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84 Days To Purdue Football: Justin Sinz

The junior tight end is an emerging cog on offense for Purdue.

Once again, I apologize for being a day late on a player, but it has been a hectic weekend with little time to write. The players for Saturday and Sunday, however, are expected to play some larger roles within the offense here in 2013.

Justin Sinz - Jr.

Edgar, Wisconsin (Edgar HS)

Tight End

6'4" 251 pounds

2013 Projection: Possible starter at tight end

Tight end will be apposition of need in the 2013 offense as 2012 starter Crosby Wright has graduated. Carlos Carvajal is the highly recruited possible replacement, with Gabe Holmes returning as the player with the most experience. Sinz, a junior, could see his role expand after a decent 2012 season.

Sinz played for the first time in 2011 as a redshirt freshman, starting one game and appearing in 12 with three catches for 25 yards. His 2012 numbers were slightly better with four catches for 48 yards and his first career touchdown. While used primarily as a blocking tight end, he has proven in the past that he can be effective in the passing game.

Sinz has twice been an academic all-Big Ten selection in his career and he has the size to be a regular either as a blocking or receiving tight end. In high school he was a quarterback and safety, where he was the Wisconsin Player of the Year in 2009. He was 27-1 as a starter his final two seasons, losing only in the Class 6A state championship as a junior.

As an all-around athlete Sinz played basketball and was a member of the track team in high school. That means he is a very versatile player that can do a little bit of everything. Look for him to be a contributor this fall.