2013 Season Outlook
The Boilermakers kick-off a new era in 2013 as Darrell Hazell begins his first season as head coach. He will lead a team that returns 14 starters into one of the nation's toughest schedules. Purdue's opponents won a total of 96 games last season, tied for third-most of any team's opponents, and had three BCS Bowl berths, tied for the most in the country. The Boilermaker defense is up for the challenge with nine returning starters including Landon Feichter who tied for the Big Ten lead with four interceptions last season. Ryan Russell is also back and looks to become the next member of the Den of Defensive Ends as he is the team's leading returner in sacks and tackles for loss. Cornerback Ricardo Allen was named to the watch list for the Nagurski Trophy and holds the school record with four interceptions returned for touchdowns. On the offensive side, Akeem Hunt takes over as the starting running back after rushing 42 times for 335 yards (8.0 avg) in 2012 and has been named to the Hornung Award watch list for the nation's most versatile player. A pair of other Boilermakers has also been named to preseason watch lists as Gabe Holmes is on the Mackey Award list for the top tight end and Cody Webster is on the Ray Guy list for the best collegiate punter.