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Purdue redshirt senior DE Ryan Russell accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

At 6-foot-5, 273 pounds, Russell looks every bit the part of a potential long-time NFL defensive end. He adds to that frame an impressive combo of muscle and explosion. The parts, however, have never added up. While Russell can hold his own and contain the edge in the run game, he's never figured out how to be consistently productive or develop a pass-rushing aspect to his game. He's on the Day 3 fringe right now.
Dec 4 - 3:10 PM

Purdue senior RB Akeem Hunt had 171 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in Saturday's 23-16 loss to Indiana.

Purdue finished 3-9 this year, but none of its struggles can be blamed on Hunt, who performed admirably without much of a supporting cast to help him. The senior finished with 949 rushing yards (5.5 YPA) and six touchdowns, and 48 receptions for 292 yards and two more scores. TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline compared Hunt to Darren Sproles in early October, writing that despite being just 5-foot-8, 185 pounds, he "plays big" and has a similar style to the Eagles' runner.
Dec 2 - 1:38 AM

Tulane redshirt freshman Sherman Badie might not play against Houston on Saturday.

Head coach Curtis Johnson called Badie his "most dynamic" offensive player. "It's always a concern when you lose a player like Sherman," Johnson said. Badie's currently dealing with the ankle injury that he suffered in Tulane's last contest. On the season, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound freshman has rushed for 595 yards on 92 carries to go with three touchdowns.
Nov 5 - 9:20 PM

Purdue OC John Shoop said that he thinks the team "has to keep riding " senior RB Akeem Hunt.

Hunt has carried the ball 125 times, with a season-high of 30 carries coming against Illinois on October 4. "Nothing Akeem does surprises me," said Shoop. For the year, the senior has racked up 706 yards and scored five touchdowns. TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline compared Hunt to Darren Sproles in early October, writing that despite being just 5-foot-8, 185 pounds, he "plays big" and has a similar style to the Philadelphia Eagles runner.
Source: JC Online
Nov 5 - 7:06 PM

Purdue HC Darrell Hazell said that junior WR Danny Anthrop will not play again this season following Anthrop's ACL injury suffered against Nebraska.

Anthrop was injured returning a punt, something he rarely does. "You feel so bad for him," Hazell said. "The guy plays so hard and brings so much energy and passion to the field, practice field, game field every single day. That’s what makes him a special guy. He’s a great competitor and absolutely loves the game." This season, Anthrop had piled up 616 yards on 38 catches and acted as Purdue's best offensive weapon. He's likely out until next spring.
Source: Indy Star
Nov 4 - 6:12 PM

Lafayette Journal & Courier's Mike Carmin reports that Purdue junior WR Danny Anthrop will likely miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

The 6-foot, 191 pound Anthrop, suffered the injury during Purdue's loss to Nebraska on Saturday. The Purdue prospect lead the Boliermakers with 38 receptions for 616 yds and 4 TDs. Unfortunately for Purdue, they've lost their biggest threat in their passing attack.
Nov 3 - 2:14 PM

Purdue senior RB Akeem Hunt had 96 rushing yards and three touchdowns on only 12 carries in Saturday's loss to Michigan State.

That's an average of eight yards per carry against a very strong defense. On the year, he's picking up 6.2 YPC and has added 24 receptions for 131 yards. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote last week that Hunt is a "diminutive ball carrier but a gamer with home run hitting speed." The 5-foot-9, 184-pound Hunt runs a 4.52 forty.
Oct 12 - 5:38 PM

Purdue senior RB Akeem Hunt is a "diminutive ball carrier but a gamer with home run hitting speed," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Hunt had 177 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries in Saturday's win over Illinois. "He’s not very tall (5-feet/8-inches and 185 pounds) but plays big and has a style similar to Darren Sproles," Pauline wrote. Hunt runs a 4.52 forty. Hunt "has the run awareness and patience to pick through a crowd with his compact frame," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote over the summer.
Oct 6 - 10:47 PM

Purdue senior RB Akeem Hunt had 177 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries in Saturday's win over Illinois.

He added four catches for 22 yards. The 5-foot-9, 184-pound Hunt runs a 4.52 forty. Hunt "has the run awareness and patience to pick through a crowd with his compact frame," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote over the summer. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes he is "worth the roll of the dice in the last round."
Oct 5 - 10:00 PM

Purdue redshirt senior TE Gabe Holmes' sluggish return from injury is suppressing his draft stock, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-5, 258-pound Holmes dislocated his left wrist last September and missed the remainder of the season. "Holmes was graded as a draftable player prior to the 2013 season but a wrist injury kept him on the sidelines all year," Pauline wrote. "This year scouts stamped Holmes as a priority free agent but he’s been slow out of the gate and has been outplayed by his teammate, Justin Sinz, who was graded as a priority free agent." Holmes was also forced to sit out this spring to improve his grades so he could be eligible for this season, so it's entirely possible that he's still shaking off rust. Holmes entered the season with only 37 career catches for 305 yards and three touchdowns.
Sep 9 - 4:21 PM

Purdue has named sophomore Danny Etling the team's starting QB.

Etling started the final seven games last season as a true freshman, completing 55.8 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. EPN's score sheet shows Etling with 31 total sacks taken last year. Sophomore Austin Appleby was likely Etling's top competition.
Aug 18 - 12:09 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline instructs readers to monitor Purdue redshirt senior TE Gabe Holmes' (wrist) return to the field in 2014.

The 6-foot-5, 258-pound Holmes dislocated his left wrist last September and missed the remainder of the season. He was also forced to sit out this spring to improve his grades so he could be eligible for the 2014 season. "Holmes return to the field is something to watch," Pauline wrote. "The tight end was given a draftable grade by a number of scouts prior to the 2013 season, but was shelved for the year after suffering a dislocated wrist." Holmes has only 37 career catches for 305 yards and three touchdowns.
Aug 10 - 5:58 PM

Purdue senior RB Akeem Hunt is "worth the roll of the dice in the last round," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Hunt measures just over 5-feet, 8-inches and weighs in the mid-180’s which could leave him on the outside looking in next April," Pauline wrote. "Yet the diminutive ball carrier is a gamer who produces in a variety of ways. Hunt is a legitimate pass catching threat out of the backfield and comes with game breaking speed." In addition to his work out of the backfield, Hunt also provides special team value, having averaged 26.1 yards per kick return last year. The 5-foot-9, 184-pound Hunt runs a 4.52 forty. Pauline grades him as a Round 7 prospect.
Aug 10 - 3:09 PM

Purdue senior RB Akeem Hunt "has the run awareness and patience to pick through a crowd with his compact frame," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The analyst stresses that Hunt is "not as fast or flashy" as more heralded starter Raheem Mostert, but adds that he's "the more proven option in the backfield after leading the team in rushing a year ago." Hunt also provides special team value, having averaged 26.1 yards per kick return last year. The 5-foot-9, 184-pound Hunt runs a 4.52 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 7 - 6:40 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Purdue senior RB Raheem Mostert has "beautiful acceleration and the raw speed to be a home run threat whenever he touches the ball."

"Mostert has seen minimal time on offense, but is expected to see extensive playing time as a senior in 2014. He eats up grass in a hurry with beautiful acceleration and the raw speed to be a home run threat whenever he touches the ball. Mostert's run instincts and vision have been streaky, but his speed makes Purdue's offense worth watching," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-11, 186 pound Mostert is arguably the fastest football player in the NCAA, as he took gold in the 60-meter (6.63) and 200-meter (20.73) at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championship. Mostert has switched back-and-forth between wide receiver and running back the last three years, but will get an opportunity to showcase his talents as the Boilermakers' workhorse back in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
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