Last season, Logan Link's goal was to make Purdue's travel roster.
Now, he's the starting strong safety.
Link, a former walk-on who was awarded a scholarship, changed his approach last season in workouts and it helped produce playing time in 2010.
"One guy who used to be on the team, Abe Trindle, came to me and was like, 'Hey, you're lifting three days a week. Why don't you come in for four?' " Link said. "That really started to trigger my whole, well, what I'm doing now isn't working, so maybe I should do just a little bit more every day. That really helped to carry over through the rest of (last) season and the offseason and in the summer workouts and into camp."
Link said is about 20 pounds lighter than last season -- he's playing at about 204 pounds now -- and that's helped him get quicker. He worked in the offseason to build up the strength that he lost in the weight loss.
With Purdue losing all four of its starters in the secondary and with projected starting free safety Albert Evans out with an injury, Link knew he had a chance to make an impression last spring.
Once he reached No. 1 on the depth chart, he said position coach Lou Anarumo told him "don't mess this up now."
Link typically comes off the field on third downs when Purdue uses its nickel package, but he's been solid this year defending against the run.
Coach Danny Hope said Link has a knack for reading the play and having the right timing to come up and stop the run.
Link is tied for second on the team with 18 tackles, and he's recovered a fumble.
"I do feel a little more comfortable against the run," he said. "I do enjoy playing the pass, but when I'm out there, I'm like, 'If this is a run, I'm going to go make that play.' It feels like there is more of a chance to make a play."
- Link's younger brother Collin joined the Boilermakers as a walk-on this season. Collin is a linebacker.