Today we have two more seniors that hope to end their Purdue careers with a bang in 2016.
Bilal Marshall – Sr.
Miami, FL (Dade Christian HS)
6’2”, 201 pounds
2016 Projection: Contributor at Wide Receiver
Marshall is the last player we will feature that was originally recruited by Danny Hope. He was a quarterback originally before moving to receiver during his redshirt year in 2012. Even then, he has a pair of passing attempts and even completed a nine yard pass last season against Bowling Green.
Last year is his only year of extensive playing time. He played as a reserve in 2013 (notching his first pass attempt) and was a reserve last season. He ended up catching seven passes for 72 yards. This season he should be a factor as one of the top reserve receivers behind Yancey, Posey, Gregory, and Young.
Leroy Clark – Sr.
Miami, FL (Archbishop Carroll HS)
5’10”, 197 pounds
2016 Projection: Starter at Safety
Clark is the incredibly rare commodity at Purdue. He is a four-star recruit (according to ESPN) who has actually been a major contributor throughout his career. He has played in 35 of 36 possible games under Hazell with 16 starts. That experience has paid off with 130 tackles (including a team high 88 last season) and two interceptions. His biggest play was a 66 yard interception return last season that set up a touchdown at Wisconsin.
Clark will be a major player on this year’s defense and he brings the most experience we have in the secondary. In fact, he likely has more experience alone than every other defensive back on the roster combined. We will need his leadership badly.