists of two two-star wide receiver commits. Purdue’s 2013 Basketball Class finished ranked 24th with 61st ranked Kendall Stephens leading the way:

2012 Game Preview – Purdue

What to watch on offense

Danny Hope was an assistant under former Purdue HC Joe Tiller from 1997-2001. Hope returned to Purdue in 2007 as the named successor to Joe Tiller who retired a year later. DHope PurdueAn OL coach by trade, Hope maintained Tiller’s spread offense but has incorporated a zone based running attack to create some balance offensively. Purdue is still among the conference leaders in passing but they are no longer completely dependent on completing passes in order to win games.

Since taking over Purdue, Danny Hope has consistently used multiple QBs. Former Miami QB Robert Marve was expected to lock down the QB position when he transferred to Purdue in 2009. Injuries and the emergence of the more athletic Caleb Terbush has lead Purdue to continue the practice of rotating QBs. Marve is the better passer and is used primarily in that role while Terbush poses a duel-threat to opposing defenses.

RB Ralph Bolden was expected to carry a heavy load this season after posting more than 700 yds a year ago. Unfortunately for Purdue, Bolden’s late season injury from a year ago has kept him out of the lineup so far this season. Bolden has been a light participate in Purdue practices this week and he has stated that he’s ready to play. Danny Hope has kept his cards close to the vest in an effort to keep the Michigan coaches in the dark about the possibility of Bolden returning on Saturday. Akeem Shavers who filled in for Bolden at the end of last season has averaged 60 yds on the ground per game this season while in a time share with sophomore Akeem Hunt.

Purdue’s receiver core lost just one player from last year’s team, returning much of the unit intact. Senior Antavian Edison is the leading receiver but far from the only weapon in the Purdue WR core. Juniors OJ Ross and Gary Bush have also played key roles helping Purdue rank 2nd in the Big 10 in passing offense.

Purdue lost its best offensive linemen from a year ago to graduation but still returns 3 starters including Honorable Mention All-Big 10 guard Peters Drey. Purdue lacks size on the offensive line, especially at the tackles. Converted DT Justin Kitchens returns at the RT but weighs in at just 275lbs while brand new LT Trevor Foy checks in at 287lbs.

Best Offensive Player

WR Antavian Edison – If he was healthy and certain to play this spot would list Ralph Bolden as the best offensive player. As it stands the best offensive player for Purdue this season has been Antavian Edison who has averaged more than 11yds per reception and scored 5 TDs this season.

Head Coach– Danny Hope-4th year

Off Coor– Gary Nord-4th year

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Adversary Recruiting (January)

Adversary Recruiting for January, 2011. Big Ten Football Recruiting

2011 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings (As of 1-1-11)

1 Ohio State University Banner Status quo, still, again. LB Shazier was a nice Christmas gift. 8 University of Illinois Banner A busy December catapults the Illini.
2 University of Notre Dame Banner Hops over Nebraska with a solid December. 9 Northwestern 3x5 Flag Decent month.
3 University of Nebraska Banner Two decommits in December. 10 Indiana University Banner Has been sinking like a stone recently.
4 University of Iowa Banner Up one spot for the second straight month. 11 Penn State University Banner Out of the cellar. Zettel was a big get.
5 University of Michigan Banner A good month amid much turmoil. 12 Purdue University Banner Holding at #12.
6 University of Wisconsin Banner An 11-1 season is doing well for them. 13 University of Minnesota Banner Had a decent December, but not much quality.
7 Michigan State University Banner Slow month for Sparty.      

December was a rather busy month recruiting wise in the Big Ten, with Illinois leading the way. The Illini had their best monthKenny Knight - Rivals.com recruiting so far, as The Fighting Zookers gained verbal commits from eight prospects. Athlete Dondi Kirby is the highest rated of the six and will end up somewhere in the Illini defensive backfield. Standing 6’3”, Kirby actually has decent skills at the corner position although most project him as a safety. He is a very aggressive tackler who does a great job in run support. Dondi did not play during the 2010 season because of a torn ACL. He also had offers from Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State and USC among others. Patrick Flavin was another big get for Illinois. Having offers from schools such as Cal, Boston College, Iowa and Oregon, Falvin is a perfect offensive lineman for the Illini offense. He is pretty quick, has good feet and can get to the second level very well. Patrick will need a redshirt to fill out, but he should be a constant on the o-line for years to come. Athlete Matt LaCosse is a very versatile athlete who could play either quarterback or tight end. He will more than likely play tight end in Champaign. At 6’6” 220lbs and running a 4.6, LaCosse will be a nightmare matchup for any linebacker or safety. The former Minnesota verbal also has offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis and Purdue among others. Illinois also received verbals from linebacker Ralph Cooper, safety Nick North, wide outs Kenny Knight and Jeremy Whitlow and defensive ends Kenny Nelson and Emmanuel Bawa.

Name Position Location High School
Kenny Knight Wide Receiver Beverly Hills, MI Country Day ratingratingrating ratingratingrating ratingratingrating
Jeremy Whitlow Wide Receiver Cleveland, OH Central Catholic ratingratingrating ratingrating
Patrick Flavin Offensive Tackle Lisle, IL Benet Academy ratingratingrating ratingratingrating ratingratingrating
Emmanuel Bawa Defensive End Hyattsville, MD Northwestern ratingratingrating ratingrating ratingratingrating
Kenny Nelson Defensive End Detroit, MI Cass Tech ratingrating
Ralph Cooper Linebacker Winnsboro, SC Fairfield Central ratingratingrating ratingratingrating ratingratingrating
Dondi Kirby Athlete Monroeville, PA Gateway ratingratingrating ratingratingratingrating ratingratingratingrating
Nick North Safety Hollywood, FL McArthur ratingratingrating ratingrating ratingratingrating

Minnesota After nearly three months, Minnesota received a slew of verbals in December. Eight prospects gave new coach Jerry Kill verbal pledges during the past month. Coach Kill is going the JC and prep school route, making it clear that the Gophers want to get players in that can see the field quickly. The two most likely to step in right away are big wide out Ge’Shun Harris and super speedy and aggressive safety Drayquan Crawford.

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