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11 Days to Purdue Football: DeVarro Greaves

2010 needs to be a big year for today's featured player. DeVarro Greaves is a guy that has always been on the fringe of being a regular contributor, but he has yet to solidly make his mark. Now he finds himself threatened by younger players that could pass him.

DeVarro Greaves - Jr.

Hometown: Folkston, GA (Charlton County HS)

Linebacker

6'2", 220 pounds

2010 Projection: Reserve at linebacker, special teams contributor.

Greaves came to us from the same high school as Ralph Bolden and David Pender. He redshirted in 2007 and for the last two years it has looked like he could eventually start. He has appeared in nine games each season as a reserve and on special teams, but with the depth we currently have at linebacker it may be hard for him to earn some time. Players like Will Lucas have passed him, while Chris Carlino and Joe Holland are classmates ahead of him on the depth chart.

Fortunately, he is an experienced special teams player that may find time there covering kickoffs. Last season he had a 13 yard kickoff return at Minnesota. All told, he has five tackles and a sack in his time at Purdue. While in high school, he played in four straight state championship games and won two state championships in track. Like Bolden and Pender, he was a multiple-time All-Region selection. Another name on that list should be familiar to Purdue fans: D.J. Donley.

Like Tommie Thomas yesterday, Greaves is a good kid off the field as well. He volunteers his time at the Lafayette Urban Ministry's Emergency shelter with teammates Gerald Gooden and Bruce Gaston.