DT, #9. Lawrence Johnson - 6’3, 300. I like Steven’s long term potential at this position and his height could be an asset in defending the short passing game. Hey y’all (I’ve ditched formal diction and have reverted back to my Southern upbringing), it’s been a while. He compiled 17.5 tackles for loss and 7 sacks last season, and seemingly missed another 10 sacks because he struggled to get the QB on the ground for reasons beyond my comprehension. The latest stats, facts, news and notes on Lorenzo Neal of the Purdue Boilermakers It gives me the opportunity to go further in-depth into my reasoning and I can show you how these positions produced in Diaco’s defense last year. Milton Williams - Games Played(12) - Tackles(54) - Tackles for Loss(7.5) - Sacks(4), Deshon Hall - GP(7) - Tackles(6) - Tackles for Loss(1) - Sacks(0). What should Iowa fans expect from the Wildcats in 2020? 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Jackson - GP(12) - T(6) - TFL(0) - S(0). Again, Diaco pieced this defense together from a leftover 4 man front, and didn’t have a ton of depth at his disposal, as you can see from the backup’s numbers. If Neal is healthy and Karlaftis figures out how to finish off sacks, this could easily be Purdue’s best defensive line under Brohm. Come fan with us. This Month in Sports Reference If Oklahoma State Can’t Navigate a Clear Path in Weak Big 12 This Season, When Will They Ever Do It? School: Purdue Position: Defensive Tackle Class: Senior Height: 6’3″ Weight: 315 Projected Draft Round: 1-2 Scouting Report: Son of NFL fullback of the same name, Neal is near the top of the list of defensive tackles, that will have a hard time competing with the class of … Diaco has similar components on the 2020 Purdue squad that he had on his 2019 Louisiana Tech defense, but they’re more talented across the board. Bob has more options on the Purdue roster, and I expect a more equitable split of playing time, at least early in the season. • Did not play. I’ve designated this the “pass rushing defensive end” but it’s a bit of a misnomer because 4 sacks doesn’t exactly scream “dominant pass rusher”. Lorenzo Neal (9) DT - 2019 • Team co-captain. Lorenzo Neal Purdue Boilermakers #9 - Defensive Tackle Born: 11/04/97; Age: 22; Height: 6'2" ... #9 Mershawn Rice & Lorenzo Neal. Lorenzo Neal - 6’3, 325. ... #9 Mershawn Rice & Lorenzo Neal. Does another year of development give them a chance against the Badgers in 2020? He should be a terror this season. Breakdown. Lorenzo Neal. Brian McLaughlin and Sam Herder will predict scores of FCS vs.... Two of the most attractive jobs in college football were open for Tom Herman. Diaco walks into to Purdue with (in theory) one of the best nose tackles in the nationalready on the roster. He was asked to work his way up field and hunt down tackles instead of engaging multiple offensive linemen. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account. What makes Diaco’s version of the 3-4 different is his strategy of shifting seamlessly between 3, 4 and occasionally 5 man fronts. The front line talent is good enough to allow Diaco to mix and match his reserves, but if one of the starters has to miss any significant time, things get questionable. Video: Zoom Interview With ESPN College Basketball Analyst, Seth Greenberg. In this instance, looking at the past may give us an indication about the future. He’s a decent athlete and has logged a ton of snaps at defensive tackle during his Purdue career. It has been 23 months since Lorenzo Neal has played a down of football. Latest on Purdue Boilermakers defensive tackle Lorenzo Neal including news, stats, videos, highlights and more on ESPN He’ almost a clone of Mason from Louisiana Tech. Looking at Bob Diaco’s Louisiana Tech may help to figure out his Purdue defense line. He lines up over the center and has to command a double team for the defense to work. In order to keep these articles to a manageable length, I’ve decided to break this up into position groups. Normally I would “break down the depth chart” but Coach Brohm wants to make my life difficult and won’t be putting out a depth chart for the Iowa game. Purdue was extremely young last year. In a 3-4, the defensive line needs to command double teams and keep the offensive line off the linebackers and safeties. The Big 12's already dire playoff chances took another body blow with Oklahoma State's loss to Texas in Week 9,... Week 10 of the 2020 fall season has one FCS vs. FCS game, one FCS vs. FBS game and one FCS vs.... For ten months we've talked about what Ed Orgeron doesn't have for his fourth season as LSU head coach. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the start of Purdue’s season while covering Kansas State football and hating hard in my weekly Clemson “HATE” article. He came to Purdue as a defensive tackle and could kick inside without any trouble and hold up against a power run game in early downs. He was one of the highest rated defensive players in Purdue’s 2019 class and is a dynamic athlete. Lorenzo Neal NFL Stats; Rushing & Receiving * indicates bowl stats included; Rushing & Receiving Table; Rushing Receiving Scrimmage; Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD; 1990: ... More Lorenzo Neal Pages. Nose tackle is generally considered a space eater in the 3-4 front. Please note that I have no inside information on the depth chart. When Diaco wants to employ a 4 man front, Watts should make the transition seamlessly. I would love to see Purdue work Hunter into the rotation and allow George to get some rest during the game so he’s ready to dominate in the 4th quarter. 2020 Football Iowa (0-0) at Purdue (0-0) Game Center, David Bell Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, Purdue Football Announces Uniform Combo For Saturday, 23 Days to Purdue Basketball: #23 Jaden Ivey, Purdue (2-0) at #10 Wisconsin (1-0) Game Center, Jeff Brohm Pre-Wisconsin Press Conference. At the same point, the only way a player gains experience is to play. 9. I expect him to use more of the roster at Purdue. Like Neal, he’s surprisingly agile for a big man and will occasionally swim a center and blow up a running back in the backfield. Are you a Stathead, too? Will anyone catch Ohio State? Kyle already offered his opinion on the depth chart, and he’s a more plugged into the local scene since I live in Kansas, but I’m going to give it a shot as well. Switch Players . Diaco’s defense at Louisiana Tech last year is the main reason he’s the defensive coordinator at Purdue this year. At Louisiana Tech, Diaco essentially played a defensive tackle at this position. Karlaftis is an elite talent and his skill set fits this position perfectly. Watts may not pop in the score book, but he looks good on tape because he does the little things that makes a defensive front work. Rushing & Receiving Table; Rushing Receiving Scrimmage; Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD; 1990: Fresno State: Big West: RB: 11: 108: 580 Watts is the perfect player for this role. If I’m closer, Kyle will have to acknowledge my superiority. He logged substantial time last season with Neal out of commission and I expect him to soak up at least a quarter if not half of the snaps at nose tackle. Neal and Karlaftis both have the ability to disrupt plays in the backfield and Watts is the perfect grinder to hold up against the run. 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In order to achieve this, he needs a big defensive end that he can kick inside to play defensive tackle. • Honorable mention All-Big At the same time, Williams had significantly more freedom than his run stuffing counterpart on the other side in Diaco’s defense. We’re a step closer to DOUBLE BUCKET GAMES FOR THE B1G TITLE! For the most part, the big defensive ends primary utility is in the run game. Nine years after Russell Wilson's record-setting transfer season in Madison, the... Week 9 of the 2020 fall season has two FCS vs. FCS games and two FCS vs. non-D1 games. I penciled Faucheux into the backup spot, but it could go to any number of players. Purdue was extremely young last year. The HERO Sports FCS Pick-Em Challenge is back for the 2020 fall/2021 spring season. Like Faucheux at the run stuffing defensive end spot, Hunter is purely a talent projection.