Purdue Boilermakers Cornerback Frankie Williams is most likely the team’s best player with the highest NFL Draft stock on defense. In our exclusive discussion from Big Ten Media Day, we talk a whole host of topics including some of the top NFL corners in the league right now. Williams also mentioned his favorite old school corner.Follow paulmbanks
Purdue Boilermakers Center Robert Kugler is most likely the team’s best player with the highest NFL Draft stock on offense. In our exclusive discussion from Big Ten Media Day, we cover a whole host of topics, including how the NFL is underrating the value of a center.
Kugler said his favorite pro center is Maurkice Pouncey; and he had a few interesting tidbits regarding him. Kugler’s dad coached Pouncey in the NFL. There was also some Purdue QB competition, as it is the number one story line this summer.Follow paulmbanks
Purdue football training camp opened yesterday, and the wide open quarterback derby is the top story. Coach Darrell Hazell has two choices: Austin Appleby (Jr., 144-272, 1,449 yards, 10 TDs, 11 INTs) or David Blough (R-Fr.) Hazell gave very vague and ambiguous statements on the QB situation while on dais at Big Ten Media Day. Nothing can be discerned from what he said there.
But during the breakout sessions, Hazell described how the Purdue QB1 job will be decided.Follow paulmbanks
Purdue Boilermakers Coach Darrell Hazell was asked at Big Ten Media Day who the three fastest guys on his team were. He mentioned senior wide receiver Danny Anthrop and senior cornerback Anthony Brown without hesitation. Hazell then paused for awhile and said maybe freshman Evyn Cooper.
Hazell hasn’t tested his team in the 40 yet, so by fastest we don’t mean quicket off the line. It was a gasser conditioning test.
“That has nothing to do with pure speed, that has to do with pacing yourself, training and conditioning yourself,” Hazell said.Follow paulmbanks
If you’re a Purdue football fan, you should definitely avert your eyes from Lindy’s Sports Big Ten football annual this summer. Here’s where they slotted the Boilermakers in their Big Ten position group power rankings. Remember, there are 14 teams in the B1G.
QB- 11, RB- 13, WR- 11, OL- 14, DL- 13, LB- 13, DB-14, and special teams, wait for it……wait for it……5th. Reading those rankings reminds me of Rainier Wolfcastle in the Radioactive Man movie: “The goggles! They do nothing!!”
I’m not even going to bring up what Lindy’s said about Purdue football in the overall conference ratings. Well, the Boilers are much better than that; and Lindy’s is way off on this one. On the other hand, Purdue isn’t exactly bowl bound this year.
I will go out on a limb here and say that the the Boilermakers continue their upward win total trend in 2015.Follow paulmbanks
College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend. Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2015-16 season. Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.
UPDATED: 6/5/15 [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
I’ve never met Dan Dakich, so I can’t truly opine on his personality or character. I’m well aware of his public persona as I consume his work quite regularly. There are aspects of his public figure personality that can be…I guess, “grating” is the word. Maybe “irascible” once in awhile?
Nevertheless, he’s a phenomenal announcer. He truly brings it an analyst. Love him or hate him, you must admit he’s great at what he does.
I have met his son, who plays for Michigan; and he’s a really nice guy. I interviewed him for an uplifting feature story back in March. Critics will probably call what I wrote a “puff piece,” but that’s neither here nor there.
In the words of Biggee Smalls, “what’s beef?“and Dakich is beefing with yet another person entrenched in the college basketball world. At this point, Dakich is the Eminem of the college hoops world- always seems to be feuding with somebody.Follow paulmbanks
Caleb Swanigan, the five star big man from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, publicly committed to Michigan State four weeks ago. Just last week he gave a public statement that was a re-affirmation/vote of confidence. Well, that’s long gone now.
Swanigan de-committed from MSU, dropping the Spartans recruiting class from consensus top three to only the top 20 now.
The 6’9″ 280 Center/Power Forward is a consensus top ten national prospect, and a huge get for wherever he ends up. Tom Izzo has been Eric Gordoned now.Follow paulmbanks
The Purdue Boilermakers season has been the polar opposite of a mullet (“business in front, party in the back”) Usually, you party with the early, softer non-conference schedule, and then take care of business with the more rugged Big Ten schedule.
Purdue has been the anti-thesis of that in 2014-15. They didn’t take care of business in the pre-conference; but they have been really solid during league play. Hence the very confusing and contradicting Purdue Boilermakers NCAA Tournament profile.Follow paulmbanks
The story of the night in Evanston was Purdue’s twin towers of A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas. (Here’s video of the media availability with both of them following the game)
“We try to get the ball inside no matter who we go against,” Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter said.
“We’ve had a tough time against Olah in the past but tonight we were able to get the best of him.”Follow paulmbanks
Rapheal Davis scored 15 points to with seven rebounds and four assists as Purdue won at Northwestern 68-60. Davis also committed zero turnovers. Over the last four games, Davis is averaging 18.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG and 2.3 APG.
We caught up to Rapheal Davis earlier in the season, and at this link you can check out our exclusive chat at this link here.
Below you’ll find the video of Davis’ media availability in Evanston:Follow paulmbanks