It is always interesting to see what happens when a player comes out of a redshirt year. Last year we weren't able to redshirt as many guys as we wanted because injuries forced several into action before they were ready. Guys we had previously recruited and were now upperclassmen had not panned out, leaving us with a dearth of experience. That lead to our struggles and a 4-8 season.
One such player that was able to redshirt was a Rashad Frazier, who now could be called upon to fill the void left by Ryan Kerrigan's graduation. This redshirt freshman has a lot of potential, so we should see him at some time this year.
Rashad Frazier - Fr. (RS)
Hometown: Middletown, OH (Middletown HS)
2011 Projection: Possible Contributor at Defensive End
Bruce Gaston, Gerald Gooden, and Kawann Short appear to have the other four starting spots nailed down along the defensive line, with Ryan Russell as one of the leaders to replace Kerrigan. Frazier came to us a year ago as an athletic big defensive end that has a background in basketball, baseball, and soccer. He played just one year of high school football, but his 55 tackles and 5.5 sacks was enough for Purdue to recruit him. Middletown made the Ohio state playoffs for the first time in 19 years because of him, and before that he lived in Maine where he mostly played basketball and soccer.
There hasn't been a lot of talk about him, so that leads me to believe he is still developing as a player. Kevin Pamphile is very similar type of guy in that he didn't play a lot of high school football, but he is developing after a long basketball career. I think he is still a year away, but there will be a lot of guys fighting for Kerrigan's spot so you never know.
GoldandBlack.com - Hope eager and optimistic: Football update
Some interesting football notes, including the likelihood that Randy Gregory won't make it to campus this year.
Josh Lindblom Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights | dodgers.com: Team
Josh Lindblom, former Purdue pitcher, gave up two hits and no runs in his Major League debut the other night (link includes video.
Summer Wood Bat League Placements For Returning Boilers
A number of Purdue baseball players set to return for the 2012 season will continue playing ball throughout summer, joining teams from Massachusetts to Los Angeles for NCAA-sanctioned summer wood bat leagues.