There’s a new sheriff in town when it comes to Purdue football. New Boilermakers head coach Darrell Hazell wasted no time in leaving his mark on the program by suspending receiver OJ Ross indefinitely. The suspension comes from Ross apparently violating team rules, although neither Hazell nor Purude will say exactly which rule Ross broke. Regardless, an indefinite suspension could mean anything, but the Boilermakers have to prepare for the worst and if Ross is out for a significant amount of time, it could mean a step back instead of forward for Purdue’s passing offense in 2013.
Assuming Ross is allowed to play this fall, he’ll be a senior who was second among Purdue receivers last year with 56 catches for 454 yards and two touchdowns. He was expected to be the leader for Purdue’s offense heading into 2013, but obviously that’s now up in the air. Without Ross, the Boilermakers will be hard pressed to improve their passing offense that ranked 55th among FBS teams in 2012 with 238.5 yards per game. Even more so, their 28.7 points per game ranked just 64th, tied with BYU. Ross’s presence would obviously help to improve those numbers and rankings in 2013, but again, we have no idea what the depth of his suspension is at this point.
You’ve got to credit Hazell for making sure the players know he’s in charge from day one, assuming Ross’ suspension is valid. If not, Purdue could have created a monster with this new hire and toying with a situation like Ross’ could turn out disastrous if the suspension turns out to be petty.