Finally, the end is here! The last day of the countdown features two players who figure very largely in Purdue's plans for 2013.
Akeem Hunt - Jr.
Covington, Georgia (Newton HS)
5'9", 184 pounds
2013 Projection: Starter at running back
Normondo Harris - Sr.
Miami, Florida (Monsignor Pace HS)
6', 180 pounds
Contributor at cornerback
I am really excited to see Hunt play this year. I felt he was criminally underused in the Nordfense and he has been a home run hitter through the first two seasons of his career. he is not expected to be an every down back and was very impressive in fall camp. For his career he has 622 yards and four touchdowns on only 75 carries, which is good for a damned impressive 8.3 yards per carry. He has also caught 14 passes for 208 yards and two more touchdown, giving him an average of 14.9 yards per catch. Finally, he was a dangerous returned with a 100 yard kickoff return for a score at Ohio State.
Hunt is a threat to score every time he touches the football, and the good news is that he will touch it A LOT more in 2013. He had a 100 yard game vs. eastern Michigan last year and had 100 yards on only 10 carries at Indiana in 2011.
For Harris, he is a senior leader that will provide depth and the occasional spot start in the secondary. For his career he has a modest 41 tackles in 23 games, six of them starts. He played in all 13 games in 2011 but only played in four last season. Ricardo Allen, Frankie Williams, and Antoine Lewis are ahead of him on the depth chart, but Harris provides valuable depth and experience as a senior.