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Gold and Black Illustrated Volume 28, Digital 5

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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 5 3 Gold and Black Illustrated is published to be delivered by mail every month (bi-monthly) in late August, October, December, February, April and June. Periodicals postage paid at Lafayette, Ind., and additional offices. Known office of publication is 2605 Yeager Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906. GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED (USPS 010-447). Subscription rates: $57.95 ($62.05 for Indiana subscribers). Foreign rates: Available upon request. POSTMASTER: Send change of address form to: Gold and Black Illustrated, 2605 Yeager Road West Lafayette, IN 47906. Publisher assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts and photographs. All letters to Gold and Black Illustrated will be treated as intended for publication and are subject to Gold and Black Illustrated's right to edit and comment editorially. The Boilers, Inc. officers, shareholder, staff and contributors are not and never have been sanctioned by Purdue University. The views expressed do not represent those of Purdue or its employees. MAY/JUNE 2018 VOLUME 28, ISSUE 5 On The Cover Second-year coach Jeff Brohm leads the Boilermakers onto the Ross-Ade Stadium field on April 7 in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers had a number of injuries that kept regulars sidelined, but they felt the 15 spring practices, including the game, were a productive start to 2018. Photo by Tom Campbell A publication of Boilers, Inc. 2605 Yeager Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906 765-237-5002 or 1-800-876-GOPU (4678) Fax: 765-497-2110 President/Publisher: Alan Karpick, 765-237-5078 Editor: Brian Neubert Publications Coordinator: Kyle Charters Associate Editor/Football: Stacy Clardie Photography/Cover Photo: Tom Campbell Graphic Designer: Gary A. Hoffman Advertising Sales: Alan Karpick Subscriptions/Marketing: Lucas Ball, Morgan Hasler, Jordan Cory, Michael Wood, Coby Custer Printer: Walsworth Printing (St. Joseph, Mich.) Football 12 Spring Stories Pressure on for young defense 16 Q&A with Jeff Brohm Coach thinks progress was made 18 Last Run D.J. Knox hoping for big season 22 Stepping Up Young CBs make most of spring Basketball 32 Different Look Changes ahead for Matt Painter's crew 36 Big Get Evan Boudreaux is player Purdue needed 38 Reload Sharon Versyp looks to add pieces Olympic Sports 42 Power Surge Jacson McGowan adds pop to lineup 44 Setting Up Hayley Bush takes over big role Off The Tracks 8 From the publisher 9 Vs. 30 Remembering Joe McConnell 40 JPC report Stacy Clardie Quarterback David Blough shares a chuckle with Coach Jeff Brohm during a spring practice. Blough had plenty to smile about, con- sidering his quick recovery from a broken ankle in the fall.

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