2014 College Football Preview: Purdue Boilermakers

By Dean Pantazi - 21Alive
By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

August 27, 2014 Updated Aug 29, 2014 at 10:49 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Purdue moving on from a miserable 2013 football season starts with the Boilermakers themselves.

Head coach Darrell Hazell said at Big Ten Media Day in July that Purdue would tear down the rearview mirror in an effort to move forward.

Entering year No. 2 under Hazell, Purdue (1-11 in 2013) had an offseason to improve together.

"I don't know if you can put a degree of measurement on it," Hazell says. "I can tell you its large."

Sophomore Danny Etling was named the starting quarterback in camp. Hazell hopes the competition between he and sophomore Austin Appleby breeds competition in the regular season.

Running back Raheem Mostert, a Big Ten Champion sprinter, says will line up behind Etling as the Boilers cultivate a run game.

"Our confidence has started to go up," Etling says. "understanding the game more, our football IQ has grown."

For the defense, third downs will be key. Getting off the field, keeping guys fresh and causing turnovers could be a difference-maker for the Boilermakers to developing their offense.

Purdue is projected to finish last in the Big Ten Conference again this season. But Hazell and company are intent on not letting that dictate the season.

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