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29 Days To Purdue Football: Chris Quinn And Doug Gentry

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Yesterday was a busy day with the Willis situation, the announcement of the nine-game conference schedule, and the launch of the new football uniforms. I promise not to flood the site with five stories today unless we get more news like Matt Painter leaving for North Dakota State, Robbie Hummel transferring to IU for his senior year, or Danny Hope challenging RichRod to a prison-style fight.

Let's start the day with the mundane by continuing our countdown of getting to know each player on the roster a little more.

Chris Quinn - Jr.

Hometown: Miami, FL (Miami Southwest HS)

Safety

5'11", 185 pounds

2011 Projection: Contributor at safety/special teams

Quinn was expected to play a larger role last season, but Logan Link ended up beating him out for the open safety spot along side Albert Evans. That limited Quinn to more of a reserve and special teams role. He saw action in nine games with three tackles. 2009 was very similar, with Quinn playing in six games and getting only one tackle.

Quinn tore his meniscus during his senior year in high school, which severely limited his final season. He was a track star though, running the 100, 200, high jump, and long jump. He had 10.8 speed in the 100, so those skills should translate well over to football. He has the speed and leaping ability to get to the ball and knock it down. That's all I really care about. If he picks it off, great.

Doug Gentry - Fr.

Hometown: Mexia, TX (Mexia HS)

Running Back

6', 190 pounds

2011 Projection: Likely Redshirt

Gentry comes in as a promising running back recruit from Texas much like Reggie Pegram last season. He finished his high school career with three straight 1,000 yard seasons and 3,523 total yards for Mexia High. His best season was his junior season where he ran for 1,835 yards and 20 touchdowns. I think he will redshirt this year with Pegram, Ralph Bolden, and Akeem Shavers in front of him, but I like him as a back. He had a solid 6.6 yards per career throughout his high school career for a pretty good Texas team.