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Siller returns to school, football team

As expected, Justin Siller is back on Purdue's football team, the school announced Wednesday.

Siller was dismissed from the university in March 2009 for violating the university's academic policy and couldn't play on the team. He took classes at Ivy Tech Community College to continue to earn credits toward a degree and will start taking classes in Purdue's Maymester next week.

Coach Danny Hope talked regularly about Siller being welcome back on the team after he was reinstated, so the official announcement wasn't surprising.

Hope said in a statement that he was "thrilled" that Siller "is back in our football family."

Siller said his goal all along was to come back to Purdue.

"It feels great to be back," Siller said in a statement. "Even though I was away from the team, I always felt as though I was still part of the program. It was tough sitting out last season, but I learned a valuable lesson. ... I am so excited to get back on the field and learn the offense."

Siller could have to learn multiple positions.

It's likely he won't be used much at quarterback, the position he earned three starts at in 2008. Robert Marve and Caleb TerBush are options No. 1 and No. 2 there, though Siller could be used in a Wildcat-type of formation to take advantage of his athleticism.

It's more likely Siller will be a player who gets snaps at receiver and maybe even running back. Siller has experience at running back. When Jaycen Taylor was injured in training camp in 2008, Siller was moved from quarterback to running back. He returned to quarterback when Joey Elliott was injured in mid-October.

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