5 Things We Learned from Boilermakers Loss to Gophers

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Sep 6, 2015; Huntington, WV, USA; Purdue Boilermakers kicker Paul Griggs (37) kicks a field goal in the third quarter against the Marshall Thundering Herd at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

5. It’s time for Purdue to have kicker tryouts

If this were the NFL, Paul Griggs would have already been cut. But since it’s not, his job remains safe even though there are three other kickers on the roster and their punter, Thomas Meadows, can pinch-kick if needed. Griggs had rough freshman and sophomore seasons, but then went 16-of-20 last season. He hasn’t attempted a field goal since missing two verses Bowling Green, so he made up for it by missing the extra point on the opening drive.

It’s hard to tell why Hazell doesn’t give one of the other kickers a chance at this point, but if Griggs is going to remain as the kicker then he should stick to only extra points and nothing else.

Year 3 should be a bowl season for Hazell and company, but they’ve somehow managed to regress from a three-win season. Luckily they can’t hit rock bottom any more, so the only place to go is up. Let’s just hope something finally clicks before they travel to Wisconsin next weekend.

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