We all know what happened....again....but I'm going to address a few issues.
1. TerBush has now been given an opportunity...and from what I've heard (and seen in spring ball) is that he can REALLY throw. He's been in the program for several years now. We have a veteran line and unproven, young talent at receiver.
2. Everyone was complaining about Hope not giving Rob all of the reps with the 1s...that's exactly why. When Hope was talking about playing two quarterbacks, everyone seemed to assume it meant a full dual-QB system. That is simply not the case. We're going to play multiple QBs in the FIRST GAME so that the starter and backup both have more game experience. Hope has said this multiple times now and I honestly can't believe people still think we're running a dual-QB system all season.
3. The Defense- This is where my optimism can grow. We return studs at D tackle, corner, and linebacker. Evans and Link are both seniors. DE is a question mark, but a finally healthy Gooden should be more productive. I would keep a very close eye on Ryan Russell as well. I'll throw this out there too...Rico Island is real. We have potentially the best DB in the nation.
4. The ACL situation has been AWFUL...I echo those sentiments. But it astounds me...in fact I find it hilarious...that people think there's a fault in the strength and conditioning staff. ACLs have been a serious problem at Purdue since February 2010. We JUST changed those coaches...so saying they're doing something wrong is faulty logic. These injuries happen...and if you look around sports news, we're not the only school with players tearing ACLs. Bolden and Marve had ACL issues before Purdue too, so the curse had nothing to do with them. One tear can easily lead to another and they had weak knees.
The main point I'm trying to make is that a bowl game is still on the radar. September 3rd is almost here. And giving up is not something Boilermakers do. Stand tall and stand together.