We're almost there, and today we have two players that have paid their dues by playing a lot earlier in their careers.
Dan Monteroso - Jr.
St. Clairsville, OH (St. Clairsville HS)
6'3", 192 pounds
2015 Projection: Contributor at Wide Receiver
Monteroso continues the trend of Purdue having big, strong receivers under Darrell Hazell. He has played a lot, but has not racked up many stats. In fact, in seven games, complete with a pair of starts, over two years he has one catch for four yards and one rushing attempt for a loss of a yard. A knee injury in preseason camp last year limited him to just two games.
Still, Monteroso has a lot of promise. He had some good moments in fall camp this year and the Academic All-Big Ten selection could be a regular player in the rotation at receiver this year.
Anthony Brown - Sr.
Tampa, FL (Hillborough HS)
5'11", 195 pounds
2015 Projection: Starter at Cornerback
Brown enters 2015 as one of the most experienced players on the roster. He is one of the few remaining Danny Hope players that has made a huge impact. Over the past three seasons he has played in 34 of a possible 37 games and he has started 22 of the last 24 at cornerback. Surprisingly, he has not made an interception in that time. He has been active in the passing game with 13 pass breakups, however.
With Frankie Williams on the other side Brown makes sure that Purdue has two of the better corners in the entire Big Ten. He is one of the leaders on the defense and a proven producer of tackles and pass breakups. As teams look to avoid Williams Brown can have a big year with opposing quarterbacks choosing to deal with him instead.
Also, as a final note, Brown was my assigned player from the athletic department to send me a personal thank you postcard from my JPC donation. Happy to help out, Anthony.