One of Purdue's most memorable players of all-time was a transfer from a smaller program. I am referring to Seth Morales, who was admonished not to bother coming to Purdue, and he only made the most memorable play in the program's history. Today's player is another transfer from a smaller program and could find himself in a position to make a big play before his time is done.
Ian MacDougall - Sr.
Westfield, IN (Westfield HS)
6'1", 208 pounds
2014 projection: possible starter at kicker
MacDougall headed north after last season. He is a transfer from Division III Wabash College in Crawfordsville, where he was an excellent kicker. He is expected to come in and challenge for the starting job at placekicker against incumbent Paul Griggs and possibly Thomas Meadows.
In high school at Westfield he was honorable mention all-Conference in both football and soccer as a kicker, and he parlayed that into three solid years down the roads at Wabash. In 2011 he was 48 of 53 on extra points and 5 of 10 on field goals with a long of 43. As a sophomore in 2012 he had a rough year, going 22 of 29 on extra points and only 6 of 11 on field goals. That set the stage for an excellent final season in 2013. He was an impressive 15 of 17 on field goals with a long of 45 yards, so he has the chops to be the main guy this year.
MacDougall is also a responsible player. He already graduated with his degree in history and came to Purdue to earn a Masters in Sports Management.
As a final note, let's wish him well, as he is spending his honeymoon in his first Purdue football camp this week. According to his Purdue bio he got married just this past Saturday. Since Purdue has a handful of open scholarships for walk-ons, his gift could be earning a one-year scholarship for what would be his only season on the team.