44 Days to Purdue Football: Landon Feichter

Good news, kids. I finally broke down and upgraded my phone with wireless internet. As a result, I'll be able to do more mobile commenting during Open Threads while I am at games. This is an awesome feature, so give me a few days to play with it. In the mean time, we have the next player in our countdown, and sadly, he was a guy that made me say, "Who?" when I saw him wearing Frank Halliburton's number.

Landon Feichter - Fr.

Hometown: Ft. Wayne, IN (Bishop Dwenger HS)

Safety

6' 173 pounds

2010 Projection: Likely redshirt

Feichter (#17) has already been on the big stage at Lucas Oil Stadium

I don't have a good history with walk-ons from Bishop Dwenger in Ft. Wayne. They give me bad memories. In 1996, when I was a sophomore, my beloved Kokomo Wildkats spent much of the basketball season ranked #1 in the state. We finished 19-1, with our only regular season loss coming at Lafayette Harrison in overtime during the final game of the season. Unfortunately, we ran in Ft. Wayne Dwenger in  the semi-state. After a terrible game for us we lost 52-50, thanks most to a player named B.J. Carretta. He had the audacity to guarantee victory over Kokomo, then backed it up by hitting 10 free throws in the fourth quarter to slowly and painfully kill us. He later walked on for a season or two at Purdue.

Why do I have this rambling story? Mostly because I know very little about this freshman walk-on safety from one of the better programs in Ft. Wayne. My friend, Ross Kinsey, a fellow alumnus and someone I had a bunch of broadcasting classes with, works for WANE-TV in Ft. Wayne and has likely seen him as their sports anchor. CG Sports Video has some good highlights of him as well.

Bishop Dwenger High was proud to have Feichter join Purdue. He seems to have had a good career with 18 touchdowns. He scored via the pass, run, on kickoffs, and on punts. We have him as a safety, where he had five interceptions and five fumble recoveries in his career. Last year he was Dwenger's MVP for a team that was undefeated until a 24-21 semi-state loss to Lowell. His junior season saw Dwenger reach the Class 4A state championship game before losing to Cathedral 10-7.

Though he is a walk-on, at least we're getting a talented kid. Sure, it will likely be years before he sees the field, if at all, but he can still be a contributor.

Boilermakings Notes:

Purdue issues pre-camp depth chart - Big Ten Blog - ESPN
This depth chart is interesting. I expected Andrew Brewer to win the center position and Justin Pierce to battle Peters Drey for the other guard spot. I am surprised Justin Siller is a starting wideout. What about Gary Bush, Xavier Reese, and O.J. Ross? Antavian Edison?

Teko Johnson, former Northampton football coach, found dead in an Atlantic City hotel room | lehighvalleylive.com
Sad news in the Purdue Community as Teko Johnson, former linesman, died suddenly this week.

Carvajal Talks Colleges | soflafootball.com
I never thought we would get a kid that wanted to come to West Lafayette to stay away from trouble, but my mother-in-law lives in Hialeah. It's a little different than West Lafayette. There could be a war though. Mrs. T-Mill is from the West-side like tupac while Carvajal is an East-sider like Biggie. You just don't cross Palm Avenue unless you frontin'

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