Purdue DT Brandon Taylor no longer with team

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

Brandon Taylor (#55) is no longer with the Boilermakers
Brandon Taylor (#55) is no longer with the Boilermakers. (USATSI)

Purdue was already entering the 2013 season with the daunting task of replacing Kawann Short on its defensive line, and now the Boilermakers find themselves with one less option.

Coach Darrell Hazell confirmed at Big Ten media days on Wednesday that senior defensive tackle Brandon Taylor has left the team due to academics.

Taylor played in ten games for the Boilermakers last season, making 11 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss and a half sack. His role was expected to grow in 2013 as he was a projected starter on the unit.

The good news for Hazell and Purdue is that Bruce Gaston is back in 2013 and will line up at one tackle spot. The second spot will likely go to Ryan Isaac, Eric McDaniel, Ryan Watson or Michael Rouse. Of those four Isaac has the most experience, as he's played in 26 games the last three years, compiling 30 tackles.

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