The Boiling Point: Purdue’s offensive line ranked 6th in the conference.
ESPN Big Ten Football blogger, Adam Rittenberg, has ranked Purdue’s offensive line 6th best in the Big Ten. Seems like a pretty good ranking. Maybe would have been ranked higher if we didn’t have injuries at at so many skill positions last year. With inexperienced players, it puts more pressure on the offensive line to “buy” more time for the quarter back and running back. This is a veteran group so it should be pretty decent this year. Here is what Rittenberg had to say:
"6. Purdue: Expectations are high for a line that coach Danny Hope thinks will be Purdue’s strength in 2011. Left tackle Dennis Kelly is an All-Big Ten candidate with NFL potential who has started the past 24 games. Center Peters Drey and tackle Nick Mondek help anchor the group. The big question is whether mammoth guard Ken Plue, a multiyear starter, can get out of Hope’s doghouse to help lead the way. Plue will be pushed by James Shepherd this summer. The combination of experience up front and the return of running back Ralph Bolden bode well for the Boilers."