Things to watch as Boilermakers open practice

WEST LAFAYETTE – As Purdue is ready to start preseason practices Tuesday, listed here are a number of the key storylines concerning the Boilermakers as they embark on the 2022 season.

Defensive line depth

While there isn’t any George Karlaftis, there are many our bodies and possibly sufficient to go three deep at every place. No one participant will substitute the first-round draft decide of the Kansas City Chiefs, however a gaggle effort may present related manufacturing from the top place. Branson Deen and Lawrence Johnson will anchor the deal with spots and backups Damarjhe Lewis, and Prince Body noticed sufficient motion final season to present help. Jack Sullivan is customized to fill Karlaftis’ spot and the LEO place (hybrid DE/LB) will seemingly see a mix of Kydran Jenkins, Murray State switch Scott Humpich and Yanni Karlaftis when he is wholesome. Khordae Sydnor (finish) and freshman Mo Omonode (deal with) will likely be a part of the rotation.

“We do have depth. That’s the great factor. The dangerous factor – do we have now a George or DaMarcus Mitchell? I do not learn about that,” coach Jeff Brohm mentioned. “The 4 on the sector want to be actually good gamers and produce.”

Oct 16, 2021;  Iowa City, Iowa, USA;  Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Spencer Petras (7) is sacked by Purdue Boilermakers defensive tackle Branson Deen (left) and defensive end Jack Sullivan (right) during the third quarter at Kinnick Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Return recreation enhance

The addition of Iowa switch Charlie Jones makes the return recreation higher. Right? Jones, who can be a receiver, was the Big Ten’s Returner of the Year final season and his presence ought to enable the Boilermakers to lastly acquire some traction on particular groups. Purdue has been Fair Catch U beneath Brohm, and it is onerous to criticize the technique as a result of it is labored by avoiding turnovers and sustaining discipline place. But the Boilermakers want a spark on this space and if Jones delivers, it could possibly be the distinction between a very good season and a particular one.

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