2016 Purdue Boilermakers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
2016 record3–9 (1–8 Big Ten)
Head coachDarrell Hazell (6 games)
Gerad Parker (interim)
Offensive coordinatorTerry Malone (1st as OC season)
Offensive schemeSingle set back
Defensive coordinatorRoss Els (1st season)
Co-defensive coordinatorMarcus Freeman (1st season)
Base defense4–3
CaptainJa'Whaun Bentley (3rd year)
CaptainDeAngelo Yancey (4th year)
CaptainJake Replogle (4th year)
CaptainJordan Roos (5th year)
Home stadiumRoss–Ade Stadium
(Capacity: 57,236)
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Template:2016 Big Ten football standings The 2016 Purdue Boilermakers football team was an American football team that represented Purdue University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Boilermakers were members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference and played their home games at Ross–Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana. They were led by fourth-year head coach Darrell Hazell until he was fired on October 16, 2016. Gerad Parker was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.[1] They finished the season 3–9, 1–8 in Big Ten play to finish in last place in the West Division.


In 2015, Purdue compiled a 2–10 record (1–7 in conference play) during the regular season, failing to qualify for a bowl game for the third straight season.

Purdue had a coaching shake up prior to the season, when defensive coordinator Greg Hudson, offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach John Shoop and defensive line coach Rubin Carter were fired on November 29, 2015.[2] On December 22, 2015, it was announced that tight ends coach Terry Malone would be promoted to offensive coordinator in addition to his tight end coaching duties.[3] Purdue hired former Syracuse Orange football offensive coordinator Tim Lester as quarterbacks coach.[4] On December 30, 2015, Purdue hired Miami Hurricanes football defensive line coach Randy Melvin to coach the defensive line.[5] Just two days later, Purdue announced that they had completed their coaching staff with the hiring of Lincoln Southwest High School assistant Ross Els as the defensive coordinator.[6]

Purdue suffered attrition when offensive line coach Jim Bridge left to take the role of assistant head coach, special teams coordinator and tight ends coach with the Duke Blue Devils football team,[7] and running backs coach Jafar Williams took the same position with Rutgers.[8] Williams was replaced by Syracuse running backs coach DeAndre Smith,[9] and Bridge was replaced by Akron offensive line coach Darrell Funk.[10]


Position key

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR


Purdue's recruiting class consisted of 23 recruits, including three that enrolled early. Purdue's recruiting class was ranked 84th by Scout, 74th by Rivals, and 61st by ESPN.[11][12][13]

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