I am a big fan of Jared Crank. he's been a true fullback during his entire time in West Lafayette and has been very successful in the few times he has touched the ball. As the next player on the countdown I think he can be a major factor this year in the offense.
Jared Crank - Sr. (RS)
Hometown: Richardson, TX (American Heritage HS)
6'2", 235 pounds
2011: Projection: Starter at Fullback
As one of the few guys able to play all season in 2010 Crank saw action in all twelve games. He had 76 yards on 22 carries, with almost half of those coming on a 36-yard touchdown run that accounted for his only score. He also caught one pass for 14 yards. this was after a 2009 season that saw him earn a modest 16 yards on three carries and three catches for 17 yards. One of those catches was a 13 yard catch for a touchdown against Indiana.
Purdue seems to have the most success under Danny Hope when we run a two back under center set, and Crank was a solid lead blocker for Ralph Bolden in 2009. I think he can play a similar role this year while getting a few more carries of his own. he can also catch passes out of the backfield, as proven in that Indiana game.
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