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6 Days To Purdue Football: Gary Bush and Frankie Williams

I am excited to see Gary Bush play this season for a couple of reasons. First, he is a legitimate big play threat with his speed. Second, I want him to be as happy as possible in West Lafayette since his younger brother, Deon, is a four-star safety we are currently recruiting. The happier Gary is the more likely we are to have him as our #1 recruiter of his very talented brother.

Gary Bush - So. (RS)

Hometown: Miami, FL (Christopher Columbus HS)

Wide Receiver

6', 175 pounds

2011 Projection: Contributor at wide receiver

Bush played little last season, but still had some pretty good moments. he had his first career touchdown very late in the Illinois game. All told he had 11 catches for 95 yards and a score. He played in two games as a true freshman in 2009, but a sports hernia limited him the rest of the year and he ended up redshirting.

Bush can bring a vertical element to our offense because he might be our fastest receiver. I expect him to be in the rotation with Justin Siller, O.J. Ross, and Antavian Edison. In the (hopefully) unlikely event that Siller has to play quarterback Bush's role will be even larger.

Frankie Williams - Fr.

Hometown: Tampa. FL (T.R. Robinson HS)

Defensive Back

5'9" 180 pounds

2011 Projection: possible redshirt

Frankie Williams is a player that Coach Hope has mentioned as a true freshman contributor, but given the depth we have at defensive back I would rather have him redshirt and prepare for next season. He came to us as a player without a true position, and he still could end up on the offensive side of the ball as a running back or receiver. He also could be a special teams ace like Raheem Mostert. He had a combined nine kickoff and punt return touchdowns at Coral Glades HS, tying a school record set by Javier Arenas of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Basically, Williams si a dangerous man with the ball in his hands. he was a solid receiver and defensive back at the previous level, but I could see him returning kicks this year with Mostert as they form a very dangerous combination.

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