The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: May 8, 2015

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1: Give a preview of the Purdue football team in 2015. – Colby_VT

Chris Coleman: Purdue is 17-33 over their last 50 games, and 8-24 in their last 32 conference games. They don’t have great talent, and head coach Darrell Hazell is listed as the #2 coach on the hot seat by

Here’s a quick look at Hazell’s career…

2011 at Kent State: 5-7
2012 at Kent State: 11-3
2013 at Purdue: 1-11
2014 at Purdue: 3-9

He got better from year one to year two at Kent State, and year two also saw a two-game increase in wins at Purdue. That said, the Boilermakers weren’t very competitive in most of their losses last year…

Central Michigan: 38-17
Notre Dame: 30-14
Iowa: 24-10
Michigan State: 45-31
Minnesota: 39-38
Nebraska: 35-14
Wisconsin: 34-16
Northwestern: 38-14
Indiana: 23-16

Of those nine losses, only two were by seven points or less. Purdue couldn’t get much going offensively, and they didn’t have a good defense either.

That said, they should be improved in 2015. Though they lose their top two rushers, nine starters return on offense, including all five offensive linemen. There will likely be a quarterback controversy, as rising juniors Austin Appleby and Danny Etling both started games a year ago. Neither guy was particularly effective…

Appleby: 52.9%, 1,449 yards, 10 TDs, 11 INTS
Etling: 54.9%, 800 yards, 6 TDs, 5 INTS

Appleby is the much better runner, so that could give him a leg up so to speak.

Defensively, Purdue returns eight starters. With so much experience returning, the Boilermakers have to be better, right? We’ll see. They don’t recruit well, and are regarded by most as the least talented team in the Big Ten. Most