8th: Big Ten (4th West Division)
38th: Division I
2017 In A Sentence: In what was supposed to be a rebuilding season with new Coach Jeff Brohm, Purdue instead finished 7-6 overall including a Foster Farms Bowl win over Arizona State.
Biggest Shoes to Fill: LB Ja’Whaun Louis Bentley recorded 97 tackles including 11.5 for loss last year in being named to the All-Big 10 Honorable Mention team. He registered 272 tackles over the course of his career and is one of seven starting defenders the Boilers lost from last year. He was selected in the 6th round of the NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.
Originally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. His prior writing experience is over 15 years having previously worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to College Sports Journal in 2016. His main focus is college football is the Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS. And in 2017, he began also to look at the FBS Group of Five conferences of the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt.
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