Part of the reason that Purdue went from abysmally horrid to bad last season was significant improvement on the offensive line. The young line returns all five starters this year and got better, mostly because it was hard to be any worse than it was the year before. While he is not a starter, today's player is a key reserve for a unit that looks to get better in 2015.
Joey Warburg - Jr.
Louisville, KY (Trinity HS)
6'5", 285 pounds
2015 Projection: Key offensive line reserve
Danny Hope did not leave us much. But he did leave a wealth of offensive line prospects that are starting to come along as they enter their final years at Purdue. Many were thrown into the fray as redshirt freshmen in 2013, and that is starting to pay dividends. The unit as a whole should be strong, and Warburg is part of that.
Currently, he projects as a backup at right tackle to classmate Jordan Roos. Warburg can move around a bit, however. He has seen action as a reserve and as a result, can fill in should injury strike. He provides key depth on a line that has three seniors, but is looking for versatile players.