We have a week to go and today we have two players that are integral to Purdue's success in 2015.
Robert Gregory - Jr.
Chicago, IL (Simeon HS)
6'1", 216 pounds
2015 Projection: Starter at safety
I have to give a ton of credit to Gregory for sticking around through two position switches. He came to Purdue as a highly rated quarterback in Danny Hope's amazing recruiting class of all quarterbacks (seriously, Hope had FOUR QUARTERBACKS IN THE 2012 RECRUITING CLASS!). He switched to running back before moving to safety last season. He notched two tackles while mostly playing on special teams each of the last two seasons.
Finally, after three years on campus, Gregory is ready to be a starter. He is listed as the starting safety as of right now, but with a bit of an asterisk. Coaches say he is not as disciplined in coverage, but he is a hard hitter that can make some spectacular plays. That sounds exactly like what we need. Since he was an excellent dual threat QB in high school it doesn't surprise me he is athletic.
DeAngelo Yancey - Jr.
Atlanta, GA (Mays HS)
6'2", 223 pounds
2015 Projection: Starter at wide receiver
Yancey needs to have a bounceback year in 2015. After being one of the few bright spots in 2013 with 32 receptions for 546 yards and two touchdowns he was a virtual ghost last season despite playing in every game. He dropped off to only 12 catches for 147 yards and 3 scores. Just one TD came during the Big Ten season as he struggled to get separation.
Yancey has admitted that he let the press of his decent freshman season get to his head a little. He has had a very good spring and fall camp as he prepares for the season, which is good. Purdue needs more than Danny Anthrop in the passing game. A fully engaged Yancey can be a major asset.