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April 28, 2005

Spring Football Review: Five Pleasant Surprises

Spring is always a time for young player, or near-forgotten veterans to jump up and get noticed. Below, GoldandBlack.com takes a look at five such players (outside the obvious) who made the most of Purdue's spring practices, which concluded Saturday.

o ANDRE CHATTAMS: Consistency has been an issue for the junior receiver, but he had more than his share of big moments this spring, which will be key in him hanging on to a prominent role in the team's receiver corps.

o PAUL DUBLER: Every day, it seemed as if the rock-solid junior walk-on cornerback was stuck to a Boilermaker receiver like a piece of chewed-up bubble gum to the bottom of a table. His interception in a final-week practice was one of the finest defensive plays of the spring.

o ZACH LOGAN: The redshirt freshman cornerback could give Purdue a nice option as its third corner, at worst.
o KEVIN NOEL: Don't say it aloud, but the hard-luck fifth-year senior receiver had a terrific spring and will be a factor in the fall if he can stay healthy for the first time in his career.

o SEAN SESTER: The redshirt freshman offensive tackle was needed to emerge to solidify the chaos at right tackle. By all accounts, the youngster answered the call … big-time.

Honorable Mention: DT Ryan Baker; LB Dan Bick; FB Anthony Heygood; K Ben Jones; SS Lance Melvin; QB Curtis Painter; RB Kory Sheets; LB Kyle Williams.

Stay tuned next week for position-by-position post-spring analysys, plus GoldandBlack.com's thorough depth chart.

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