Taking the next step at wide receiver

DeAngelo Yancey & Danny Anthrop
DeAngelo Yancey & Danny Anthrop

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Boilermaker passing game was less than impressive last season. But as Danny Etling emerged as a talented freshman quarterback, so did freshman wide receiver DeAngelo Yancey.

Yancey led the Gold and Black in receiving yards in 2013, and in the last game of the year at Indiana he registered 11 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver coach Kevin Sherman expects his sophomore receiver to take his game to another level this season.

“I’m not satisfied, and I’ve tried to challenge him that he’s got to gain confidence and step up each practice — each week, each game — because he is going to be challenged each week in this league. He’s learning, and he’s watching himself on tape. But more importantly the game is starting to slow down for him, and once that happens he can play much faster,” said Sherman.

Entering his second spring at Purdue, Yancey hopes to build on his strong finish to 2013 in 2014 and has lofty goals for his sophomore campaign.

“I just need to stay humble and continue to work. I had a good year, but if you compare my numbers to All-American receivers in the country they are nowhere near it. So, I just have to keep competing. At the end of the year I want to be mentioned as a top five receiver in the country,” said DeAngelo Yancey.

A full offseason with quarterbacks Danny Etling and Austin Appleby should help the group achieve more in 2014.

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