September 1, 2012; Purdue Boilermakers wide receiver Raheem Mostert (8) returns a kickoff as Eastern Kentucky Colonels defensive back Theron Norman (32) awaits at Ross Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

Purdue's Raheem Mostert poised for breakout season

Purdue Boilermakers running back Raheem Mostert is arguably the fastest player in the Big Ten, but the 5-foor-11 speedster wants to prove he has the power and the aggressive running style to be more than just a track star who plays football.

Speaking with The News-Sentinel, Mostert said he’s excited to be a between-the-tackles runner in 2014:

“I love it. I’m not that big of a running back, but they want me to run through the tackles. I try to make the best of the opportunity I can. I try to improve every day.”

Mostert, the Big Ten champion in both the 60 meters and 200 meters, also said he knows pass protection is the area of his game in need of the most work:

“My biggest challenge is pass protection and just improving from last year. It’s understanding the defense. Coming in it was hard for me after being a wide receiver. I wasn’t confident in myself and my ability to make the move. That’s why I sat out most of last year. Now I’m understanding defenses a lot more. It’s helping me on the field.”

You can catch Mostert in his new role when the Boilermakers take on the Western Michigan Broncos on August 30. Yup, football season is right around the corner!

[Source: The News-Sentinel]

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