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53 Days To Purdue Football: John Bednar And Kirk Barron

A pair of young players will be deep on the depth chart this year, but will be contributors in future years.

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

I always like kids that work hard, and that is what we have here with two guys featured today. The first is a walk-on working to find a niche on the field, while the second is a true freshman that enrolled early so he could go through spring practice and maybe play early.

John Bednar - So.

Valparaiso, IN (Valparaiso HS)

6'2", 244 pounds

Long Snapper

2014 Projection: Backup longsnapper

Kirk Barron

Mishawaka, IN (Marian HS)

6'2", 294 pounds

Offensive Line

2014 Projection: Possible redshirt

We may not see either player on the field this season. Bednar is a reserve at Long Snapper, which is held down by Jesse Schmitt and is unlikely to be needed unless Schmitt, a three-year starter, really screws up or is injured. Barron projects mostly as a center, which is the most stable spot on the offensive line with Robert Kugler solidly slotted into that position.

Still, both are guys that will make their biggest difference in practice. Bednar, a walk-on, will possibly battle for the starter's job next season even though we have recruited a long snapper coming in. Barron will likely compete for playing time in two years after he gets used to the college game. I suspect a redshirt is in his future this season, but you never know.