Wide Receiver/Tight End
For all the talk of who is throwing the football, perhaps the real secret to getting this offense going is finding some true playmakers at wide receiver. It certainly was a position lacking in big play ability last season and really ever since Hazell took over the program.
The only bright spot has been senior Danny Anthrop, who caught 38 passes for 619 yards and four touchdowns. Not terrible numbers considering all that was (or wasn’t) around him. However, a secondary option never really emerged for Purdue and that is the key for this fall camp.
Anthrop is likely to be the biggest fan of seeing improvement from DeAngelo Yancey that’s for sure. The junior took a major step back this past season, going from 32 receptions to just 12 this past season. He has the body to be a huge weapon downfield and in the red zone, but something needs to switch on in August if he is to be a part of the plan going forward.
The coaching staff clearly wasn’t happy with the progression of the position, going the JUCO route and picking up sophomore Anthony Mahoungou and junior Domonique Young. If they can be immediate help this group may be just what is needed to become a viable threat.
As for tight end, this group lacks a lot in the way of experience with only sophomore Jordan Jurasevich registering major playing time. In a more pro-style offense this group needs to be just as helpful in stretching defenses as it is in blocking for the run game. Who that person is is a mystery entering fall camp.
No doubt, this group has to step up as they can’t have a running back lead the team in receptions once again.