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Purdue Football: All Decade Team

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Enough with the position by position. Here it is. All 25 spots.

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Enough with the position group listings. Here is my all decade team from the 2010’s for Purdue Football.

Let it be noted, they can play 1 year (2010 or 2019) and still be on this team. No reason to leave out the greats, or soon to be greats, right?

Here we go!

Offense:

QB - David Blough - 2015 - 2018 - In 4 years, David compiled over 9,000 yards passing and 60 touchdowns. He helped lead us to back to back bowl games in the first two seasons of the Brohm Era. He is currently with the Detroit Lion, where he has started the past few games.

RB - Markell Jones - 2015-2018 - Indiana Mr. Football Award winner that decided to come to Purdue and try to change the culture. He ended up being the best back of the decade in my opinion. Markell rushed for over 800 yards and 10 touchdowns during the course of his freshman season. Overall, he rushed for more than 2,500 yards.

RB - D.J. Knox - 2014-2018 - D.J. did not find the field right away. But his last two season were his best seasons under Coach Brohm he became the lead back. In 2018 he rushed for over 800 yards and stabled the run game for us.

WR - Rondale Moore - 2018 - Present - First true freshman All-American since Adrian Peterson. Rondale was set to have another great season until he tore up his hamstring. During his freshman year he has 112 catches with more than 1,200 yards receiving.

WR - DeAngelo Yancey - 2013 - 2016 - Compiling over 2300 yards in 4 seasons, Yancey was one of the bright spots of the Hazell Era. He ended being a 5th round pick to the Green Bay Paackers. After bouncing around, he was a first round selection in the XFL Draft.

TE - Brycen Hopkins - 2015-2019 - Another steady force, the last two seasons he became a huge threat to defenses, scoring 16 touchdowns. He could potentially be the first tight end drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft.

T - Dennis Kelly - 2008 - 2011 - Dennis is currently the top reserve on the Tennessee Titans offensive line, where he has filled in at both tackle spots and at guard. Kelly was voted captain his junior and senior years at Purdue.

G - Jason king - 2012-2016 - Jason has bounced around NFL practice squads so far during his career. He did play on the Birmingham Iron the AAF before they shut down. King was one of the most consistent offensive lineman of the decade.

C - Kirk “The Body” Barron - 2014-2018 - Kirk spent time with the Bengals after going undrafted. He was selected by the Seattle Dragons with their 7th pick in the XFL Draft.

G - Jordan Roos - 2012 - 2016 - Roos has found a home in Seattle. He has been waived, has been on the practice squad and just about everything there. He has only been with Seattle since 2017, he currently is on their active roster as a reserve offensive lineman.

T - Kevin Pamphile - 2009 -2013 - Kevin was once a defensive tackle, then converted offensive tackle at Purdue, where he thrived at. He was selected by Tampa Bay in the NFL Draft. He currently is a reserve offensive lineman with the Tennessee Titans, being a teammate with Dennis Kelly.

Honorable Mention:

  • Akeem Hunt
  • Cole Herdman
  • David Bell
  • Danny Anthrop
  • Elijah Sindelar

Defense:

DE - George Karlaftis - 2019-Present - George put together one of the best seasons we have ever seen from a freshman defensive lineman at Purdue. He wrecked offensive lineman all season - he will be a treat to watch for 3 more seasons.

DT - Jake Replogle - 2013-2016 - Replogle, who probably would have been destined to be a solid NFL defensive lineman, opted out of the NFL after a scary head injury during his senior season. Jake was solid on the interior defensive line for four seasons.

DT - Kawaan Short - 2009-2012 - Kawaan was dominant at Purdue. He then became a dominant defensive lineman in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers, where he still is at. A couple years ago, KK signed a contract that made him one of the NFL’s highest paid defensive linemen.

DE - Ryan Kerrigan - 2007-2010 - While he only played in 2010 of this decade, Kerrigan was a terror that season, locking up a ton of memorable moments. He also had 13 sacks during that 2010 season. Kerrigan is currently with the Redskins, where he was drafted to in 2011.

LB - Ja’Whuan Bentley - 2014-2017 - A straight monster in the middle, Bentley was a four year starter. He would eventually be drafted to the Patriots, where he still is at today.

LB - Markus Bailey - 2015-2019 - Bailey was going to be our centerpiece this season on defense before ripping up his knee. Bailey has a chance to be drafted in the mid rounds.

LB - Joe Holland - 2008-2011 - Holland, an Indiana native was solid during his entire career at Purdue, totaling over 300 tackles during his time at Purdue.

DB - Ricardo Allen - 2010-2013 - One of the best Purdue Defensive Backs of All Time. Ricardo is 2nd in Purdue’s history for career interceptions. He has made a solid career in Atlanta, where he is a starting safety.

DB - Anthony Brown - 2012-2015 - While starting across from Ricardo for a season at corner, Anthony Brown found his way to being one of the best corners in the Big Ten. He has been with the Dallas Cowboys as one of their veterans on the defense now, where he plays corner.

DB - Navon Mosely - 2016-2019 - This was between Navon and Leroy Clark. Honestly, they both had similar stats during their time at Purdue and both were four year starters. I gave Mosely the nod though, mostly on recency bias. Navon had over 250 career tackles. Last season he was second on the team in total tackles. This past year he was over 80 total tackles again. Look for him to find a home in the NFL.

DB - Frankie Williams - 2012-2015 - A four year starter at multiple positions. Frankie was fantastic at Purdue at Corner. He had 10 career interceptions at Purdue and over 200 tackles. He now thrives in the CFL for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, he is solid at corner and is an exceptional return specialist.

Honorable Mention:

  • Bruce Gaston
  • Ryan Russell
  • Leroy Clark
  • Lorenzo Neal Jr.
  • Gelen Robinson
  • Danny Ezechukwu

Special Teams:

K - Carson Wiggs - 2008-2011 - 97% Extra Point, 77% FG. 2nd in Purdue history for all time field goals at 56. 1st in all time FG % (Minimum 15 attempts)

P - Joe Schopper - 2015-2018 - Averaged over 40 yards per punt while at Purdue.

RETURNER - Raheem Mostert - 2011-2014 - Holds the Purdue Football record for career return yards with over 2,200 yards. Now with the 49ers where he lead the team in rushing yards and touchdowns this season.