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Purdue suspends starting safety for first two games

Melvin Gordon, Taylor Richards

An off-field at the end of last year will cost Purdue’s defensive secondary at the beginning of this season.

Second-year head coach Darrell Hazell confirmed to the Indianapolis Star recently that Taylor Richards (no relation) will be suspended for the first two games of the 2014 season. Taylor was arrested last December and charged with operating while intoxicated (a vehicle, not on a patient) and underage consumption of alcohol.

The incident occurred after the postseason-less Boilermakers put the finishing touches on a one-win season.

Taylor has started 27 consecutive games at safety, so the loss of his veteran experience will certainly be a steep price to pay for both the player and the team. He will miss, incidentally, the opener against Western Michigan and the following week versus Central Michigan.

Additionally, fellow safety starter Landon Feichter will miss the first half of the opener. In the season finale against Indiana, he was flagged for targeting in the second half of the loss.

Feichter has started 25 straight games for the Boilermakers.

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2 Responses to “Purdue suspends starting safety for first two games”
  1. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 30, 2014 8:15 AM

    If these coaches really want to have meaningful suspensions, suspend them for the first 2 conference games. 2 games against MAC opponents isn’t going to make an impact.

  2. crazytoledo says: Jul 30, 2014 4:16 PM

    First, I doubt you have to add “no relation” when referring to someone who has the same first name as your last name… Also, Feichter started the last 25 games for Purdue? Where were you when he missed serious time last year due to a broken leg….

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