#59 Purdue Boilermakers: College Football 77 in 77

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Of all the “cock-eyed optimist” cliches in college football, none have more resonance than in “a place called Hope.” Where “hope floats,” in West Lafayette, Indiana. That’s not just because the Purdue Boilermakers coach is named Danny Hope; it’s also because the spirit embodies his always-uplifting demeanor.

And that zeitgeist has been tested too, with all the injuries to QBs, WRs and RBs. When it comes to the skill positions, no college football program has been as snake bit as Purdue, especially with ACLs. It’s even carried over to the college basketball team where the injury bug didn’t just bite, but instead feasted on Robbie Hummel, one of the greatest players in program history.

But getting back to hope, now the football program has experience and depth and a signal caller, because of everyone who’s had to play in spite of injury.

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Purdue’s Kawann Short looks like top 15 pick in 2013 NFL Draft

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Just a week until the 2012 NFL Draft, and we’re working hard updating our mock drafts and positional rankings. But we go even further as we look ahead to the 2013 draft. Next April when teams go looking for an interior pass-rushing presence, they’ll find it in Kawann Short from Purdue.

He’ll likely be a top 15-20 pick next year, after Short will likely be a dominant force for the Boilermakers in the Big Ten. He notched 6.5 sacks in 2011 – a really good number for a 310-pound lineman, and should get even more this year. And he could find himself as coveted a pro prospect as former teammate Ryan Kerrigan was last year.

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Purdue’s Matt Painter gives take on Bruce Weber firing

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Purdue coach Matt Painter is from the same Gene Keady coaching tree as just fired, former Illini Bruce Weber; they’re contemporaries, peers and friends.

They both spend a lot of time screaming at their players to “MOVE” and “MOTION” in the motion offense system that they run. (It’s been a struggle offensively for both teams at times this season).

Following his Boilermakers bad 88-71 loss to Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament, Painter was asked what he thought about Weber being canned today: (his response was the polar opposite in emotion and length of the response from MSU coach Tom Izzo)

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College Football 77 in 77: #61 Purdue Boilermakers

It’s hard to say how good or bad the Purdue Boilermakers truly were last year. Can any team survive losing it’s starting quarterback and go-to wide receiver for the season? When they had already lost their main tailback for the year BEFORE the season even started? The Boilers were even playing a fourth string QB (first time in school history) at one point.

So maybe Purdue wasn’t all that talented, but they certainly weren’t near as bad as the cadre of key injuries made them look in 2010.

In 2011, there’s again not much room for error, as they’ve lost one of the best players in the Big Ten, DE Ryan Kerrigan to the first round of the NFL. And the NCAA had no remorse for Keith Smith and his season ending injury, as the 2009 league leader in receiving was denied a sixth year of eligibility.

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Purdue’s Carson Wiggs Nails 67 Yard FG in Spring Game (Video)

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Yes, indeed you know it’s spring college football season when this happens. Carson Wiggs just helped his 2012 NFL draft stock by nailing this 67 (probably would have been good from 70+) field goal in the spring game.

Look out Big Ten special teams.

Watch below

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Can The Purdue Boilermakers Salvage a #3 Seed?


The Purdue Boilermakers were dealt a serious blow on Friday Night when they were quite simply embarrassed by Michigan State in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. This comes directly after losing in Iowa to close out the regular season.

These two steps in the wrong direction could come back to hurt the Boilermakers come Sunday when the committee considers where to draw the line between the 2, 3 and 4 seeds.

By: Nick Grays

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Purdue Boilermakers Owning State of Indiana Basketball Right Now

When Robbie Hummel went down with a season-ending injury in mid October, many college basketball pundits believed the Purdue Boilermakers’ dream season to be was lost. Their lofty top ten, in some cases top five, national ranking seemed no longer appropriate, and many experts wrote them off.

Yet here they are, the second most consistent and powerful team in the Big Ten. They’re ranked #14 in the national polls,19th in scoring margin, 24th in defense, 12th in turnover margin, 17th in assists, and 6th in assist to turnover ratio. And they have the conference’s leading scorer in JaJuan Johnson; who’s giving Jared Sullinger from Ohio State a run for his money for the conference MVP award.

And fresh off a demolishing of their hated rivals, the Indiana Hoosiers, the Boilers are by far the best basketball team in the state most rich in basketball tradition. As Butler, the Indiana Pacers and the Hoosiers struggle, Matt Painter’s team looks very strong.

By Paul M. Banks

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