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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 26, ISSUE 6 27 TE ty, too, with two of his 13 catches last season going for touchdowns. Junior Anthony Mahoungou and sophomore Jarrett Burgess are still a bit raw but willing to work, and their development will be important from a depth perspective on the outside. Mahoungou is long and has shown an ability to make flashy catches but needs to gain consistency, while former minor league baseball player Burgess' strength and speed could be a factor if he improves his hands and continues to learn the position. Terry Malone understands the val- ue of tight ends — and that has the current crop excited that their posi- tion coach doubles as play-caller. Projected starter Cole Herdman hopes to build on his 18-catch, 139- yard, two-touchdown redshirt fresh- man season as he's set to get the most snaps among the young, small position group. Redshirt freshmen Brycen Hopkins and Jess Trussell are the only other scholarship tight ends on the roster. But with a full season of practice and a full spring in Malone's new offense, the group is ready to make an impact. "I think we're a lot more prepared than we were before," Herdman said. "We've grown over the year of expe- rience. We've been together now and we're familiar with the quarterback and we know what we're going to do. "I feel like the tight ends are going to be a big part of the offense." Certainly Malone and Purdue will require the tight ends to stay on the line and block. They're hoping, though, to get a little more love in the passing game. Especially considering By The Numbers 8 Consecutive years Purdue has had a different Week 1 starting quarterback from the year prior, including either Da- vid Blough or Elijah Sindelar in 2016. The last to start consecu- tive openers was Curtis Painter (pictured) in 2007 and '08. 58 Combined career starts between Purdue's two guards, fifth-year seniors Jason King (pictured) and Jordan Roos. The last time Purdue had a thousand-yard receiver, Keith Smith (pictured). DeAngelo Yancey has his sights set on that mark this year. 2009 Tom Campbell Tom Campbell Tom Campbell

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