August 13, 2007

No history lesson needed

You don't need to tell Cliff Avril about Purdue's impressive tradition at the defensive end position in the last decade.

The Green Cove Springs, Fla., native is fully aware of whose footsteps he's following in.

When rattling off names like Anthony Spencer, Shaun Phillips, Akin Ayodele, Chike Okeafor and Rosevelt Colvin, Avril nods and gets a big grin on his face knowing it's now his turn to carry on the legacy of stellar play left by the aforementioned during Coach Joe Tiller's tenure.

"I would love to," responded Avril when asked if he was prepared to be the Boilermakers' next standout defensive ends. "It wouldn't be a bad thing, but I'm not really thinking about that. I'm just thinking about playing hard and having fun."

Avril will have a lot of fun this fall if he and his teammates on the defensive line are able to collectively fill the gigantic void left by Spencer, who was the first Purdue player taken in the first round of the NFL Draft in more than 20 years.

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