The Boiling Point: Purdue’s Justin Siller checks in at No. 4 of TheBoilingPoint.com’s list of most important football players for the upcoming season.
No. 4 Justin Siller
Position: Wide Receiver
Key stat: 4 games – amount of time Siller has been able to spend wide receiver
Analysis: Siller might be one of the most versatile players on the team. In 2008 he played quarterback and running back, then in 2010 he moved to wide receiver after being out for a year due to academic issues. He is the definition of “athlete” in the recruiting world and probably would have been OK as a safety, as well. Siller was able to play in only four games in his first year at wide receiver before being injured. He had a touchdown and 104 yards on 12 catches for 8.7 yards per catch (a really good average). Oh yeah, he also played one snap at quarterback last year and re-injured his foot on the first play. That about sums up the quarterback fiasco last year.
Now fully healthy, Siller looks to have a big year. He is going to be the biggest target Purdue has at wide receiver playing opposite of the smaller and quicker Antavian Edison, forming a balanced starting duo. Even though he has spent only one year at the position, Siller is the most experienced football wise of the receivers. Having his influence over the younger players, particularly Edison and O.J. Ross who are also coming back from injuries, is going to be needed. Since Siller is the biggest pass-catching target, look for him to get a lot of looks and have a big year, especially if the inexperienced tight ends aren’t fully ready.
This is part of a daily series that will continue with No. 3 on Thursday. Again, these are the most IMPORTANT players for this upcoming season, not necessarily best. Make sure to check back to follow the list. Also, do you agree or disagree? Let us hear your thoughts.