There were very few pleasant surprises last season, but today's player was one of them. He is a former quarterback and kicker who emerged as Purdue's tight end and top safety valve as the result of the injury to Gabe Holmes early in the season.
Justin Sinz - Sr.
Edgar, Wisconsin (Edgar HS)
6'4" 251 pounds
2014 Projection: Possible starter at tight end
When Sinz came to Purdue he was a straight up football player. In high school he played quarterback, safety, and kicker and was named as the Wisconsin Player of the Year his senior season when he led his team to astate championship. After redshirting his first year he had three catches for 25 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2011. His numbers in 2012 were slightly better with a 4-48-1 season and his first career touchdown against Eastern Kentucky.
Once Holmes was injured, Sinz was Purdue's breakout player in 2013. He finished as the team leader in reception with 41 and the team leader in touchdowns with four. He also had 340 yards, tied with Akeem Hunt for second behind DeAngelo Yancey in that department. he was quite unassuming as Purdue's top receiver, but he got the job done in the few times we moved the football.
Sinz is not flashy, but he is consistent. He can get open and make a critical catch if Purdue needs it and is the short yardage tight end that Purdue needs. I see him going out with a bang and hopefully a 40-400-4 season.