Fiu, Cirminiello, Mitchell on TV - Campus Insiders | Buy College Football Tickets

2014 Purdue Recruiting Class Analysis

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 12, 2014


Purdue Boilermakers 2014 ... Head Coach: Darrell Hazell


Purdue Boilermakers  

2014 Schedule
8/30 Western Michigan
9/6 Central Michigan
9/13 at Notre Dame
9/20 Southern Illinois
9/27 Iowa
10/4 at Illinois
10/11 Michigan State
10/18 at Minnesota
10/25 OPEN DATE
11/1 at Nebraska
11/8 Wisconsin
11/15 OPEN DATE
11/22 Northwestern
11/29 at Indiana

2013 Record: 1-11
8/31 at Cincinnati L 42-7
9/7 Indiana State W 20-14
9/14 Notre Dame L 31-24
9/21 at Wisconsin L 41-10
9/28 Northern Illinois L 55-24
10/5 OPEN DATE
10/12 Nebraska L 44-7
10/19 at Michigan St L 14-0
10/26 OPEN DATE
11/2 Ohio State L 56-0
11/9 Iowa L 38-14
11/16 at Penn State L 45-21
11/23 Illinois L 20-16
11/30 at Indiana L 56-36
Purdue | The 2014 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2014: Basically, everything but the punting game needs help. The offense has to get nasty up front. That might be tough with both starting tackles gone, but the Boilermakers have to be much, much more physical after averaging a mere 67 yards per game on the ground. The defense wasn’t a prize, either, finishing second-to-last in the nation in third down D allowing teams to convert a whopping 57% of the time.

The 2014 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive back. The pass defense was one of the few areas that wasn’t a complete and utter disaster, but the recruiting class is still loaded up with good corner prospects with Brandon Roberts out of Georgia and Cedric Dale from Texas. Linebacker JaWhaun Bentley is going to eventually lead the team in tackles and be a sideline-to-sideline force once he adds a little weight. Center Kirk Barron is going to be one of the keys to the future of the line, while guard Martesse Patterson is a good one out of Columbus.

2013 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 66. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive line. Two years ago Danny Hope went big on beefing up the defensive front. New head coach Darrell Hazell is getting an even bigger haul for the front wall with eight prospects coming in - but don't expect an immediate impact. Tackles Antoine Miles and Johnny Daniels need time to get bigger for the interior, while Danny Ezechukwu out of Georgia has the potential to be a pass rushing terror down the line. The offense isn't being ignored with running backs Keyante Green and David Yancey to pack a 1-2 punch by 2016.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 61. That Class Was Heavy On ... After years of mostly going after the defensive side, the coaching staff is trying to improve the offense. Danny Hope has a few nice quarterback prospects about to sign on, while the receiving corps is loaded with as many good options as the program has had in several years. Tight end will be the strength with Ryan Morris and JUCO transfer Greg Latta good enough to play right away. Ryan Watson is a terrific guard prospect and a huge get for down the road, while JUCO transfer Devin Smith is expected to see time at tackle now. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 74. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. The skill positions got some instant depth with JUCO transfer Akeem Shavers at running back and JUCO transfer tight end Sterling Carter, and Akeem Hunt ill be the team’s star back in the near future. Defensively, the success of recent Boilermaker linemen helped get Robert Kugler, the star of the class and a dangerous pass rushing prospect, while Randy Gregory could be a good one with time in the weight room. 315-pound Michael Rouse will someday be the anchor of the defensive front.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 48. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. Head coach Danny Hope went big on the defensive linemen last year, and this year he came up with a big class of defensive backs signing seven including Ricardo Allen, a good corner who might be too good to keep on the bench as a freshman. Out of all the defensive backs brought in, only one true safety, E.J. Johnson, was signed. It's Purdue, so the offense is never going to be ignored and Hope brought in QB Sean Robinson, a big, athletic passer, and a good receiver in O.J. Ross.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 64. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive linemen. Purdue hasn’t stopped anyone’s running game in a few years, and now it’s time to give it a try. That’s not to say there haven’t been good linemen flowing through the program, but most of the stars have been pass rushers. JUCO transfer Kris Cooke should be an instant upgrade for the interior, while Eric McDaniel and Brandon Taylor will be the foundation for future defenses. Xavier Melton and Cody Davis aren’t bad tackle prospects, either.

at Indiana 56, Purdue 36
Basically … Indiana got six touchdown passes from Tre Roberson and blew up over the first 40 minutes, getting up 49-9 with Shane Wynn scoring three times and Stephen Houston running for scores from 53 and 14 yards out. Purdue hunt around early on with a one-yard Justin Sinz touchdown catch and a Paul Griggs field goal, but the deficit was way too much to overcome. Purdue got three Danny Etling touchdown passes late.
- Indiana QB Tre Roberson completed 25-of-37 passes for 273 yards and six touchdowns with two picks, and he ran 21 times for 154 yards.
- Purdue QB Danny Etling completed 33-of-49 passes for 485 yards and four scores.
- Purdue WR Danny Anthrop caught five passes for 151 yards and DeAngelo Yancey caught 11 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.
- Three Hoosiers ran for over 100 yards. The offense converted 16-of-18 third down chances.

Illinois 20, at Purdue 16
Basically … Illinois overcame a slew of big mistakes and four turnovers with a huge day from Steve Hull, who caught touchdown passes from three and 30 yards out. Taylor Zalewski pushed the Illini ahead in the fourth quarter on two field goals, and Purdue’s offense couldn’t answer. The Boilermakers started out the scoring early on a 62-yard touchdown run from Akeem Hunt and an eight-yard Cameron Posey touchdown catch, but the O didn’t score after the first quarter.
- Illinois WR Steve Hull caught ten passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
- Purdue QB Danny Etling completed 20-of-29 passes for 163 yards and a score with a pick.
- Purdue was outgained 380 yards to 283, but it only turned it over once. Illinois turned it over four times.
- Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase completed 24-of-30 passes for 257 yards and two score with two picks, and he ran ten times for 19 yards.

at Penn State 45, Purdue 21
Basically … Penn State took control early on short touchdown runs from Bill Belton and Zach Zwinak, and stayed comfortably ahead on two more Zwinak scoring runs and an eight-yard Adam Breneman touchdown catch. Purdue kept it from being a blowout on a two-yard Justin Sinz catch and was helped by a kickoff return for a score from Raheem Mostert, but the defense couldn’t get off the field. The Boilermakers threatened with an 11-yard Danny Etling run to pull within seven in the third, but Penn State scored 17 unanswered points.
- Penn State RB Zach Zwinak ran 26 times for 149 yards and three scores.
- Penn State outgained Purdue 289 rushing yards to 38
- Purdue QB Danny Etling completed 21-of-33 passes for 223 yards and a score with a pick.
- Penn State converted 10-of-12 third down chances and held the ball for 36:29. Purdue converted 4-of-11 third down tries.

Iowa 38, at Purdue 14
Basically … Iowa broke open a 7-7 game with 31 straight points helped by touchdown runs from Mark Weisman and C.J. Beathard and a 22-yard Kevonte Martin-Manley touchdown catch. Purdue tied it at seven in the second quarter on a two-yard Kurt Freytag touchdown catch, and Danny Anthrop closed out the game with a 44-yard touchdown catch with 51 seconds to play.
- Iowa outgained Purdue 318 rushing yards to 53 and averaged 6.1 yards per run to 1.9.
- Iowa came up with nine tackles for loss, Purdue came up with four. Christian Kirksey led the Hawkeyes with eight tackles with a recovered fumble.
- Iowa RB Jordan Canzeri ran 20 times for 165 yards and a touchdown. Damon Bullock added ten carries for 85 yards.
- Purdue RB Brandon Cottom ran 12 times for a team-leading 28 yards.

Ohio State 56 at Purdue 0, Nov. 2
Basically … The Buckeyes kicked off the scoring with a 33-yard interception return from Doran Grant in the opening minute and never looked back in a historically lopsided win over Purdue. Before giving way to Kenny Guiton, QB Braxton Miller threw four first-half touchdown passes, helping extend Ohio State’s nation’s-best winning streak to 21 games.
- The Buckeyes outgained the Boilermakers 640-116.
- Purdue rookie QB Danny Etling struggled all day, completing 13-of-29 passes for just 89 yards and the pick-six by Grant.
- Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde needed just eight carries to rush for 111 yards.
- The 56-point margin of victory was the largest in the series history between Ohio State and Purdue.

Michigan State

at Michigan State 14 … Purdue 0
Basically … Nothing worked for the Michigan State offense, but the defense did the job with Denicos Allen returning a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter for all the points needed. The Spartan offense showed up in the fourth quarter with a five-yard Andrew Gleichert touchdown catch, but it was a struggle.
- Welcome back, Michigan State offense. You were missed. Just when it seemed like a corner was turned, the Spartan offense failed to show up against a miserable Purdue defense, gaining just 294 yards of total offense and coming up with just one scoring drive. Fortunately, the defense, as always, never let this get interesting.
- There’s just no push from the Purdue offensive line. Michigan State is the wrong team to get the offense healthy, but there’s no room for the running game. Akeem Hunt ran for 43 yards on nine carries, but there was no flow to the attack. There wasn’t any ability to establish the ground game – there needs to be.
- Things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better for the boilermakers with Ohio State up next. The defense might have come up with one of its best games of the season, but unless the offense finds anything that works, or if the D can’t start coming up with takeaways, it’s going to be another ugly week.
- The Spartan defense destroyed the Purdue offensive front. The pressure was coming from several sides with Shilique Calhoun the main man with one sack and constant pressure. The team came up with five sacks, and the production will have to continue to stop Nathan Scheelhaase and the Illinois offense next week.

Nebraska 44, at Purdue 7
Basically … Nebraska ran the ball 56 times and scored the first 44 points with Imani Cross scoring on two short scores and Ameer Abdullah, King Frazier and Tommy Armstrong each rushing for touchdowns. Quincy Enunwa added an eight-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth. Purdue didn’t get on the board until the final minute on a DeAngelo Yancey 55-yard play.
- Missing Taylor Martinez hasn’t been a problem. Ron Kellogg completed 10-of-13 passes for 141 yards and a score, and the running game controlled the game with 251 yards and conversion after conversion. The problem? Tommy Armstrong struggled completing just 6-of-18 passes with three picks.
- Purdue’s offense failed to keep up the pace in any way and failed to slow down any Husker momentum. Danny Etling completed just 14-of-35 passes, mainly because he was under pressure all game long, and the running game went nowhere netting just 32 yards on 25 carries.
- Randy Gregory set the tone for the Huskers with two of the team’s five sacks, but it was a total team defensive effort with almost few missed stops.
- Purdue needs an identity. It’s not able to find anything offensively it can do well on a regular basis, and the defense isn’t getting pressure, it’s not coming up with big hits, and while it came up with three interceptions, it’s not generating any key stops. Nebraska didn’t have to breathe very hard to get the blowout road win.

Northern Illinois 55, at Purdue 24
Basically … Jordan Lynch threw three touchdown passes with two to Da’Ron Brown, and the defense and special teams got in the act in the second half with Jimmie Ward returning a pick 62 yards for a touchdown and Tommylee Lewis returning a kickoff 99 yards for a score on the way to a 41-10 NIU lead. Purdue had an early lead on a 44-yard Akeem Hunt touchdown catch, but a 38-3 scoring run put the game away.
- It’s the first time a current MAC team has beaten two Big Ten teams in the same season, with NIU beating Iowa to kick off the season. Watch out, America. NIU’s biggest opponent the rest of the way, on the way to another BCS game, is NIU.
- That might be it for Rob Henry under center for the Boilermakers. After struggling against Wisconsin, he completed 5-of-16 passes for 130 yards and a score with two picks. Danny Etling threw two picks, but he also completed 19-of-29 passes for 241 yards with two scores. He pushed the ball down the field better.
- Jordan Lynch didn’t have to run much, carrying the ball just nine times for 35 yards and a score. The less of a beating he has to take – completing 18-of-25 throws for 207 yards and three touchdowns – the better.
- Purdue moved the ball, cranking out 524 yards, but the five turnovers made the game a blowout. The team simply needs much, much stronger quarterback play.

at Wisconsin 41, Purdue 10
Basically … The Badgers rumbled at will as James White ran for a 70-yard score and Melvin Gordon scored from five, 27 and 15 yards out on the way to an easy win. Purdue got a 22-yard Rob Henry touchdown run and a 24-yard Paul Griggs field goal to make it 14-10 UW in the second quarter, but the Badgers scored 27 unanswered points, closing out with a five-yard Corey Clement run.
- Wisconsin got over the Arizona State debacle in a hurry. The offense got the ground game running like normal with Melvin Gordon running 16 times for 147 yards and three score and James White running for 145 yard and a score on 16 carries. Corey Clement almost made it a third time this year with three 100-yard backs, running for 83.
- Purdue? The downfield pass? Rob Henry didn’t even try testing the Wisconsin corners that were such a disaster the week before against Arizona State. Everything was short, everything was underneath, and none of it worked.
- Joel Stave has to be sharper. The UW QB stares down his receivers too much and he misfired in a big way a few times, particularly on a big miss to a wide open Jared Abbrederis. Even so, Stave completed 12-of-19 passes for 158 yards and a pick.
- The Purdue defense had enough problems, and then it lost star defensive back Ricardo Allen for the game. The D needs playmakers and it really, really can’t afford to lose Allen.

Notre Dame 31, at Purdue 24, Sept. 14
Basically … A sluggish Notre Dame woke up in the fourth quarter as Tommy Rees and DaVaris Daniels hooked up for touchdown passes from nine and 82 yards out, and Bennett Jackson took a pick for a touchdown to cap a 21-pount run. Purdue kept pressing with Rob Henry throwing his second touchdown pass of the game with just over eight minutes to play, but the Irish was able to close out the clock late?
- Is wasn’t Notre Dame’s best performance, it looked sleepy after the Michigan loss, but Tommy Rees and DaVaris Daniels turned it on when they had to. Rees finished with 309 yards and two touchdowns, and Daniels caught eight passes for 167 yards and two scores.
- Purdue still can’t find any semblance of a running game. Akeem Hunt ran 12 times for 22 yards, and that was the high point. There wasn’t any push up front, and while Rob Henry threw well, he couldn’t come up with the late scoring drive and the defense couldn’t get back off the field.
- Where is the Notre Dame pass rush? Bennett Jackson came up with a sack, but that was it. Stephon Tuitt was held in check, and there wasn’t an interior pass rush.
- The Notre Dame offensive line neutralized Purdue defensive tackle Bruce Gaston, but the Boilermaker run defense came up with a decent performance allowing just 2.5 yards per pop. The Irish backs never broke free.

at Purdue 20, Indiana State 14, Sept. 7
Basically … Akeem Hunt returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and B.J. Knauf ran for a 16-yard score in a tough win for Purdue. Indiana State pulled within six in the fourth on Mike Perish’s second touchdown pass of the day, but Ricardo Allen snuffed out a late Sycamore drive with an interception deep in Boilermaker territory in the final seconds.
- Uh oh. Indiana hung 73 up on the board against Indiana State last week. Indiana State didn’t get that much better in one week.
- Indiana State outgained Purdue 295 yards to 284. Purdue couldn’t establish the run with Akeem Hunt trying and trying again to find some room to move. There’s no punch to the passing game whatsoever. Rob Henry threw for 150 yards on a 15-of-24 day.
- Bruce Gaston was a bright spot for the second straight week. The star defensive tackle came up with two sacks and tied for the team lead with five stops.
- One of Purdue’s biggest keys to the win was the punting. Cody Webster blasted a 59-yarder and put four of his six kicks inside the 20. He averaged 46.7 yards per punt in a game when good field position would’ve been a big issue for the Purdue D.

at Cincinnati 42, Purdue 7, Aug. 31
Basically … Munchie Legaux showed why he needs to be the Cincinnati starting quarterback with an effective day running for a ten-yard score and hitting Blake Annen with a 15-yard touchdown pass. Purdue tied it at seven in the second quarter on a seven-yard Rob Henry run, but the Bearcats scored 35 unanswered points.
- Legaux had a good game, but the two picks were a bit of a concern. He ran well and moved the offense, but he had help. The Bearcats got production from everywhere on offense in a balanced day.
- That wasn’t exactly the performance Darrell Hazell’s Kent State team came up with last year. The Boilermakers were sloppy and ineffective with four turnovers, seven penalties, and way too many misfires. Rob Henry couldn’t come up with any big plays down the field, and the running game didn’t help him.
- Don’t discount the possibility that Cincinnati might be just that good. Everyone wants to talk about Louisville, but the Bearcats can play.
- Purdue’s defense couldn’t seem to come up with a meaningful stop. The time of possession was a negative because third and fourth downs were owned by UC.

Spring Analysis

Why To Be Excited: Darrell Hazell is a great get. Many had him pegged for bigger jobs after his terrific season at Kent State, but he was snapped up by Purdue and there’s a renewed enthusiasm. With eight starters back on defense and seven returning on offense, there’s enough veteran talent to come up with a good spring without having to start from scratch in several areas. This might have been a bowl team last season, but now it’s time to start closing a few of the tighter battles after having Notre Dame in trouble and Ohio State on the ropes. Hazell could be the difference.

Why To Be Grouchy: There’s still a ton of work to do on the offensive consistency. Seven starters return, and that doesn’t include veteran Rob Henry, who’ll be in a battle for the starting quarterback job. However, the speed at the skill positions didn’t translate into big plays, and a hit-or-miss season from the line was the reason for way too many fizzles. The Boilermakers only scored more than 28 points once over the final nine games – beating Indiana 56-35 – and it was almost never physical. Hazell is going to have to change that.

What Needs Working On: The pass rush has to be better and has to come on a regular basis. It’s no coincidence that the Boilermakers were ripped up in games when the defensive front didn’t get behind the line. There weren’t any sacks generated against Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota or Indiana, and there was only one against Penn State. Meanwhile, the secondary struggled without the steady help. The three picks against the Hoosiers were the only interceptions in the last six games. Considering Hazell’s Kent State team lived off of turnover margin, generating big defensive plays will be a focus.

Non-Conference Games: at Cincinnati, Indiana State, Notre Dame, Northern Illinois
Games Against The Legends: Iowa, at Michigan State, Nebraska
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 1-11
Likely Finish: 3-9

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Indiana State, Northern Illinois, Iowa

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Cincinnati, Notre Dame, at Wisconsin, Nebraska, at Michigan state, Ohio State, at Penn State, Illinois, at Indiana

Schedule Analysis: Where are the wins going to come from? Purdue might not be that bad under new head man Darrell Hazell, but Indiana State might be the only sure-thing win. The non-conference schedule isn’t going to be fun with a trip to Cincinnati to face Tommy Tuberville’s club in the opener, and after the layup against ISU comes a visit from Notre Dame to kick off a run of three straight games against teams that played in the BCS last season going to Wisconsin the following week with Northern Illinois to follow.

After a week off, the Boilermakers get two rough games against the Legends with Nebraska coming in for a visit and a trip to Michigan State to follow. If that wasn’t rough enough, Ohio State is next. The rest of November might not be that bad with Iowa, Illinois and the road game at Indiana all winnable, but the season could be made or broken by a trip to Penn State.

Team Concerns For 2013: New head coach Karl Dorrell has to work a few miracles out of a team that has some nice pieces, but isn't good enough overall to be a true threat for the Big Ten title. The defensive front loses Kawann Short in the interior, but it gets most of the starters back - now it has to stop someone's running game. The Boilermakers had the second-worst defense in the Big Ten and had way too many problems against anyone who could run the ball. The punt return game was awful averaging a non-existent 3.16 yards per pop.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive line. Two years ago Danny Hope went big on beefing up the defensive front. New head coach Darrell Hazell is getting an even bigger haul for the front wall with eight prospects coming in - but don't expect an immediate impact. Tackles Antoine Miles and Johnny Daniels need time to get bigger for the interior, while Danny Ezechukwu out of Georgia has the potential to be a pass rushing terror down the line. The offense isn't being ignored with running backs Keyante Green and David Yancey to pack a 1-2 punch by 2016.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 61. That Class Was Heavy On ... After years of mostly going after the defensive side, the coaching staff is trying to improve the offense. Danny Hope has a few nice quarterback prospects about to sign on, while the receiving corps is loaded with as many good options as the program has had in several years. Tight end will be the strength with Ryan Morris and JUCO transfer Greg Latta good enough to play right away. Ryan Watson is a terrific guard prospect and a huge get for down the road, while JUCO transfer Devin Smith is expected to see time at tackle now. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 74. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. The skill positions got some instant depth with JUCO transfer Akeem Shavers at running back and JUCO transfer tight end Sterling Carter, and Akeem Hunt ill be the team’s star back in the near future. Defensively, the success of recent Boilermaker linemen helped get Robert Kugler, the star of the class and a dangerous pass rushing prospect, while Randy Gregory could be a good one with time in the weight room. 315-pound Michael Rouse will someday be the anchor of the defensive front.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 48. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. Head coach Danny Hope went big on the defensive linemen last year, and this year he came up with a big class of defensive backs signing seven including Ricardo Allen, a good corner who might be too good to keep on the bench as a freshman. Out of all the defensive backs brought in, only one true safety, E.J. Johnson, was signed. It's Purdue, so the offense is never going to be ignored and Hope brought in QB Sean Robinson, a big, athletic passer, and a good receiver in O.J. Ross.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 64. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive linemen. Purdue hasn’t stopped anyone’s running game in a few years, and now it’s time to give it a try. That’s not to say there haven’t been good linemen flowing through the program, but most of the stars have been pass rushers. JUCO transfer Kris Cooke should be an instant upgrade for the interior, while Eric McDaniel and Brandon Taylor will be the foundation for future defenses. Xavier Melton and Cody Davis aren’t bad tackle prospects, either.


Related Stories
CFN 2008 Top 10 Player Race
 -by CollegeFootballNews.com  Nov 28, 2008
2013-2014 Bowl Matchups
 -by CollegeFootballNews.com  Dec 8, 2013
CFN Team Pages, Game Recaps & More
 -by CollegeFootballNews.com  Oct 22, 2012








Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Football > Purdue
[View My HotList]