EARLY BIRD 2005 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW
RELEASED THANKSGIVING 2005
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PURDUE BOILERMAKERS
OFFENSE - 7
------RETURNING STARTERS------
DEFENSE - 11
KEY LOSSES
OFFENSE: Kyle Orton-QB, Jon Goldsberry-FB, Taylor Stubblefield-WR, Tyler Moore-OG, David Owen-OT
DEFENSE: Antwaun Rogers-CB
Defensive Front

Purdue finished second in Big Ten rushing defense. Every single starter returns on the defensive side of the ball. Being strong up front in this conference can go a long way. Purdue has it.

Quarterback

Gone is record setting passer Kyle Orton. Brandon Kirsch saw playing time with Orton injured. But Purdue succeeded in 2004 with Orton's arm. How well he gets replaced will be the key.

WR Kyle Ingraham
 
DE Ray Edwards
 

* DEPTH CHARTS were only designed as a simplistic gauge for listing players that departed and players that received the most playing experience (consistent starters). NationalChamps.net recognizes the importance of missing personnel data not listed such as redshirts, transfers, injuries, incoming recruits, back ups and alternates. Their coverage will begin with our full 2005 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
PURDUE 2005 DEPTH CHART
Returning Starters/
Key Players
OFFENSE
QB Brandon Kirsch-Jr ..
RB Jerod Void-Sr Brandon Jones-Sr
WR Kyle Ingraham-Jr Andre Chattams-Jr
WR Dorien Bryant-So ..
WR Ray Williams-Sr Brian Hare-Sr
TE Charles Davis-Sr Jeff Bennett-Sr / Dustin Keller-So
OT Mike Otto-Jr ..
OG Uche Nwaneri-Jr ..
C Matt Turner-Sr ..
OG .. ..
OT .. ..
K Ben Jones-Sr ..
DEFENSE
DE Anthony Spencer-Jr Rob Ninkovich-Sr
DT Brandon Villarreal-Sr ..
DT Brent Grover-Sr ..
DE Ray Edwards-Jr Eugene Bright-So
SLB Bobby Iwuchukwu-Sr Cliff Avril-So
MLB George Hall-Jr ..
WLB Stanford Keglar-So ..
CB Paul Long-So ..
CB Brian Hickman-Sr ..
SS Bernard Pollard-Jr ..
FS Kyle Smith-Sr ..
P Dave Brytus-So ..
QUICK ANALYSIS

Welcome, Brandon Kirsch, to the show that never ends. Record setting QB Kyle Orton is Purdue history. For those believing the (coach) Tiller one-back offensive set will attempt to run over opponents with a Jerod Void ground game as opposed to 50+ aerial attempts, we have a plot of oceanfront property in Indiana to sell you. Kirsch saw duty late this season when Orton went down. His grades weren't stellar by any means, but he did manage to equal Orton's 62% completion rate. The receivers are still readily available, despite Big Ten record-setter Taylor Stubblefield's absence. Big Ten, meet Kyle Ingraham. Hey wait, most of this talk should revolve to the other side of the ball, where every single starter returns from a bunch that still managed to finish at the top half of the Big Ten pack in most all defensive categories despite the many new faces. Between DEs Spencer, Edwards and Ninkovich, the trio surmounted a whopping 22.5 sacks. The Boilermakers are next in line for Big Ten rights behind Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa. This team should improve on its current .500 conference record.