Top 7 Players Who Will Lead Purdue Boilermakers In 2014

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Top 7 Players Who Will Lead Purdue In 2014

Purdue Boilermakers Used 2013 to Establish Experience for Promising Athletes
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Coach Darrell Hazell and his Purdue Boilermakers had a difficult season in 2013. The Boilermakers were winless in Big Ten play and earned only a single win in Hazell’s first season in West Lafayette. Their lone win was in front of a home crowd in Ross Ade season way back in the team’s second game of the season as they narrowly defeated the in-state rival Indian State Sycamores.

The Boilermakers won the game by a slim margin of 20-14 over another squad who also were only able to muster a single win in 2013. Purdue was able to battle Big 10 foe Illinois in the Battle for the Purdue Cannon. Unfortunately, the Boilermakers dropped the home game by a score of 20-16 in front of a home crowd in their final home game of the season. In 2013, the Boilermakers lost 11 football games, three rivalry games and one starting quarterback.

Through the replacement of senior Rob Henry at quarterback, the team stayed strong and supportive of one another. The athletic Henry may have an opportunity to contribute at the next level, most likely as a defensive back. The coaching staff allowed him the opportunity to experiment on the opposite side of the ball as a defensive back.

The switch also allowed freshman Danny Etling an opportunity to take snaps at quarterback and prepare this team to be competitive in the Big 10 in the near future. This coaching staff showed commitment to its upperclassman while giving their underclassmen an opportunity to play and develop.

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7. Cameron Posey

Cameron Posey
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This freshman wide receiver finished off the season on a strong note with a touchdown in each of the Boilermakers' final two contests. Posey also had 50 receiving yards in Purdue’s matchup against the vaunted Michigan State Spartans defense.

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6. Deangelo Yancy

Deangelo Yancy
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Yancey addresses a need for the Purdue offense. This freshman wide receiver has blazing speed and could be a potential deep threat for the Boilermakers.

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5. Danny Etling

Danny Etling
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Danny Etling started out the season as a clear-cut no. 2 on the depth chart. He has a big arm, and his future as a Big Ten quarterback is bright. Etling unseeded Henry as the starting quarterback early in the 2013 season and showed glimmers of why he may be one answer to many questions at Purdue.

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4. Jason King

Jason King
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This 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman comes from Arkansas and has experience blocking against some very talented high school defensive linemen in the south. King will play a vital role in keeping Boilermakers quarterbacks upright.

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3. Leroy Clark

Leroy Clark
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Leroy Clark will have some big shoes to fill as the Boilermakers will be losing Ricardo Allen this season. He has speed and athleticism to step up and hopefully be one of the individuals who lock up the secondary for the Boilermakers.

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2. Dylan Dawkins

Dylan Dawkins
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The Purdue Boilermakers have a group of young running backs looking to alleviate some of the pressure put on young quarterback Danny Etling. Dawkins is one of those young men. He is a very athletic individual and the nephew of NFL great Brian Dawkins.

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1. Austin Logan

Austin Logan
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Logan is another defensive back who will look to fill the void left by Ricardo Allen. He saw limited action this season and will look to step into an expanded role in 2014.

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