We’re into single digits before next week’s opener and both of today’s players should factor heavily into Purdue’s success this coming season.
Terry Wright - Sr.
Memphis, TN (Coffeyville Community College)
5’11”, 180 pounds
2018 Projection: Contributor at Wide Receiver
Wright’s best play last season unfortunately never happened. He showcased his speed by taking a screen and racing nearly 50 yards untouched for a touchdown at Missouri. Unfortunately a hold (and a BS celebration penalty) called the play back, but Tario Fuller made up for it with a pair of long gains and a score two plays later.
If Wright can be ont he same page this year his speed will make a huge difference. He caught 29 passes for 274 yards last season and had 45 yards rushing. Some minor injuries and ball security limited him later in the season, however. He is one of those guys that is simply too fast to not have on the field.
Lorenzo Neal - Jr.
Houston, TX (St. Thomas HS)
6’3”, 315 pounds
2018 Projection Starter at Defensive Tackle
Playing in the middle of the defensive line is never easy, but Neal has been a solid asset for two seasons. now he is hte unquestioned leader of the defensive line and was voted a team captain for the coming season. Last year he had 22 tackles, 5.5 for loss, a fumble recovery,and two sacks. As a true freshman in 2016 he had 11 tackles, 3 for loss, with a sack in four starts.
Neal has a strong football background as his dad was a 16 year NFL veteran at one of the hardest position out there: blocking fullback. His dad played for 8 teams and was a one-time teammate of Drew Brees, too.
Neal needs to have a big year because much will be asked of him. If he can get a defensive touchdown he will be a prime candidate for the Piesman trophy, too.