WR Dorien Bryant (PHOTO CREDIT - Purdue University Sports Information)

2005 Statistics

Coach: Joe Tiller
67-43, 9 years
2005 Record: 5-6
at Arizona WON 31-24
at Minnesota LOST 35-42 (2OT)
at Wisconsin LOST 20-31
at Penn State LOST 15-33
at Indiana WON 41-14

2005 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2006 Outlook

When mentioning some of the most disappointing teams of 2005, Purdue easily made it towards the top of most lists. Some felt that with an easy schedule and a sturdy defensive group, the Boilermakers could have actually pushed for Big Ten title honors. Instead, this team was left with Coach Joe Tiller’s first losing campaign while they sat at home for the holidays, wondering just what happened. Expectations have been lowered due to the previous year's results - the fact no one sees this team coming could be the biggest positive for their young group. And a young group this is, especially on defense where only one or two seniors will dot the starting lineup. The spring saw an open depth chart at just about every LB and DB position, with plenty of new, inexperienced faces competing for time. This trend will continue into the fall. Luckily, plenty of offense exists to get them back on the winning track. Just how much improvement QB Curtis Painter has made this off-season, as coaches have noted, will likely decide much for the team’s fate come late November. Getting off to a good start is going to be crucial, and that’s feasible as the first three games have Purdue favored. The home game in the second week versus Miami OH could be a make or break situation to their fragile mindset. At least Purdue has to still be considered a perennial bowl team, something unheard of in the pre-Tiller eras. In short, if anyone can put this team back in contention, he is your man.

Projected 2006 record: 5-8
QB - 3.5 DL - 3
RB - 3 LB - 2.5
WR - 3.5 DB - 2.5
OL - 4 ..

Passing: Curtis Painter, 170-89-5, 932 yds., 3 TD

Rushing: Kory Sheets, 104 att., 571 yds., 10 TD

Receiving: Dorien Bryant, 80 rec., 960 yds., 4 TD

Scoring: Kory Sheets, 11 TD, 66 pts.

Punting: none

Kicking: none

Tackles: George Hall, 77 tot., 40 solo

Sacks: Anthony Spencer, 3 sacks

Interceptions: Stanford Keglar, Dan Bick, Josh Ferguson - 1 each

Kickoff Returns: Dorien Bryant, 21 ret., 23.8 avg., 1 TD

Punt Returns: none


LB George Hall (PHOTO CREDIT - Purdue University Sports Information)
OFFENSE: Brandon Kirsch-QB, Jerod Void-RB, Brandon Jones-RB, Kevin Noel-WR, Charles Davis-TE, Matt Turner-C, Ben Jones-K
DEFENSE: Brandon Villarreal-DT, Brent Grover-DT, Rob Ninkovich-DE, Bobby Iwuchukwu-SLB, Ray Williams-CB, Brian Hickman-CB, Kyle Smith-FS, Dave Brytus-P, Ray Edwards-DE (NFL), Bernard Pollard-SS (NFL)

At the midway point last season, Curtis Painter became the starting QB over now-departed Brandon Kirsch. While Painter's completion percentage (52%) needs to improve, expect him to be a much more qualified starter this time around. Coach Joe Tiller likes what he sees and knows his blue-collar QB got thrown into the fire a season ago. More poised this time around, Painter is likely to continue the great QB tradition in West Lafayette. While not super fast, he can run when called upon, finishing as the team's third leading rusher (4.8 ypc and lost only 38 yards).

RB Jerod Void is finally done after three strong years, so now the job belongs to Kory Sheets, who was having a fantastic spring this year before an ankle injury forced him out. He is also a proven pass catcher out of the backfield. Sheets will have some competition in Anthony Heygood and touted JUCO transfer Jaycen Taylor, making this one of the Boilermaker’s deepest units.

WR Dorien Bryant had an amazing 80 grabs in 2005 and looks to again be their go-to guy as Purdue continues to put a high volume pass catcher on the field. Hopes are that other senior Kyle Ingraham will return from an ankle injury. Other players that have logged playing time running routes will have to be utilized as Tiller likes to employ three- and four-receiver sets. Just who and how much each will be relied upon won't be decided until the ball gets snapped.

Three All-Conference players return up front to ease any growing pains the backfield may experience. Tackle Mike Otto (three-year starter) is the leader, and coaches feel really good about the entire first five on the depth chart. If it all starts up front, this offense is situated to surprise some people.


OG Jordan Grimes (PHOTO CREDIT - Purdue University Sports Information)


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Curtis Painter-So (6-4, 228) Joey Elliott-Fr (6-3, 210)
RB Kory Sheets-So (6-0, 199) Jaycen Taylor-So (5-10, 175)
WR Kyle Ingraham-Sr (6-9, 228) Andre Chattams-Sr (6-0, 198)
WR Dorien Bryant-Jr (5-10, 175) Desmond Tardy-So (6-1, 192)
WR Greg Orton-So (6-4, 191) Derek Benson-Fr (6-1, 191)
TE Dustin Keller-Jr (6-4, 244) Jerry Wasikowski-So (6-4, 253)
OT Mike Otto-Sr (6-5, 304) Garret Miller-So (6-8, 279)
OG Uche Nwaneri-Sr (6-3, 300) Zach Smith-So (6-4, 286)
C Robbie Powell-Jr (6-5, 297) Cory Benton-So (6-3, 276)
OG Jordan Grimes-Jr (6-3, 334) Nick Fincher-Jr (6-4, 292)
OT Sean Sester-So (6-8, 309) Eric Hedstrom-Fr (6-7, 295)
K Casey Welch-Sr (5-9, 167) Kyle Mossbrucker-So (5-8, 194)



Both DEs were taken in the NFL Draft, and although coaches still claim the front line won't miss a beat, that would be a nice surprise, if true. The reasons they say this may have to do with some young tackles that are going to be good (somewhere) down the road. The lone returning starter on the DL is Anthony Spencer, who seems to be playing the best football of his career.

The spring was spent interchanging their LB lineup in an effort to locate the best combination - no spot was/is guaranteed. As an example, moving to the middle was Josh Ferguson, who supplanted returning starter George Hall from the position…a development that may or may not continue into the fall.

Any finger pointing done when locating reasons for the severe defensive disappointment experienced just a year ago starts in the secondary. Injuries wreaked havoc - even many backups were hurt. By being forced into the lineup, though, invaluable experience was gained with the then-newbies that can now pay dividends. A starter seems to have been found in CB Brandon King. Outside of him, every position seems wide-open, much like we see with every other unit on this side of the ball. With only four returning starters and positions still unsettled, one can easily see why Purdue is not earning much respect at this juncture of the early season.


DE Anthony Spencer (PHOTO CREDIT - Purdue University Sports Information)


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Eugene Bright-Jr (6-4, 254) Mike McDonald-Jr (6-2, 250)
DT Ryan Baker-So (6-6, 282) Jared Zwilling-Fr (6-4, 281)
DT Alex Magee-So (6-5, 275) Mike Neal-Fr (6-4, 270)
DE Anthony Spencer-Sr (6-3, 261) Keyon Brown-Fr (6-3, 230)
SLB Cliff Avril-Jr (6-3, 240) Stanford Keglar-Jr (6-2, 240)
MLB George Hall-Sr (6-2, 243) Josh Ferguson-Jr (6-3, 234)
WLB Dan Bick-Jr (6-1, 218) Jason Werner-So (6-4, 208)
CB Brandon King-So (5-11, 184) Fabian Martin-So (5-11, 188)
CB Zach Logan-So (5-11, 186) Aaron Lane-Jr (5-8, 172)
SS Torri Williams-So (6-2, 204) Paul Long-Jr (6-2, 194)
FS Brandon Blackmon-Jr (6-0, 194) Brandon Whittington-So (6-2, 206)
P Jared Armstrong-Jr (6-3, 231) Casey Welch-Sr (5-9, 167)




The special teams, much like the defense, get a complete overhaul. Enter a new kicker, walk-on Casey Welch. The transfer from West Virginia last kicked in an actual game his senior year of high school of 2002. He held the starting duties through spring practice, but likely taking his place will be incoming freshmen Tim Dougherty from St. Xavier in Louisville, KY. At punter, Dave Brytus has moved on, and the next in line enrolled just this past January. Jared Armstrong has transferred to Purdue after an All-American campaign at Harper (Ill.) College. His 43.7-yard average last season led all JUCO punters, and a plus - he is also capable of handling kicking chores.