Today is August 15th. To my happiness, that means that only 17 days separates me and other Purdue football fans from the start of another football season in West Lafayette. I have been waiting nearly an entire year for football to resume. And I can hardly take the waiting any longer. I have tried very hard to be patient and control my anxiousness. But, believe me it's bad. I have played so much NCAA 13 I think I am starting to recognize people in the stands when I pause a game at Ross-Ade and look at the instant replay.
At least the football program helps out fans like me. They gave us a little taste with the spring game in April. And I am told that the team is holding an open practice tomorrow afternoon for Ross-Ade Brigade members, of which I am. So, needless to say, I will be there. I am very excited to get a sneak peek at the team before the regular season starts. God, all of this is just making me more ecstatic!
Well, anyways, I will try to calm myself now. Another reason that 17 days is significant is the Kickoff Countdown. Today we look at both guys who will wear #17 this season: sophomore receiver Charles Torwudzo and freshman QB Austin Parker.
Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN (Mount Vernon HS)
5'11", 202 pounds
2012 Projection: Reserve at Quarterback
This season, Austin Parker enters his freshman year for Purdue football after redshirting in 2011. He walked onto the team last year after playing QB in high school at Mount Vernon. Parker is set to be the fourth string Quarterback in 2012, so he is not expected to see the field. And if he does, you better head for your nearest bomb shelter, because that means disaster.
In front of Parker you have three former starters who will all see some playing in most games this year, according to Coach Hope. Caleb TerBush, Robert Marve and even Rob Henry will see the field plenty of times this year. This is not going to be the case with Parker, who is essentially an insurance policy in case the ACL curse strikes again in 2012.
This year, Austin basically just has to learn the offense to its core and play the waiting game on the sideline until both TerBush and Marve leave and he can possibly challenge the sub-par passer that is Henry for the starting job next season. This sounds well and good. Yet, the only problem is that behind him stands a slew of incoming freshman, or rather, a pack of rabid, hungry dogs looking to take his spot and possibly eat his flesh. Namely Austin Appleby, a 6'5", 235 mega-recruit with a bazooka throwing arm and a serious chance to be hailed as a savior and the next member of the Cradle around West Lafayette in the future.
So, with these things in the back of his mind, Austin Parker should be working his ass off this fall if he wants a legitimate shot at being a starting QB for Purdue sometime in the next few years. It sounds like a long shot, and his height disadvantage (5'11") doesn't help things. But, crazy things have been known to happen.