Most exciting player: Purdue Boilermakers


To escape the summer doldrums, we're bringing you a refreshing splash of Big Ten football excitement.

We're taking a look at the most exciting player on each of the league's teams, a guy who is either so talented or productive (or both) that it's hard to take your eyes off of him during a game.

Up next in the series is Purdue ...

Most exciting player: WR Danny Anthrop

Purdue didn't collect a lot of victories last year, but it did have two of the most exciting open-field players in the Big Ten in blazing speedsters Akeem Hunt and Raheem Mostert, both of whom were a threat to go the distance at any time.

Neither is back this year, so the Boilermakers will have to find others who can break off huge plays. A healthy Anthrop would provide a great starting point.

The senior was Purdue's best receiver last year when he could stay on the field, hauling in 38 catches for 616 yards and four touchdowns. But he played in only nine games because of a serious knee injury, which also kept him sidelined in spring ball.

He had already made a couple of dazzling catches against Nebraska before getting hurt in that game, showing off his high end speed -- Anthrop starred in track in high school -- and reliable hands. Anthrop has had a hard time staying healthy throughout his career. But if he can stay on the field, he's exactly the kind of player the Boilermakers could use to start building excitement in West Lafayette.