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PURDUE BOILERMAKERS
Matt Dollinger
August 13, 2010
In year two of his renovation project, coach Danny Hope's goals are for the Boilermakers to cut down on mistakes, develop talent and go to a bowl
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August 13, 2010

Purdue Boilermakers

In year two of his renovation project, coach Danny Hope's goals are for the Boilermakers to cut down on mistakes, develop talent and go to a bowl

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OFFENSE

QB

ROBERT MARVE

CALEB TERBUSH

RB

RALPH BOLDEN*

AL-TEREK MCBURSE

WR

JUSTIN SILLER

WAYNELLE GRAVESANDE

WR

KEITH SMITH*

ANTAVIAN EDISON

WR

CORTEZ SMITH

GARY BUSH

TE

KYLE ADAMS*

JEFF LINDSAY

LT

DENNIS KELLY*

RYAN PRATER

LG

JUSTIN PIERCE

RICK SCHMEIG

C

PETERS DREYX

ANDREW BREWER

RT

NICK MONDEK

TREVOR FOY

RG

KEN PLUE*

JAMES SHEPHERD

DEFENSE

DE

GERALD GOODEN*

ROBERT MACI

DT

KEVIN PAMPHILE

JUSTIN KITCHENS

DT

KAWANN SHORT*

BRANDON TAYLOR

DE

RYAN KERRIGAN*

ADAM BROCKMAN

LB

JOE HOLLAND*

WILL LUCAS

LB

DWAYNE BECKFORD

ANTWON HIGGS

LB

JASON WERNER*

CHRIS CARLINO*

CB

CHARLTON WILLIAMS

WALTER WILLIAMS

SS

ALBERT EVANS

ISHMAEL ARISTIDE

FS

LOGAN LINK

CHRIS QUINN

CB

JOSH JOHNSON

MIKE EARGLE

SPECIAL TEAMS

K

CARSON WIGGS*

JONATHAN LINKENHEIMER

P

CARSON WIGGS*

CODY WEBSTER

KR-PR

ANTAVIAN EDISON

ANTAVIAN EDISON

*Returning starter

PURDUE'S DANNY HOPE SOUNDS LIKE A CONSTRUCTION FOREMAN who sees his job running ahead of schedule. After the Boilermakers, who lost 11 starters, spent the off-season remodeling their offensive line and defensive secondary, the second-year coach says his team is poised to improve on a 5-7 campaign that was highlighted by an upset victory over the eventual Rose Bowl champion Ohio State Buckeyes. But there's still plenty of work to be done. One thing the blueprint calls for immediately is eliminating the mistakes that last season produced 29 turnovers, tying Minnesota for most in the conference.

"If you take the turnover margin last year and just cut it in half, we might have been one of the greatest success stories in all of college football," Hope says. "Even with all the turnovers, we were just a few plays away from winning seven to nine ball games."

Nevertheless the Boilermakers made a decent showing in their first season under Hope, who had previously been Purdue's associate head coach and offensive line coach. This season they have a deeper roster, talent at the skill positions and a sturdy front seven.

Replacing Joey Elliot at quarterback is Miami transfer Robert Marve, a player with what Hope calls "unbelievable talent," who made 11 starts for the Hurricanes in 2008 and completed 54.5% of his passes for 1,293 yards and nine touchdowns. While running back Ralph Bolden is a question mark after suffering a torn right ACL in the spring, the team's other playmakers—notably, wideout Keith Smith (91 receptions for 1,100 yards in '09) and all-purpose back Justin Siller (266 yards passing, 77 yards rushing against Michigan)—should do plenty to keep the offense afloat.

Purdue's spread offense has the potential to rank near the top of the conference, but other areas, like the youthful secondary, will need time to develop. That means All-Big Ten defensive end Ryan Kerrigan & Co. will have to compensate by putting extra pressure on the quarterback.

Surveying his team's development, Hope can't help but smile. While he envisions the Boilermakers returning to postseason play in 2010, he knows it may be a while before the makeover is completed. "We aren't reloading," Hope says, "we're rebuilding."

THE VITALS

COACH Danny Hope (2nd year)

5-7 (4-4 in Big Ten)

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

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