Posts Tagged ‘Purdue Boilermakers’


Patrick Bade will transition to football, where he will need to add some bulk

Patrick Bade, a 6’8″ 230 pound forward for the Purdue basketball team has officially decided to end his tenure on the basketball court and turn in his sneakers for a set of shoulder pads. Bade has officially confirmed swirling rumors that he might join the football team, and had this to say on the matter:

“I want to thank the Purdue basketball staff for the opportunity to be a member of such a successful program for the last two years,” Bade said in a statement. “This is the start of a new chapter for me, and I look forward to taking on the challenges that come with playing college football. I’m excited for the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Purdue head coach Danny Hope is excited to have Bade on board with the football team:

“I want to thank the Purdue basketball staff for the opportunity to be a member of such a successful program for the last two years,” Bade said in a statement. “This is the start of a new chapter for me, and I look forward to taking on the challenges that come with playing college football. I’m excited for the opportunities that lie ahead.”

The Boilermakers are indeed very young at the tight end position, which has seen quite a drought since Dustin Keller entered the NFL draft a couple of years ago. Bade hopes to follow in the footsteps of guys like Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez who have had excellent NFL careers after playing basketball in college.

Bade was not good for the Boilermakers’ basketball squad, averaging less than two points and two rebounds per game in two years. However, in high school he was recruited to play football by powerhouse names like Texas, USC, Ohio State, and Texas A&M.

This is an interesting move, one that will be fun to watch develop. Bade has not played football since his junior year of high school.

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Ralph Bolden returns from injury, potentially as one of the top backs in the Big Ten

Purdue head coach Danny Hope has provided the Boilermakers with exactly that–hope–and while Purdue is certainly not known as an NFL pipeline, they have put some of the best players in the league. Drew Brees is obviously the pride and joy for former Boilermakers in the NFL, and if you’re looking for something a little more recent, one of the best sack artists in the nation was just selected 16th overall by the Washington Redskins, former Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan.

Purdue might not have a blue-chip player right now like Kerrigan, but there are certainly some guys who could have impact careers in the NFL…

23 Ralph Bolden (RS Junior), RB, 5’9″ 194

Speedy running back who missed the entire 2010 season due to knee surgery. Returns for his redshirt junior season to a very, very thin Purdue running back corps. As a sophomore in 2009, he really showed what kind of skill he possesses, running the ball 200 times for 935 yards and nine touchdowns, as well as catching 20 passes for 261 yards and two more scores. Bolden has a ton of speed and playmaking ability, but can he stay healthy? With such a thin group of backs at Purdue, he is probably set to return for a senior season, but the risk of injury is always in the back of players’ minds as they approach the next level. He is undersized, but he definitely has some power in his game, and he is not afraid to stick his shoulder down and get the extra yardage. Slippery between the tackles, but he’s definitely not a power back by any means. He is deadly in the open field, and with Purdue’s typically bad offensive line finally gaining some continuity, he could have a huge year provided he can stay healthy. In the NFL, he could be that change of pace type of runner, the guy who comes in on third downs and can catch the ball out of the backfield or take the ball on a draw. Probably not built to be an every-down NFL back, but if he can stay healthy and productive for a year or two, he could make significant contributions at the next level.

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“It’s good to get out of here without any injuries,” Said Purdue head football coach Danny Hope. That’s one thing the Purdue football squad could not avoid. They suffered injuries to key positions all year-long including quarterback Robert Marve and stand out wide receiver Keith Smith.

To try an avoid that same situation Hope put some restrictions on this years spring game. Quarterbacks could not audible to a different play and defenses could not blitz.

The two quarterbacks who are battling for the starting spot this season for Purdue are Rob Henry, Robert Marve and Caleb TerBush. Both quarterbacks are great athletes and both quarterbacks threw for touchdown passes in Purdue’s spring game on April 9th. Henry, a lengthy quarterback at 6-2, has scrambling abilities with game experience as he replaced  Marve who tore his ACL last season. (more…)


March Madness has come to Big Ten Country

The Big Ten fared very well on selection Sunday sending seven of eleven teams to the Big Dance.  Only the Big East fared better, sending eleven teams albeit with a much bigger conference. 

Earning the overall number one seed and playing in the East region is the Ohio State Buckeyes.  The Buckeyes have been impressive all season and should make a deep tourney run.  Leading the Buckeyes is freshman forward Jared Sullinger, who will likely make the jump to the NBA after this season.  No reason not to expect at least an elite eight appearance by the Buckeyes this season.

Two Big Ten teams will be making an appearance in the West region this year.  The eighth seeded Michigan Wolverines will be facing the ninth seeded Tennessee Volunteers to start off.  This is an intriguing match-up as both teams are very solid so it should be one of the better round two games this year.

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JaJuan Johnson was elected player of the year by the coaches and media covering the conference.  The 6’10 senior averaged 20 points and 8 rebounds  a game. He joins his head coach in the award category as Matt Painter won the Big Ten coach of the year. Matt Painter is in his 6th season as the Boilermakers head coach and will be playing the winner of the Iowa-Michigan State game as the 2nd seed. Painter managed to coach his team into the Big Ten tournament as the 2nd seed with out his Senior Forward Robbie Hummel.