After getting banged up last week B.J. Knauf looks like the biggest change this week in the depth chart vs. Minnesota:
QB: 1. Austin Appleby 2. Danny Etling
RB: 1. Akeem Hunt 2. Raheem Mostert OR Keyante Green
WR: 1. DeAngelo Yancey 2. Gregory Phillips
WR: 1. Danny Anthrop 2. Cameron Posey
WR: 1. B.J. Knauf 2. Trae Hart OR Dan Monteroso
LT: 1. David Hedelin 2. Cameron Cermin
LG: 1. Jason King 2. Jason Tretter
C: 1. Robert Kugler 2. Cameron Cermin
RG: 1. Jordan Roos 2. Corey Clements
RT: 1. J.J. Prince 2. Cameron Cermin
TE: 1. Gabe Holmes 2. Justin Sinz
DT: 1. Jake Replogle 2. Michael Rouse III
NG: 1. Ra'Zahn Howard 2. Ryan Watson
DE: 1. Ryan Russell 2. Evan Panfil
RE: 1. Jalani Phillips 2. Gelen Robinson
MLB: 1. Ja'Whaun Bentley 2. Garrett Hudson
WLB: 1. Danny Ezechukwu 2. Andy James Garcia
SLB: 1. Jimmy Herman 2. Andy James Garcia
CB: 1. Anthony Brown 2. Leroy Clark
SS: 1. Frankie Williams 2. Taylor Richards
FS: 1. Landon Feichter 2. Austin Logan
CB: 1. Antoine Lewis 2. Da'Wan Hunte
Kickoffs: Paul Griggs
- Coach Hazell has said Hart could get more snaps if Knauf can't go. Cameron Posey has been severely underused compared to his production last season, but someone is going to have to step up because Anthrop has been, by far, Appleby's top target.
- There was some change in the linebacker terminology used this week, but Ja'Whaun Bentley is officially at middle linebacker now. It is a big challenge for the freshman, but I think we can expect him to be here for the next four years as Purdue has FINALLY found an answer at the gaping hole of middle linebacker.
- Another note from coach hazel is that Antoine Lewis may sit more this week in favor of Leroy Clark, who played a lot more last week. If it leads to actual coverage on third and long I am all for it. Clark, a sophomore, has more of a future than Lewis, a senior, anyway.
- Speaking of seniors, it is looking good that Purdue's improvement could reap huge benefits next season. Here are the only seniors currently starting on either side of the ball: Hunt, Holmes/Sinz, Russell, Phillips, Lewis, Feichter. That's six starters lost next year, seven if you count Jesse Schmitt at long snapper. All but one as a solid replacement in the making too:
Hunt - Keyante Green
Holmes/Sinz - ?
Russell - Evan Panfil
Phillips - Gelen Robinson
Lewis - Clark
Feichter - Austin Logan
Schmitt - John Bednar or the recruited long snapper we have coming in.
If this current starting group keeps producing and improving we could see a very big turn around next season.