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54 Days To Purdue Football: Jake Replogle and Jack DeBoef

A pair of potential starters in the trenches headline today's player spotlight.

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Since the NCAA allows multiple players to wear the same numbers as long as they are not on the field at the same time today is the first day with two players. Both are potential starters, one on the offensive line and one on the defensive line.

Jake Replogle - So.

Centerville, OH (Centerville HS)

6'5", 269 pounds

Defensive End

2014 Projection: Possible starter at defensive end

Jack DeBoef - Sr. (5)

Penn Furnace, PA (State College HS)

6'7", 290 pounds

Offensive Tackle

2014 Projection: Possible Starter at Offensive Tackle

Starting with Mr. Replogle, you have to wonder if his family has a curse with the Old Oaken Bucket since they rarely have it. His older brothers Tyler Replogle, Mike Replogle, and Adam Replogle all played football at Indiana. Mike is currently a senior at IU and has the Bucket along with family bragging rights. Tyler was a four-year contributor that finished his senior season in possession of the Bucket in 2010, as well as getting it in 2007 as a freshman. Adam was possibly the best of the three brothers, as he started 47 of 48 games in his career before graduating in 2012 and heading off to the Atlanta Falcons.

All three of his brothers were solid players for the Hoosiers, and Jake is already projecting as a regular contributor at Purdue. He was part of the vanguard of freshmen that was thrown into the fire last year and finished with 13 tackles in seven games. His best game was the season finale at Indiana, where he had four tackles with his big brothers watching on the other sideline.

As for Mr. DeBoef, one could consider his career a bit of a disappointment to this point. He was a tall three-star offensive lineman that, quite frankly, should have had a larger impact in the last four seasons. He came to Purdue as one of the top prospects out of the state of Pennsylvania and we got him right out from underneath Penn State's nose as he played for State College HS. Unfortunately, he has been limited to reserve appearances in five games over his first four seasons, two of them in blowouts of FCS teams in SE Missouri State and Eastern Kentucky

With David Hedelin suspended for the first few games of the season DeBoef needs to step up and finally fulfill his potential. He is currently listed as a starter at offensive tackle and he is the only senior on the offensive line on the two-deeps. We're going to have a ridiculously young line and the two incoming JuCos are expected to play a large role, so DeBoef's experience and age have to be positives this year.