2011 Purdue Boilermakers Football
Recapping Media Day: Danny Hope
Coming off a 4-8 season and being bit by the injury-bug so many times last season, it would be understandable for Danny Hope to have doubts about his football team come this fall.
But at the Big Ten Media Day press conference on Thursday, Hope made it obvious that he has nothing but confidence in his team.
“We have an unbelievable group of young men,” Hope said in his opening statements on Thursday morning. “Last season was tough in some ways, but the 2010 season made us stronger and more prepared for this upcoming season.”
After both suffering season-ending ACL injuries, RB Ralph Bolden and QB Robert Marve are in a good position to return to the field for the Boilers this fall.
Bolden lead Purdue in rushing in 2009, gaining 935 yards on the ground and scoring nine touchdowns. Marve, who transferred from the University of Miami, was the team’s starting play-caller in the first four games last year, throwing three touchdowns in his shortened season.
“We return a young, but somewhat experienced, football team.” Hope said. “Last year we didn’t win as many games as we would have liked, but we played some of the best teams in the country down to the wire. We are a hungry football team and if we hang on to the football and do what we’re supposed to, we can be very successful.”
Last season, the Boilers started as many as 18 freshmen throughout the season while only losing six seniors for the upcoming fall.
Perhaps the biggest question of the day for Hope was whether or not he would utilize both Rob Henry, who stepped in after Marve’s ACL injury, and Marve in a two-quarterback system.
“It’s very likely that we will use a two-quarterback system in the fall,” Hope said. “It’s the first time since I have coached at Purdue that we have a quarterback who has played in a college football game and now we have two. We have two really talented quarterbacks.”
Hope continued to say that he and his coaching staff had plans to utilize a two-quarterback system last season but that script flew out the window after Marve’s injury.
The Boilers will return 19 total starters from last season, eight offense, nine defense and two specialists.
Despite having such a young team and losing top playmakers like Ryan Kerrigan and Keith Smith, Hope believes that his guys are ready for the challenge.
“We are further along at every position and every place than we thought we would be,” he said. “We are going to have more firepower on offense, more firepower on defense, and more firepower on special teams. Our guys are looking forward to getting the games started.”
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