2006 Purdue Football Preview
2007 Purdue football preview
2006 Record: 8-6, 5-3
Last season the defense could not keep up with opposing offenses. The Boilermakers ranked at the bottom in many categories defensively last year and need to reverse those problems to contend for the Big Ten title. The defense was strong at linebacker, but it appeared that the front four and secondary needed time to grow. Purdue fans are hopeful that growing took place last year.
The defensive front will have three returning starters with Cliff Avril, Ryan Baker, and Jermaine Guynn. Avril had 84 tackles last year, and Baker can disrupt the backfield. Senior Mike McDonald will see his first action as a starter this year. Junior DT Alex McGee can provide help in the pass rush (2.5 sacks last season).
Senior LB Dan Bick led the team with 95 last year and is primed to get the defense back on track. Bick will be joined by senior Stanford Keglar and former running back Anthony Heygood who has made the transition to LB. This group isn’t flashy but will fly around the field to help make plays.
The secondary was exploited last year and allowed 241 yards passing per game. The good news is that those four starters earned plenty of experience, and all four return for the 2007 season. Initial signs point toward an improvement with seniors Terrell Vinson (CB) and Justin Scott (S) leading the way. Sophomores Brandon Erwin (FS) and Royce Adams (CB) started as freshman and could play an important role in the next few years.
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Sophomore Chris Summers is back for his second year as the place kicker. Summers
will need to improve his accuracy after making just eight of 20 field goal
attempts last season.
Senior Jared Armstrong had a very solid 2006 season and averaged 43.1 yards per punt. His leg will be a boost to help keep the defense out of bad field position.
Sheets and Bryant will handle the kick-off returns, and Royce Adams will return punts for the second straight season.
It’s no secret that the Purdue offense will rack up points this year. Similar to the Michigan Wolverines, the Boilermakers have many offensive weapons. The big question lies within the defense. After a weak 2006 showing the defense returns nine starters which should help the unit become better at stopping teams from averaging nearly 27 points per game. The Boilermakers will miss Wisconsin this year but face a tough three-game stretch with Notre Dame and Ohio State at home, and then a trip to the Big House on October 13th. Purdue has ten victories in sight this year and a very good shot at making some noise for the conference championship.
Purdue Boilermakers 2007 Football Schedule
September 1 - @ Toledo
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