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.
Darrell Hazell

opponents

    returning starters

    Gary Bush
    6 Position: WR
    height/weight: 6-0 / 179
    Information: In 2012 started all 13 games ... finished with 41 receptions for 365 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns ... also had two rushes for 18 yards .
    Gabe Holmes
    86 Position: TE
    height/weight: 6-5 / 243
    Information: Preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award. In 2012 appeared in 12 games, making three starts ... caught a career-high 25 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
    Justin Kitchens
    51 Position: OT
    height/weight: 6-4 / 290
    Information: Appeared in 11 games in 2012, making nine starts at tackle..
    Robert Kugler
    57 Position: C
    height/weight: 6-3 / 284
    Information: Appeared in all 13 games in 2012, starting the final seven ... moved from tight end to center in spring drills.
    Kevin Pamphile
    64 Position: OT
    height/weight: 6-5 / 315
    Information: Appeared in all 13 games last season, starting nine at left tackle.
    Ricardo Allen
    21 Position: CB
    height/weight: 5-9 / 186
    Information: Holds the Purdue record with four interceptions returned for touchdowns. In 2012 appeared in all 13 games, making 11 starts ... second team (coaches), honorable mention (media) All-Big Ten.
    Landon Feichter
    44 Position: S
    height/weight: 6-0 / 189
    Information: In 2012 honorable mention All-Big Ten (media) ... defensive team MVP ... started all 13 games at safety ... led the Big Ten Conference with four interceptions ... led Purdue in tackles with 80 total stops, including 54 solo tackles and 2.0 for loss ... broke up three passes.
    Bruce Gaston
    90 Position: DT
    height/weight: 6-2 / 310
    Information: Started all 13 games last season ... finished with 28 total tackles, including 19 solo stops and 5.5 for losses. In 2011, appeared in all 13 games, making nine starts ... finished with 30 tackles, including 7.0 for losses with 3.0 sacks
    Joe Gilliam
    39 Position: LB
    height/weight: 6-1 / 227
    Information: Started all 13 games in 2012 ... finished fourth on the team with 57 total tackles, including 41 solo stops and 2.5 for loss.
    Ryan Isaac
    61 Position: DT
    height/weight: 6-4 / 294
    Information: Appeared in 12 games in 2012, making seven starts ... finished with 14 total tackles, seven solo, and two PBUs.
    Will Lucas
    45 Position: LB
    height/weight: 5-11 / 236
    Information: In 2012, appeared in all 13 games, making seven starts ... was second on the team with 66 total tackles, including 54 solo stops and 6.5 for loss ... forced three fumbles, recovered two, had an interception and a PBU.
    Taylor Richards
    4 Position: S
    height/weight: 5-10 / 192
    Information: Started all 13 games at safety in 2012 ... finished fifth on the team with 51 total tackles, including 43 solo stops ... had six PBUs and blocked a kick.
    Sean Robinson
    10 Position: LB
    height/weight: 6-3 / 240
    Information: Special teams MVP last season ... appeared in 12 games, making six starts ... had 27 total tackles, including 18 solo stops, and broke up three passes.
    Ryan Russell
    99 Position: DE
    height/weight: 6-5 / 275
    Information: In 2012 started all 13 games ... second on the team with 8.5 tackles for loss ... finished with 37 total tackles, including 29 solo stops and 4.0 sacks.

    2012 stats

    passing
    name GP Eff Cmp-Att-Int Pct Yds TD
    Robert Marve 10 138.8 166-253-5 65.6 1734 15
    Caleb TerBush 8 120.7 108-189-8 57.1 1150 12
    Rob Henry 11 123.8 21-38-1 55.3 216 3
    Rushing
    name GP att yds avg TD Avd/G
    Akeem Shavers 13 181 871 4.8 6 67.0
    Akeem Hunt 13 42 335 8.0 2 25.8
    Ralph Bolden 7 54 325 6.0 0 46.4
    Brandon Cottom 13 23 209 9.1 2 16.1
    Raheem Mostert 8 16 87 5.3 1 10.6
    Receiving
    name GP No. yds avg TD Avd/G
    Antavian Edison 13 58 652 11.2 8 50.2
    O.J. Ross 11 56 454 8.1 2 41.3
    Gary Bush 13 41 360 8.8 7 27.7
    Dolapo Macarthy 11 28 252 9.0 1 22.9
    Gabe Holmes 12 25 158 6.3 2 13.2
    Crosby Wright 13 22 283 12.9 0 21.8