The Purdue Boilermakers are hoping to begin turning around their football program this season and they look better than they have recently on paper. Unfortunately, they are still dealing with some off-the-field issues.
Head coach Darrell Hazell announced today that defensive end Gelen Robinson will miss at least the first two games of the season due to suspension.
That suspension could be increased to four games depending on what he does in camp.
Basically, Hazell is saying that if Robinson doesn’t come in and work hard he will be sitting out extra games. Robinson certainly seemed truly apologetic and remorseful for his actions after an alcohol-related arrest earlier this year.
Robinson may not be a huge name in college football, but he played a decent role for the Boilermakers last season. He appeared in 11 games for Purdue and recorded 20 tackles and two sacks on the season. His role would definitely improve this season if he is able to stay out of trouble and hopefully he comes into camp with the attitude that Hazell is looking for from him.
At 6-foot-1 and 250 pounds, Robinson is a bit undersized for the defensive end position but is capable of being a primary pass rusher — which is something Purdue can benefit from.
Don’t expect to see the suspension rise to four games. Robinson has been very real about his apology and he understands what he needs to do moving forward. He won’t make the same mistake twice and will get back to focusing completely on football and improving his career.
Outside of football, Robinson has even more reason to be more careful moving forward in his career with the Boilermakers. His father, Glenn Robinson, was one of the best basketball players to grace the Purdue court. He has a long-lasting legacy with the school and Gelen understands that he cannot afford to tarnish the family name at Purdue any more than he already has.
Hopefully he will learn from this situation and use the suspension to fuel his work ethic and improve his game even more.
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