We're getting into the numbers now generally reserved for the offensive line, so we're getting into the players that will have the largest say on whether there will be any success this season. Purdue was not a great defensive team in 2013, but the offense was putrid mostly because of awful line play. Conversely, if there is improved line play there is reason that there can be some surprises in 2014. As a team playing in a power conference, a bowl game should be the minimal goal each and every season, even for Purdue. We can essentially schedule three wins to get halfway there. Getting three wins in conference, even this year, is possible too. Beat a bad Illinois team, a Northwestern team at home that was 1-7 in the league last year, and beating Indiana should never be considered impossible.
Today's player will have a big say in that.
Joey Warburg - So. (RS)
Louisville, KY (Trinity HS)
6'5", 271 pounds
2014 Projection: Possible starter on the offensive line
I have to list Warburg as a possible starter because, quite frankly, every position on the line should be up for grabs. Warburg was a winner, as he won consecutive state championships in high school at Louisville Trinity. While there, he blocked for the now departed Dalyn Dawkins. He also played next to Long Snapper Jesse Schmitt.
Warburg saw some limited action last season as a reserve, but more is expected out of him this year as he was part of a group of redshirt freshmen linemen last season hat need to come into their own in 2014. He likely projects more as a tackle, but still needs to add some weight.