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12. Purdue Boilermakers

NCAA Football: Iowa at PurdueTurning to Austin Appleby at quarterback turned out to be the best move for the 2014 Purdue Boilermakers. However, will head coach Darrell Hazell stick with his decision or will the offseason work of Danny Etling be enough to re-open a quarterback battle once again?

Purdue found a way to be more competitive than early results suggested, but a lot of that had to do with two very talented running backs in Akeem Hunt and Raheem Mostert. Those two are going to be gone and that means it will be time for what was a very young offense to mature going forward.

That is the thing to watch this offseason, as seven of the 11 starters in the season finale this past year were sophomores or younger.

It’s much the same story on the defensive side of the ball, as Purdue will return seven of 11 starters. However, they’ll be losing All-Big Ten safety Landon Feichter, and we all saw how bad they missed him when he was out with a concussion this season.

There’s little doubt that this is a team on the rise, but this is also a program who has seen the bottom of the barrel very recently. Don’t get potential twisted for results just yet, but this is a team who could make a rise depending on what we see out of them in spring.

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Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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