Purdue's football cornerbacks and defensive backs are looking to improve in 2024



WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue cornerback Markevious Brown recalled sharing a dorm with transfer portal newcomer Kyndrick Breedlove as teammates at Ole Miss.

Breedlove is one of the Boilermakers' newest additions to enter the transfer portal.

Brown made 43 tackles and led Purdue with two forced fumbles. Now he's reunited with Breedlove, who played under Deion Sanders at Colorado last season. Brown also trained with 6-foot-10 Georgia transfer Nyland Green.

“We have a long history together,” Brown said. “Coach (Sam) Carter does a great job making sure we’re together a lot outside of the facilities. We are always at each other's houses and talk on the phone. We always communicate with each other.”

Breedlove reflected on the experiences he had playing under both Lane Kiffin and Sanders.

“I love both schools as Ole Miss recruited me right out of high school,” Breedlove said. “Then going to Colorado was an experience of a lifetime. Just being with Deion Sanders and having him play the same position as me.”

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It was the lure of reuniting with Purdue cornerbacks coach Sam Carter that convinced Breedlove to come to West Lafayette. Carter coached at Ole Miss in 2022, where he came into contact with Brown and Breedlove.

Now the trio is reunited and looking to improve a Purdue team that went 4-8 in its first season under Ryan Walters.

There's plenty of work to do for the Boilermakers, who ranked 90th in third down conversion defense and 95th in passing yards allowed with 241.5 yards per game.

“When it comes to the entire team, as a football player you're always on a revenge spree,” Brown said. “Everyone wants to be better than last year and the day before. The whole team is trying to be better than before. We’re trying to do something special here.”

Improving pass defense starts with Carter, who previously worked with head coach Ryan Walters at Missouri before leading the defensive back units at Arkansas and Ole Miss.

The athleticism provided by Brown, Green and Breedlove should provide a significant boost to the Boilermakers and Walters, who was the defensive coordinator for the No. 1 ranked defense in Illinois in 2022 before taking over at West Lafayette in 2023.

“When you get 4-8, you go back to the things you did well and the things you thought you did well and correct them,” Carter said. “We are working on our technique, our physical performance and route recognition. Our offense does a heck of a job giving us different routes and different things to identify. As a corner you can be defeated by even the smallest thing. The details count.” .”

Ethan Hanson is a sports reporter for the Journal & Courier in Lafayette. He can be reached at [email protected]on Twitter at Ethan A Hansonand Instagram at ethan_a_hanson.