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Last updated: Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 - 12:59 am EDT

Purdue's Feichter to miss first half against Western Michigan

Senior safety paying price for last year's targeting penalty

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Landon Feichter did not go from walk-to Big Ten starter by passive play. The former Bishop Dwenger's aggressive nature helped him become Purdue's starting safety.

It also will cause the senior to miss the first half of Saturday's game against Western Michigan.

Feichter is suspended for the first 30 minutes after being ejected for a targeting penalty in last year's season finale against Indiana.

Coach Darrell Hazell said during Tuesday's press conference that he isn't sure if Feichter can warm up with the team, or be on the sidelines in the first half. Hazell will check with the compliance department to see what the rules allow.

“Wherever he is,” Hazell said, “watch out. He'll be pacing. He's ready to go. He's so excited to get back in the field.”

Feichter missed six games last season because of injuries. He led Purdue in tackles (80) and interceptions (four) in 2012.

Sophomore Austin Logan will replace Feichter for the first half. Last year he had 14 tackles in 10 games.

“He's grown up for us,” Hazell said about Logan. “We needed him to do that. This might be the best thing for Austin in the long run in terms of having this experience, this confidence, to be able to start.

“He brings a physical presence. That's probably his biggest strength. But he also is in the film room every morning when I come in there studying and trying to learn. He'll do a good job for us. I really believe that.”

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