There were not many bright spots on the Purdue offense last year, but a very pleasant surprise was today's player. He emerged as a solid contributor as a true freshman and the future looks very promising over the next three years.
DeAngelo Yancey - So.
Atlanta, Georgia (Hays HS)
6'2", 200 pounds
2014 Projection: starter reserve at wide receiver
In terms of catches Yancey was third on the team with 32 in 11 games played. In terms of yardage, no one gained more than his 546. He also added a pair of touchdowns, making him one of the few consistent players on the team. He gave Purdue the reliable, big outside receiver that has been missing for some time. He had no stats against Wisconsin or Illinois (he missed the Illinois game due to injury, and could have meant a difference between a win and a loss), but had his best game in the season finale against Indiana.
Yancey lit up the Hoosiers for 11 catches, 125 yards, and a touchdown, which was one of the best individual game performances of any player. It was also his third 100 yard receiving game of the year, which already puts him ninth on the all-time list of Purdue players with 100 yard receiving games. John Standeford leads that category with 14.
The sky really is the limit for Yancey. Yes, his biggest games came in unmerciful blowouts (Northern Illinois, Nebraska, Indiana), but he got plenty of reps and emerged as a playmaker. Because of a solid freshman season he could leave Purdue with some pretty impressive records.