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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
Aug 6 - 11:36 AM

If the Purdue redshirt senior DE Ryan Russell "takes the next step in his development" he'll "be the next Purdue alum to get a chance to star at the next level," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"The Boilermakers are well represented in the NFL at the pass rush position (Cliff Avril, Ryan Kerrigan, Anthony Spencer, Mike Neal, Rob Ninkovich and Shaun Phillips to name a few) and Russell will be the next Purdue alum to get a chance to star at the next level, especially if he takes the next step in his development as a senior," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-5, 273 pound Russell made the transition from a 3-4 base defense last season, and his numbers took a dip, with Russell finishing with two sacks, giving him 7 sacks in his 35 starts in his career at Purdue. However, the Boilermakers' prospect has a "blend of power and burst to win at the point of attack" and can be "effective vs. both the run and pass," Brugler notes.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 5 - 4:25 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes if Purdue redshirt senior TE Gabe Holmes "can stay healthy and consistent, Holmes will continue to ascend up draft boards."

"He has never had more than four catches or 50 receiving yards in a single game, but if he can stay healthy and consistent, Holmes will continue to ascend up draft boards," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-5, 258 pound Holmes missed the 2013 season due to a dislocated left wrist last September and was forced to sit out this spring to improve his grades so he could be eligible for the 2014 season. With nine career starts under his belt, Holmes has only 37 career catches for 305 yards and three touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 5 - 4:00 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman named Purdue senior RB Raheem Mostert to his "All-Freak Team," and called him "the fastest man in the Big Ten" and "a legit kickoff return threat."

The Boilermaker prospect has been reported to be the fastest football player in the NCAA. The 5-foot-11, 186 pound Mostert, took gold in the 60-meter (6.63) and 200-meter (20.73) at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Source: Fos Sports
Jul 8 - 9:35 PM

Purdue senior RB Raheem Mostert is ranked by NFL.com as the fastest football player in the NCAA.

If the Boilermakers figure out a way to get the ball in the senior's hands in space this fall, watch out. Mostert qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100-meter relay earlier this year. Purdue hasn't gotten him involved in the offense over the past three years, but we've seen flashes of Mostert's speed as a standout returner.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 7 - 11:20 PM

Bucs selected Purdue OL Kevin Pamphile with the No. 149 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Pamphile (6-foot-4 5/8, 310) is a former defensive lineman that switched over and manned the left tackle spot for the Boilermakers for the last two seasons. He began generating buzz after his Pro Day, running a 4.92 and posting a 32-inch vertical leap. A favorite sleeper of our Josh Norris, Pamphile has the talent to compete for the right guard job in Tampa. There's upside to be mined here as he continues to learn the position.
May 10 - 2:56 PM

Falcons selected Purdue CB Ricardo Allen with the No. 147 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Allen (5-foot-9 1/8, 187) got by on technique and playmaking ability in the Big 10, but was often pushed around by stronger receivers and is speed deficient with a 4.61 forty time. Still, Allen was a ballhawk (13 career interceptions, school record four pick-sixes) and has a feisty, aggressive playing style that could eventually earn him slot corner duties. He's simply too small and slow to line up outside.
May 10 - 2:46 PM


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