Position Glance: Defensive Line
Aug. 15, 2017




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Position Coach: Reggie Johnson

Returning Starters: Austin Larkin (Sr.), Gelen Robinson (Sr.), Eddy Wilson (Jr.)
Other Returning Letterwinners: Alex Criddle (So.), Antoine Miles (5th), Lorenzo Neal (So.)
Others: Allen Daniels (Fr.), Ray Ellis (Jr.), Kai Higgins (So.), Keiwan Jones (Jr.), Giovanni Reviere (Fr.), Chazmyn Turner (So.), Anthony Watts (R-Fr.), Robert McWilliams III (Fr.), Mike Zeigler (Jr.)

At A Glance: Robinson returns for his final season after posting 61 tackles, including a team-high 5.0 sacks, in 2016. His 8.0 TFLs from last year are the most for any returning player on the roster. Wilson finished last season with 36 total tackles, including 6.0 for losses and 2.5 sacks, despite missing two games. Larkin appeared in 10 games and had 18 total stops with 3.0 for losses and 2.5 sacks. Neal, despite missing five games with an injury, had 3.0 TFLs and a sack in his true freshman season.

Fun Fact: Robinson, the son of Purdue basketball All-American Glenn Robinson, returned an interception 78 yards for a touchdown against Eastern Kentucky last year. The return was the longest pick-six for a Boilermaker since current Atlanta Falcon safety Ricardo Allen took an interception back 94 yards against Michigan in 2010.

Johnson Says: "We have some of the older guys on the defensive line. We have veteran players who have played a lot of football, with Eddy (Wilson), (Austin) Larkin, Gelen (Robinson). Keiwan (Jones) has played a little bit, Lorenzo (Neal) has played a little bit. These guys have a lot of playing experience on the field. That's the reason we feel really good about the group."

Larkin Says: "We know we need to set the tone every single snap. We know we can be a great unit. We push each other to do a great job. It comes down to execution and making sure we do our job. We have guys that we can count on to make plays. There is so much intensity this year. A lot of it comes from (co-defensive coordinator Nick) Holt. He is one intense guy and fires us up. Coach Johnson helps to put us in the best position we can be and make sure we are held accountable."

Practice Notes: The Boilermakers were in full pads Tuesday. The defensive line has put pressure in the backfield all fall long. Head coach Jeff Brohm is continuing to look for depth at every position so he can try to keep his top guys fresh throughout games. That has been evident throughout practices, as the staff gives guys as many opportunities as possible working through a rotation.
 

 

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