WEST LAFAYETTE, IN– It was announced last night that Purdue Football senior safety Taylor Richards would be suspended for the first two games of the 2014 football season. Richards’ suspension stems from a December arrest for DUI. Richards is eligible to play again when Purdue takes on Notre Dame September 13th. It is unknown who will be filling in for Richards during his absence. Right now a prime candidate appears to be Robert Gregory.
Also it appears as though Purdue’s other senior safety, Landon Feichter, will be suspended for the first half of the season opener against Western Michigan. This suspension is due to an illegal hit and ejection in last year’s loss in the bucket game against rival Indiana. Per NCAA rules, any player ejected for an illegal hit is subject to a first half suspension for the next game.
Finally, it appears as though there has been one academic casualty from the 2014 Purdue Football Recruiting class. Gainesville Florida Safety Juan Jenkins appears to be academically ineligible and will not be making his way to campus. Jenkins does have the option to go to prep school or junior college; however the Boilermakers would have to start the recruiting process over again for his services.
Chris Jewell is the Purdue Athletics Beat Writer for Indiana Sports Report. You can follow him on Twitter @BoilerCop and Indiana Sports Report @IndySportsRep