There are now only 29 glorious, yet agonizing days until the start of some awesome Purdue football action this year. And today in the Kickoff Countdown, we have quite the luxury of looking at two players are featured.
They couldn't be more different. One is an in-state true freshman, the other a senior from Florida. One experienced great heights at the end of his high school career. The other guy suffered a devastating low to end his.
Well, I don't want to give much more away, but I am very happy to examine both of these specimens. Without wasting anymore time, today we look at the two guys who will wear the #29 jersey for Purdue in 2012. They are freshman linebacker Jimmy Herman and senior safety Chris Quinn.
Jimmy Herman is a fresh, new face this year for Purdue Football. And many should be very excited about the stuff he can bring to the table in a few years time. Herman was a three star recruit at linebacker last year. For the curious, his Scout and Rivals recruiting pages can be found here and here, respectively.
Herman was a standout linebacker at Carmel High School near Indianapolis. In his senior season last year, he posted 95 total tackles and four interceptions en route to an All-State selection and a 5A state championship for Carmel.
Clearly, the guy is big, talented and athletic. I can't wait to see what this kid can do for us over the next few seasons. He also has great intellect to his credit. Herman was a 4.0 student and a National Honor Society member in high school.
Despite his many assets, however, Jimmy will likely get redshirted this year. Purdue already has an abundance of talent at the linebacker position, so ruling him out for 2012 seems to be the best move as it saves him for an extra year instead of wasting one standing on the sideline.
Nevertheless, I am pumped about this kid. Hopefully he can put some mass on his 6'4", 215 frame in the weight room and learn as much as he can about the Purdue D and the linebacker responsibilities this year.
While Chris Quinn doesn't have a Twitter account, Jimmy Herman does. So, give the guy a follow at @HermGerm29, because who knows? He might be a stud in a few years.