Big Ten Coaches Talk About Purdue


The Boiling Point: Big Ten coaches share their thoughts on Purdue.

Every year Athlon Sports has the Big Ten coaches share their thoughts on each other. Its done off the record and anonymously. Below is what they had to say about Purdue:

"What Big Ten Coaches are saying about: Purdue “Danny Hope has recruited great speed, and they’re very athletic. When you graduate a guy like (defensive end) Ryan Kerrigan, who’s going to step into that role? That guy was a difference-maker.”"

"“Injuries really crippled them last year.”"

"“The Boilermakers could surprise some people in the Big Ten. They’ve got 15 starters back (six starters on offense, nine on defense). And that doesn’t include quarterback Robert Marve and running back Ralph Bolden. Both players missed last season with knee injuries. Marve’s return will make for an interesting battle at quarterback. Bolden’s return helps soften the loss of the top two running backs (Dan Dierking and Keith Carlos) from last season.”"

"“Purdue started 4–2 last year, but then closed on a brutal six-game losing streak. This is Danny Hope’s third season, and he’s still trying for his first winning season. I think this is his best shot. The non-conference schedule is manageable (Middle Tennessee, Rice, Southeast Missouri State), and they benefit from playing seven home games. They’re not comparable to the elite in the Big Ten, but making a bowl game is certainly not that big of a stretch.”"