WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Three starters return on the offensive line, led by junior center Robert Kugler.
The Boilermakers will look to reset up front after a miserable season in which they finished 122nd out of 123 FBS teams in rushing offense (67.1 ypg).
To improve the Boilers will rely heavily on Kugler, and so far he has done everything that has been asked of him.
“From day one he has to be much more of a leader for us and he has done that and he has to be the quarterback of that offensive line. Get everybody in the right place so we get all the hats on the right people,” said Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell.
The good news for Purdue is the two guys who will line up next to Kugler at guard, Jordan Roos and Justin King both started as redshirt freshmen. King believes his center deserves a lot of the credit for his development.
“I know I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for him. He has done nothing, but help me. He wants to make sure we know what we are doing, and so that we can see things so we can let him know. I think he is doing great and he’s getting everybody on the right page,” said offensive lineman Jason King.
As for Kugler, he understands the unit as a whole must play together if they hope to have different results in 2014.
“We need to see the same thing with five sets of eyes, but it is on the center a lot of the time to see it maybe better than the other guys do. There are no excuses anymore. This time last year we were four practices in, with the offense now we are at 100 practices with the same offense. So, you gotta get it and now that we know it, it’s time to take it to the next level,” said center Robert Kugler.
Spring practice will resume next week following Purdue’s spring break. The Boilermakers spring game on April 12 will begin at 1 p.m. ET in Ross-Ade Stadium.