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Caleb TerBush enters the season as the starter for Purdue, but will likely share time with Robert Marve and Rob Henry.

Purdue by the numbers

5 facts

Three’s not a crowd: Quarterbacks Caleb TerBush, Robert Marve and Rob Henry have each spent time as starters at Purdue. TerBush enters this season as the starter, but expect the Boilermakers to utilize all three in some way.

Cha, cha, cha, cha, Changes: Purdue has some new faces on the coaching staff. Tim Tibesar takes over as the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach. Greg Burns is the new defensive backs coach and Kevin Wolthausen is the new defensive line coach.

An Indiana state of mind: The Boilermakers first six games will take place in Indiana. Five of the six are at Ross-Ade Stadium. The other is a Sept. 8 road trip to Notre Dame.

Local connections: Purdue has three walk-on players from Fort Wayne: sophomore safety Landon Feichter, freshman safety Evan Feichter and freshman quarterback Austin Parker. Landon Feichter is listed as a starter at strong safety for Saturday’s game against Eastern Kentucky.

Making the catch: Wide receiver Antavian Edison has caught at least one pass in the 21 straight games. He has 72 catches for 885 yards and seven touchdowns during the streak.

4 games of interest

Oct. 13 vs. Wisconsin: With Ohio State and Penn State ineligible for the Big Ten Championship game, this is one of the marquee contests in the Leaders Division.

Oct. 20 at Ohio State: Purdue won an overtime thriller last year at Ross-Ade Stadium. But Purdue hasn’t won in Columbus since 1988.

Nov. 3 vs. Penn State: An important Leaders Division game for the Boilermakers as they try to build their postseason résumé.

Nov. 17 at Illinois: Bowl positioning could be on the line. Purdue won last year’s meeting at Ross-Ade Stadium.

3 best players

Kawann Short: The senior defensive tackle decided to pass on the NFL and enters this season as one of the best linemen in the country. Short had 6 1/2 sacks last year.

Ricardo Allen: The junior cornerback has six career interceptions. He has returned three of those picks for scores.

Raheem Mostert: The sophomore led the Football Bowl Subdivision in kickoff return average (33.5) last season. He returned a kick for a touchdown in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl win against Western Michigan.

2 points of concern

Replacing Wiggs: Purdue has had a close competition in finding a kicker to replace Carson Wiggs. Thomas Meadows, Paul Griggs and Sam McCartney are among those battling.

Depth at running back: Ralph Bolden is recovering from a knee injury. Akeem Shavers and Akeem Hunt will have to carry the load early this season.

1 major issue

Building momentum: Purdue went to its first bowl game since 2007 last season. The team has enough experienced players to go to another. The Boilermakers have a challenging stretch at the end of the season, finishing with four of the final six games on the road.

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– LaMond Pope, The Journal Gazette

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