I find fifth year seniors interesting. They usually come in one of two types: either they are starters and have been for a long time, or they are walk-ons who have barely played, but have persevered through the program. Today's player is a fifth year senior, but he is neither.
John Humphrey - Sr. (5)
Hometown: Youngstown, OH (Liberty HS)
6'1" 235 pounds
2010 Projection: Reserve at linebacker
Humphrey in High School
When Humphrey came to Purdue he was a 2-star Rivals recruits that was expected to develop. At one time he was expected to be a middle linebacker for us, but he fell by the wayside as we struggled to fill that position. Chris Carlino eventually took that spot, followed by Dwayne Beckford. With both players returning this season it is unlikely that Humphrey is going to play much, if at all. The only time he has seen the field is in three games as a reserve and on special teams in 2008. He did not record any statistics. It is amazing to see that of his recruiting group that had three promising linebackers, none of them will finish their careers as a starter. Only Jeff Lindsay will see extensive time this year, and he is a tight end.
Still, he has taken advantage of his scholarship by getting an education. He will graduate with a degree in organizational leadership and supervision. In high school he was first team all-state and all-conference and Trumbull County Player of the Year as senior defensive end after recording 57 tackles, including 17 for loss and 10 sacks, with 10 pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He had an excellent GPA and was also a basketball standout and track star.
Still, he might see a little time this year. He had an interception in the spring game and there is always special teams as an area where he can make an impact. It all depends on his desire.
College football countdown: No. 39 Purdue - Dave Curtis - College Football - Sporting News
The Sporting News ranks us as #39 going into the season. Not bad!
WNUR Sports " Summer Preview: Purdue Boilermakers
WNUR Sports is a department of a student radio station in Evanston, Illinois, devoted to covering Northwestern Wildcat athletics. They predict a 6-6 season for our Boilers.