The next player in the countdown is one of the biggest players on the team. He enters his redshirt freshman season with a chance to earn a spot along an offensive line that needs to replace three starters. The opening at right tackle looks like an awfully good fit for this young man, who has the potential to become a four year starter.
Trevor Foy - So. (RS)
Hometown: Louisville, KY (St. Xavier HS)
6'7, 277 pounds
2010 Projection: Possible starter at right tackle
Foy was a member of Hope's first recruiting class and moved from defensive end to tackle during training camp a year ago. He was listed only as a 2-star athlete, but you cannot teach 6'7". Since coming to Purdue he has put on weight and there was some talk of not redshirting him last season when we were in need of a third tackle. Instead, he was able to redshirt and learn the nuances of the offensive line while getting stronger. He now stands ready to make an immediate impact.
You can't teach 6'7". Even though he was primarily a defensive player for one of the better schools in Kentucky coach Hope saw that Foy was a versatile talent that could contribute more on the offensive side. He was a winner in high school, playing for nationally ranked St. Xavier in Kentucky. That makes it even better that we lured him away from the hometown Cardinals. According to a lacrosse forum I found he was also a lacrosse player in high school, making him an absolute beast with his size on the field.
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