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Purdue Boilermakers Football Preview: A look at the 2015 defense

Earlier today we took our Purdue Boilermakers preview from the way back machine to looking forward for a change, with a look at the offense. So, it’s only natural that after that we give the same amount of coverage to the defensive side of the ball.

It’s this side that has been the somewhat bright spot of the Hazell era, but could that be changing heading in to the 2015 season? There is a rising sophomore with an unknown future at defensive end, a steady star in a secondary that otherwise has underwhelmed and a linebacking group with a lot more in the way of questions than answers too.

Let’s just say, while the Boilermakers defense was the strength it wasn’t exactly good either. After all, the defense ranked in the double digits of the Big Ten in scoring, rushing, passing and total defense in 2014.

Can any of that change now that more and more of Hazell’s recruits are about to see the field? Let’s see what the 2015 season looks like on the defensive side of the ball.

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Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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