August 2, 2007

Camp Preview: Breaking out

Each season brings with it players who emerge as breakout performers, sometimes completely out of the blue.

Below, GoldandBlack.com takes a quick look at some of those possibilities for Purdue in 2007, keeping in mind that "breaking out" comes in many forms, ranging from a good player becoming a great one to a reserve taking on a greater role.

Jordan Grimes

This summer, the massive offensive guard - now a senior - looked to be, far and away, in the best shape of his life, at a well-proportioned 330-plus pounds, claiming to feel more powerful, athletic and mobile than ever before.

"Everything just seems to be coming together for me this summer," Grimes said earlier this summer.

Anthony Heygood

Heygood's springtime emergence at outside linebacker, his first spring at the position after moving from running back, was well-documented, as coaches went so far as to suggest he may have been Purdue's best at the position.

Now, he'll get more of a substantive chance to back it up.

How comfortable is Joe Tiller with the junior? He's already hinted at moving him into the void at middle linebacker should someone else emerge on the outside, though he was just thinking aloud at the time.

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