60 Days To Purdue Football: Chuck Ayres

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It is common for basketball players to play football, but hockey?

Drew and Andrew are working on churning out the wealth of new football commitments over the last few days, but in short, I like them. We got a pair of nasty linebackers and it appears as if, finally the glaring weakness at linebacker for the program is finally being addressed.

As for today's player, it is another walk-on that is way down the depth chart.

Chuck Ayres - Jr. (RS)

Hometown: Eau Claire, WI (Eau Claire Memorial)

Defensive Tackle

6'4" 257 pounds

2014 Projection: Reserve at defensive tackle

Biomedical engineering is hardly a football major, but that is the area in which Mr. Ayres is choosing to go pro in. On his way there, he is playing a little football. After not playing at all in his first two years on campus he saw action in five games last season, finishing with four tackles, three of them solo.

That's not bad for a 257 pound walk-on defensive tackle playing in a league where 300-pound behemoths in the middle are the norm. In high school he was a decorated lineman and was voted his team's best lineman. He also was a solid hockey player, earning three letters on the top-rated team in the state of Wisconsin.

Finally, Ayres was an Academic all-Big Ten selection last fall, one of 15 players on the roster.

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