Purdue will be short on safeties due to suspensions

Purdue will be short on safeties due to suspensions
July 30, 2014, 10:00 am
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Vinnie Duber

Purdue will be light at safety to start the season.

Head coach Darrell Hazell said Thursday that starting safety Taylor Richards will miss the first two games of the season while serving a suspension stemming from an alcohol-related arrest this offseason. Hazell also said that safety Landon Feichter will miss the first half of the season-opener after a targeting ejection in last year's season-finale.

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Richards has started 25 straight games for the Boilermakers and was the team's third-leading tackler last season with 64 stops. He also had an interception.

Feitcher, meanwhile, started all 13 games in 2012 before appearing in only six games last season and starting just three of those after suffering a broken leg in the team's second game of the season. He made 24 tackles and intercepted a pass.

Purdue opens the season Aug. 30 against Western Michigan and plays Central Michigan the following Saturday. Richards is expected to be ready for the Sep. 13 game against Notre Dame in Indianapolis.