Holy smokes, does time ever fly! We are officially down to single digits in the Kickoff Countdown, and that means that the college football season is so close I can taste it! Waiting another nine days will be tough, since I am incredibly excited and all. But, I figure I have already waited plenty of days for this moment to come. So, to keep myself and others distracted for a little bit longer, let's turn to the Countdown.
Today, we feature two players once again. Oddly enough, they're both from the same town, but different high schools. Other than that, they share very little in common. With 9 more days until the conclusion of this series, we now look at sixth year senior QB Robert Marve and true freshman DB Anthony Brown.
Anthony Brown - Fr.
hometown: Tampa, FL (Hillsborough HS)
5'11", 185 pounds
2012 Projection: Likely redshirt
Anthony Brown is the type of player who could make a huge difference for the Boilermakers in the near future. He hails from Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida, where he played both Defensive Back and Running Back for the Terriers. During his senior season last year, he recorded 25 tackles, including 15 solo stops, and two interceptions while on defense. He also gained 911 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns on 139 carries and caught 18 passes for 239 receiving yards and one TD last year. And as a kickoff returner, he averaged 24.1 yards per return in 2011. In addition, Brown was also a track star in high school. He clocked a 10.58 100 meter dash and a 21.60 200 meter dash in last year's 3A Florida state high school track meet.
Clearly, Anthony possesses many skills which he can use to contribute to the football team in the future. He is fast, athletic and versatile like few others on the gridiron. That is probably why he was considered a three star recruit last year, while earning scholarships from schools like Ball State, IU, Iowa State, Ohio and Washington State before he committed to Purdue.
It is not clear yet whether or not the coaches plan to use Brown at Cornerback, Safety, Returner or even Running Back. But, whatever pans out for the kid, he will likely get the redshirt this season. He is far down the depth chart at all of his possible positions, yet that doesn't mean he is guaranteed not to dress. Hell, if we are stricken with injuries again like we have been in the pass, the coaches might just have to call on Anthony Brown in 2012.