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August 17, 2012
"We have very high and lofty expectations. Our football team, our coaches do. We expect to win, win big, win our division and compete for and win the Big Ten championship," Hope said. "I know we'll be scrutinized some when people know what our goals are. But that's OK. It's about us and where we're at and where we're going and what we believe in.
"When it all comes down to it, we plan on being what we said we were going to be. There's something different about this team. I can tell it. I can feel it. I know they can, too."
Jonathan Curry and Ishmael Aristide were introduced with the running backs. Curry, a freshman, came to Purdue as a tight end, and Aristide had been listed as a receiver on the roster. Aristide is out two months, though, while recovering from knee surgery.
When introducing the tight ends, grad assistant coach Pete Nochta said his group had the highest GPA of the summer semester on the team with a 3.4.
Robert Maci was introduced with the defensive line, leaving only five players as outside linebackers.
Defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar said Dwayne Beckford has "done everything we've asked of him" coming back from off-field issues and has done a "remarkable job of catching up" with the new defense. Tibesar said he expected "great things" from Beckford this season.
Freshman Jordan Shine, who has yet to get medical clearance, was at the luncheon, wearing a No. 5 jersey.
Former Boilermaker tight end Tim Stratton also attended the luncheon.
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