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Purdue football 2017 primer

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Jeff Brohm is considered an offensive guru, but he'll have challenges in Year 1 at Purdue, figuring out the best fit for the roster on both sides of the ball.
Charles Jischke
2017 schedule
Opponent Time  Date TV

Louisville

7:30 p.m.

Sept. 2

FOX

vs. Ohio

8 p.m.

Sept. 8

FS1

at Missouri

4 p.m.

Sept. 16

SEC Network

vs. Michigan

4 p.m.

Sept. 23

FOX

vs. Minnesota

3:30 p.m.

Oct. 7

ESPN2

at Wisconsin

3:30 p.m.

Oct. 14

BTN

at Rutgers

Noon

Oct. 21

BTN

vs. Nebraska

7:30 p.m.

Oct. 28

BTN

vs. Illinois

Noon

Nov. 4

BTN

at Northwestern

7 p.m.

Nov. 11

ESPN2

at Iowa

3:30 p.m.

Nov. 18

BTN

vs. Indiana

Noon

Nov. 25

ESPN2

vs. Arizona, Foster Farms

8:30 p.m.

Dec. 27

FOX

Coaching and support staffs
Name Position

Jeff Brohm

Head coach, offensive play-caller

Brian Brohm

Co-offensive coordinator; quarterbacks

Tony Levine

Co-offensive coordinator; special teams coordinator; tight ends

JaMarcus Shephard

Passing game coordinator; receivers; recruiting coordinator

Chris Barclay

Running backs

Dale Williams

Offensive line

Nick Holt

Co-defensive coordinator; play-caller; linebackers

Anthony Poindexter

Co-defensive coordinator; secondary

Derrick Jackson

Cornerbacks; recruiting coordinator

Reggie Johnson

Defensive line

Justin Lovett

Director of football strength and conditioning

Domenic Reno

Senior associate director of strength and conditioning

Dennis Love

Associate director of football strength and conditioning

Jeff Eaton

Assistant director of football strength and conditioning

Kevin Wolthausen

Quality control analyst

Dan Rowe

Quality control analyst

Ryan Wallace

Quality control analyst

Don Dunn

Director of player personnel

Greg Brohm

Executive director of operations

Sean Pugh

Director of player development

Graduate assistants: JMichael Jonard, Sean Robinson, Justin Sinz, Joe Montag

Assistant coaches get salary bump under Bobinski, Brohm

Brohms are the 'first family' of Louisville (magazine feature)

Postseason "Exit Interviews" ($)

Danny Ezechukwu

In-season coverage
Opponent Game story Notebook Sidebar Extra points ($) Blog ($)

Louisville

35-28, L

QBs

Anthrop

Video

Blog

Ohio

44-21, W

Freshmen

Fuller

Video

Blog

Missouri

35-3, W

Tempo

Blough

Video

Blog

Michigan

28-10, L

Injuries

Defense

Video

Blog

Minnesota

31-17, W

Weather

Jones

Video

Blog

Wisconsin

17-9, L

Defense

Hudson

Video

Blog

Rutgers

14-12, L

Run game

Video

Nebraska

25-24, L

Blough

Robinson

Video

Blog

Illinois

29-10, W

Bentley

Blough

Video

Blog

N'western

23-13, L

Sparks

Video

Blog

Iowa

25-14, W

Seniors

Sindelar

Video

Indiana

31-24, W

Jones

Seniors

Video

Arizona

38-35, W

Bentley

WRs

Video

Blog

Foster Farms Bowl week coverage

Dec. 30: Bowl victory propels Purdue into offseason

Dec. 27: Sindelar surged despite playing on torn ACL

Dec. 27: Fitting ending: Purdue's defense gets one final chance to shine

Dec. 26: Coordinators Corner(s): JaMarcus Shephard, Nick Holt preview Arizona

Dec. 26: Big difference between 7-6, 6-7; notebook

Dec. 26: Holt returns to California roots for bowl game ($)

Dec. 26: Wilson won't play in bowl

Dec. 26: Gold and Black Radio Express: Three things with Pete Quinn ($)

Dec. 25: Brohm's insistence on winning now mattered to Purdue's seniors

Dec. 25: When Purdue needed it most, Sindelar rose ($)

Dec. 24: Purdue finding fun-focus balance at bowl site

Dec. 23: Opponent view: Arizona

Dec. 23: Matchup preview: Arizona

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Purdue Athletics

Coverage leading into bowl week

Nov. 24: The last Purdue team to seize a Bucket and bowl: 2012 revisited ($)

Nov. 27: Hunte's locker room speech changed course of season ($)

Nov. 28: Brohm's three things: Harder, tougher, smarter ($)

Dec. 3 (Foster Farms announcement): 'It's for the Purdue family;' Staff good reception on road; notebook

Dec. 4: Purdue figures out how to fight, endure, finish ($)

Dec. 5: Purdue delivered on Brohm's 'creative' promise in Year 1; top plays ($)

Dec. 6: Thumb injury won't keep Knox out; notebook

Dec. 7: Bowl-experienced Boilermakers hope to lead prep

Dec. 8: Bevy of backs delivered for Purdue ($)

Dec. 9: Bentley says he'll be ready for bowl

Dec. 10: Seniors honored at banquet; notebook

Dec. 11: From weak link to physical unit, secondary improved ($)

Dec. 12: Transfers sought opportunity at Purdue but also wanted to win

Dec. 13: Zico hopes finale spurs boost ($)

Dec. 14: Why Week 1 against Louisville mattered to Purdue's season ($)

Dec. 14: AD Mike Bobinski on "LIVE," talked football season, bowl, Jeff Brohm

Dec. 15: Underclassmen taking advantage of bowl practices

Dec. 16: Brohm: Blough 'ahead of schedule,' more

Dec. 18: Former Boilermaker Turner excited to have Purdue in Bay area

Dec. 18: Jones happy to, finally, show coaches his potential ($)

Dec. 19: Two sons, two bowls, same day, a 'tremendous blessing' for Sparks family

Dec. 20: Not all Xs and Os: Coaches' focus on building relationships mattered ($)

Dec. 20: Arizona prep cranks up this week

Dec. 21: Walk-on squad key piece to Purdue's special teams ($)

Dec. 21: Strength coach Eaton helps players by bringing constant energy

Dec. 22: The B-Sides: Being an Omega Man

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Tom Campbell

Weekly in-season series

Coordinator's Corner with defensive play caller Nick Holt ($): Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Bye | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7, Week 8: Holt not made available to reporters | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13

Coordinator's Corner with offensive staff: Brian Brohm, Wk 1 | Tony Levine, Wk 2 | JaMarcus Shephard, Wk 3 | Brian Brohm, Wk 4 | JaMarcus Shephard, bye | Tony Levine, Week 5 | Brian Brohm, Wk 6 | Tony Levine, Wk 7 | JaMarcus Shephard, Wk 8 | Brian Brohm, Wk 9 | Tony Levine, Wk 10 | JaMarcus Shephard, Wk 11 | Brian Brohm, Wk 12 | JaMarcus Shephard, Week 13

Freshmen Focus ($): KeyRon Catlett | Derrick Barnes | Cornel Jones | Jacob Abrams | Dedrick Mackey | Mark Stickford | D'J Edwards | Nick Sipe

Boilermaker Breakdown ($): Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13

Report Card ($): Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13

Offense

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After a redshirt freshman season with mostly mop-up reps, Elijah Sindelar's role increased in 2017.
Tom Campbell
Quarterbacks
Year Height Weight

Griffin Alstott

Fr.

6-2

205

Aaron Banks

Jr.

6-4

200

David Blough

Jr.

6-1

205

Danny Carrollo

R-Fr.

6-0

205

Aidan O'Connell

Fr.

6-3

190

Elijah Sindelar

Soph.

6-4

230

Nick Sipe

Fr.

6-4

200

Jared Sparks

R-Fr.

6-1

205

Cameron Northern

Fr.

6-3

215

More on QBs: Competitive spirit fuels Blough ($) | Sparks brothers face off

The B-Sides: Sparks finds 'joy' in fashion, modeling

Running backs
Year Height Weight

Lane Beeler

Jr.

5-10

230

Tario Fuller

Soph.

6-0

190

Markell Jones

Jr.

5-11

200

D.J. Knox

Jr.

5-7

210

Brian Lankford-Johnson

Soph.

6-0

190

Carter McGinnis

Fr.

6-0

205

Jack Wegher

Soph.

5-10

205

Richie Worship

Soph.

6-0

260

Alexander Horvath

Fr.

6-3

221

More: Father's stroke provides more motivation for Knox in final stretch ($)

Receivers 
Year Height Weight

Jackson Anthrop

R-Fr.

5-11

185

Jarrett Burgess

Jr.

6-3

220

KeyRon Catlett

Fr.

5-10

180

Malcolm Dotson

Soph.

6-2

200

D'J Edwards

Fr.

6-1

190

Benaiah Franklin

R-Fr.

6-1

195

Tyler Hamilton

Fr.

5-9

175

Corey Holmes

Jr.

6-1

190

Anthony Mahoungou

Sr.

6-3

210

Greg Phillips

Sr.

6-0

200

Terry Wright

Jr.

5-11

180

Isaac Zico

Jr.

6-1

190

Noah Ellison

Fr.

6-1

190

Ryan James

Fr.

6-4

200

Tight ends
Year Height Weight

Wade Buckman

R-Fr.

6-6

235

Cole Herdman

Jur.

6-4

240

Brycen Hopkins

Soph.

6-5

240

Darius Pittman

Fr.

6-3

250

Jess Trussell

Soph.

6-6

245

Offensive line
Year Height Weight

Kirk Barron

Jr.

6-2

305

Viktor Beach

Fr.

6-4

310

Bryce Brown

R-Fr.

6-1

280

Shane Evans

Jr.

6-4

310

Eric Ferguson

R-Fr.

6-1

295

Tanner Hawthorne

R.-Fr.

6-6

290

Grant Hermanns

R-Fr.

6-7

295

Jalen Jackson

Fr.

6-2

265

Graham Keller

Fr.

6-4

270

Sam Loebig

R-Fr.

6-3

315

Matt McCann

Soph.

6-6

315

Mike Mendez

Soph.

6-4

295

Ethan Smart

Jr.

6-6

310

David Steinmetz

Grad

6-8

310

Mark Stickford

Fr.

6-2

265

Eric Swingler

Jr.

6-6

305

Peyton Truitt

Soph.

6-5

285

Bearooz Yacoobi

Jr.

6-5

300

D.J. Washington

Fr.

6-4

285

Marc Rolland

Fr.

6-3

275

The B-Sides: Barron's life changed by adopted sister

The B-Sides: McCann finds fit in construction management, just like Dad

Defense

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Purdue hopes senior linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley a three-time captain, can go out with a bang.
Tom Campbell
Defensive line
Year Height Weight

Alex Criddle

Soph.

6-3

310

Allen Daniels

Fr.

6-2

305

Ray Ellis

Jr.

6-4

305

Kai Higgins

Soph.

6-4

240

Keiwan Jones

Jr.

6-2

280

Austin Larkin

Sr.

6-3

255

Robert McWilliams

Fr.

6-4

210

Antoine Miles

Sr.

6-2

250

Lorenzo Neal

Soph.

6-2

325

Giovanni Reviere

Fr.

6-5

260

Gelen Robinson

Sr.

6-1

280

Chazmyn Turner

Soph.

6-5

260

Anthony Watts

R-Fr.

6-4

295

Eddy Wilson

Jr.

6-4

295

Mike Zeigler

Jr.

6-4

260

Semisi Fakasiieiki

R-Fr.

6-3

255

Linebackers
Year Height Weight

Markus Bailey

Soph.

6-1

235

Derrick Barnes

Fr.

6-1

250

Ja'Whaun Bentley

Sr.

6-2

260

Andy Chelf

Soph.

6-0

190

Sawyer Dawson

Soph.

6-1

235

Danny Ezechukwu

Sr.

6-2

250

Garrett Hudson

Sr.

6-2

245

Cornel Jones

Fr.

6-2

240

Tobias Larry

Fr.

6-1

210

T.J. McCollum

Grad

6-3

235

Rob Simmons

Jr.

6-5

230

Jonah Williams

Fr.

6-3

235

Zach Randall

Fr.

6-0

200

The B-Sides: Ezechukwu shatters Peter Pan syndrome; thrives despite change

The B-Sides: Expressive Larry wows with writing, rhyming, rapping

Secondary
Year Height Weight

Jacob Abrams

Fr.

6-2

195

Antonio Blackmon

Jr.

6-0

195

Tim Cason

Jr.

6-0

195

Wes Cook

Sr.

5-10

190

David Day

Soph.

5-9

185

Kamal Hardy

Sr.

5-11

185

Josh Hayes

Soph.

6-0

185

Ronnie Hill

Soph.

6-0

200

Da'Wan Hunte

Sr.

5-9

190

T.J. Jallow

Jr.

6-2

200

Race Johnson

Sr.

5-11

185

Mike Little

Soph.

6-0

195

Dedrick Mackey

Fr.

5-11

175

Kenneth Major

Fr.

6-0

190

Navon Mosley

Soph.

6-0

190

Josh Okonye

Grad

6-0

200

C.J. Parker

Sr.

6-1

205

Brandon Shuman

Soph.

5-11

170

Simeon Smiley

R-Fr.

6-0

205

Brennan Thieneman

R-Fr.

6-1

200

Jacob Thieneman

Jr.

6-1

210

Dennis Johnson

Fr.

6-3

180

More: Thieneman brothers savoring experience as Boilermakers together ($)

The B-Sides: The Omega Men

Specialists

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Specialists
Position Year Height Weight

Brian Bravo

K

Jr.

6-2

195

J.D. Dellinger

K

Soph.

6-2

195

Spencer Evans

K

Jr.

6-1

200

Jake Herr

P

Soph.

6-5

230

Myles Homan

K

Soph.

6-1

220

Ben Makowski

LS

Jr.

6-2

250

Ryan Sadkowski

LS

Jr.

5-11

225

Joe Schopper

P

Jr.

6-0

210

Zac Collins

K

Fr.

6-1

180

Brooks Royal

LS

Fr.

6-2

170

Performance complex updates

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Updates ($): Complex in final stage; furniture being moved in | Near maximum work force engaged in crunch time | Mild winter helps progress, on track in spring | Complex taking shape in November | Performance complex on schedule in mid-June 2016 | Initial stages started on facility

Training camp coverage

Training camp coverage schedule
Date Time Quick count/Brohm video Positional story

Aug. 3 (open)

2:45-4:45 p.m.

Day 1

Day 1

Aug. 4 (open)

2:45-4:45 p.m.

Day 2

Day 2

Aug. 5 (open)

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Day 3

Day 3

Aug. 7 (closed)

9:45-11:45 a.m.

Day 4

Day 4

Aug. 8 (closed)

9:45-11:45 a.m.

Day 5

Day 5

Aug. 9 (closed)

9:45-11:45 a.m.

Day 6

Day 6

Aug. 11 (closed)

9:45-11:45 a.m.

Day 7

Day 7

Aug. 13 (closed)

Scrimmage

Day 8

Aug. 14 (closed)

9:45-11:45 a.m.

Day 9

Day 9

Aug. 15 (closed)

9:45-11:45 a.m.

Day 10

Day 10

Aug. 16 (closed)

9:45-11:45 a.m.

Day 11

Day 11

Aug. 17 (closed)

9:45-11:45 a.m.

Day 12

Aug. 18 (closed)

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Aug. 19 (closed)

Scrimmage

Day 14

Day 1: Analysis ($) | Captains selected | Gallery

Day 2: Analysis ($) | Gallery | Reserve a 'sparkplug' at QB, WR

Day 3: Analysis ($) | McCollum ready for increased role

Day 4: Kicker Evans finds fresh start at Purdue

Day 5: Walk-on Thieneman carving out spot, possibly as starter

Day 6: Confident newcomer Zico 'pushing' hard to earn spot

Day 7: Okonye brings veteran pulse to secondary

Day 9: Fuller trying to stay on top

Day 10: Blough out with shoulder injury | Gold and Black Express: Blough ($)

Day 11: Left tackle Hermanns 'prepared' to start as redshirt freshman

Day 12: Sindelar taking advantage of more first-team snaps | Blough targets return

Freshman Focus series ($): Nick Sipe | Tobias Larry | Darius Pittman | KeyRon Catlett | Dedrick Mackey | Allen Daniels | Viktor Beach

Camp features ($)

Aug. 5: Sindelar ready to take the next step

Aug. 7: Bailey holds himself to higher standard

Aug. 8: Hopkins preparing for larger role

Aug. 9: Learning nuances at safety key for physical, 'nasty' Jallow

Aug. 10: Anthrop continuing to surprise

Aug. 10: 'More mature' sophomore Mosley feels breakthrough coming

Aug. 11: Mahoungou pushing toward coveted spot

Aug. 14: Phillips working on small details

Aug. 15: Jones' plenty-to-prove attitude pushing him back in RB mix

Aug. 16: Healthy Neal ready to add to DT rotation

Aug. 17: Grad transfer O-linemen adjusting quickly

Countdown to camp 

Positions series ($): Quarterbacks | Running backs | Receivers | O-line | Tight ends | Defensive line | Linebackers | Cornerbacks | Safeties | Special teams

Analysis ($): Position battles | Freshmen to watch | Players with something to prove | Reasons for optimism | Breakout players

Summer workouts: Purdue got better, more work needed | Lovett picks standouts ($)

Coverage from Big Ten media days

Camp needed to clear up muddled running back race | Handful of players stand out in summer ($) | Linebackers are strength of the defense | Recruiting start pleasant surprise | Blough wows with speech at luncheon | Brohm: Older players needed for 'a chance' | Bentley preparing for big senior season

Purdue media day

Brohm wants intense, competitive camp; notes | Transfer Holmes 'hungry' to prove worth

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