We're into the single digits, everyone! Hopefully the 10-game losing streak also ends in nine days, and both No. 9 players could play a large role in that.
Dan Monteroso - So.
St. Clairsville, OH (St. Clairsville HS)
6'3", 197 pounds
2014 Projection: Contributor at wide receiver
Of all the true freshmen that played last season, Monteroso was probably the most unfortunate to have lost his redshirt. He was projected to play quite a bit, but was then hampered by injuries once the season started. He ended up playing in five games, starting two, but did not have a catch. In fact, he only had one rushing carry for a loss of a yard.
Monteroso does give us another big receiver hat can be a matchup advantage, but he may find it hard to crack the top six rotation this year. Cameron Posey, DeAngelo Yancey, B.J. Knauf, Danny Anthrop, and Gregory Phillips already have the top five spots pretty much locked down. Myles Norwood, Trae Hart, and Shane Mikesky also are competing as well.
Of an interesting note, his Twitter handle says he is a
#PokémonMaster, so if he gets weird creatures to come out of hte football, even better.
Anthony Brown - Jr.
Tampa, FL (Hillsborough HS)
5'11", 195 pounds
2014 Projection: Starter at cornerback
For the last two seasons Brown has been a regular contributor at safety, and he has shifted over to cornerback this season. He started 10 of 12 games last year and finished with 69 tackles, 3 for loss, and recovered a fumble. The year before that he had six tackles in 10 games as a reserve. As one of Purdue's most experienced players he is expected to be a leader on the defense.
Brown had a solid spring as well. If I remember correctly, he picked off a pair of passes in the spring game, one being a very athletic interception. The best game of his career was a nine tackle effort last year against Nebraska.