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54 Days To Purdue Football: Jack De Boef

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I finally got to watch the special episode of The Journey last night featuring JJ and E`Twaun on draft night. I must say that the Big Ten Network has outdone themselves once again. As expected, the final five minutes made sure that it was suddenly a little dusty in my home. About the only way it could be topped is if the Celtics decided to draft a certain role player that might be ready to contribute next year as a fifth year senior.

In the meantime, the countdown to Purdue football continues today with a key reserve and developing player on the offensive line.

Jack DeBoef - Fr (R)

Hometown: State College, PA (State College HS)

Offensive Tackle

6'7", 284 pounds

2011 Projection: Reserve on Offensive line

I think De Boef is going to be a key player for Purdue in the very near future, more likely after Dennis Kelly and Ken Plue graduate this year. De Boef gained nearly 20 pounds during his redshirt season last year. He is listed as an offensive tackle, but he was a center in high school. During hte spring he played a lot on the first team with Kelly limited due to injury. I expect De Boef to get a lot of playing time this year in preparation for 2012 when both Kelly and Nick Mondek will be gone.

DeBoef was a team captain in high school, proving he has some natural leadership skills that will translate nicely to our level. South Carolina was one of the schools going after him, as well as Michigan State, Maryland, NC State, and Temple. The Gamecock fans had quite a thread about him too.

For those interested he already has a football card available on Ebay. Central Daily was also very excited about his commitment and seems to think he will fit in well in the Big Ten.

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