After four incredibly crazy days of Boiler Gold Rush, it feels good to be back writing for the site and returning to a normal lifestyle where I don't eat PaPa Johns pizza for two meals a day. With the all the interacting with the new students that I had, they all seem to be as excited as everyone here at H&R for the upcoming season.
With only 16 days left till the start of Purdue's season, our featured player for today is a walk-on who also formerly attended prep school before deciding Purdue was the place for him. As a former quarterback converted to receiver, it looks like mphe may not get a lot of action because of our depth at wide out.
Dolapo Macarthy - Fr. (RS)
Hometown: Merrillville, IN (Merrillville HS)
6'5" 220 pounds
2012 projection: deep reserve at wide receiver
With the depth we have at receiver, it's hard to imagine that Macarthy will get any sort of playing time unless there are a ton of injuries. Macarthy came to Purdue as a quarterback, but then was converted to a wide receiver before red-shirting last year. Although we are pretty full at both positions, Macarthy is a great athlete with awesome size and speed. It'd be a shame to waste his talent, so I'm sure the coaching staff will find some playing time for him. Plus, it's not unusual for a player to be moved around multiple times on this team.
Before going to prep school, Macarthy visited his homeland of Nigeria and took a little hiatus from football. Now as a 21 year old redshirt freshmen, it will be interesting to see what his role on this team will be.
Macarthy was a great quarterback in high school, throwing over 2,900 yards for his career, accumulating over 2,000 all purpose yards, and throwing 23 touchdowns while also rushing for 12 more his junior season. Macarthy has a lot of potential and could be an interesting player for the future. But as of now, look for him to sit back and wait for his name to be called.