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23 Days To Purdue Football: Antoine Lewis and Keyante Green

Both No. 23s could play a lot of minutes in 2014.


Today is another day with two players, and they are both at different parts of their careers. One is a senior trying to make an impact in his final season, while the other is a freshman coming out of his redshirt year and he will try to avoid Purdue's Curse of the Four Stars.

Antoine Lewis - Sr.

Chicago, IL (Proviso East HS)

5'10", 185 pounds


2014 Projection: Possible starter at Cornerback

Lewis has had an up and down career at Purdue, mostly as a reserve, but sometimes breaking into the starting lineup. He is fighting for one of the starting cornerback spots as we enter fall camp and he brings some decent experience to the table. He has played in 30 games with three career starts and 33 tackles. Most of that came last year, where he had 24 tackles and all three career starts. In 2012 he played in all 12 games as a reserve and made a pair of interceptions; one against Marshall and the other against Indiana.

It is hard to evaluate his career because most of the time he has had more experienced players ahead of him at the position, be they Ricardo Allen, Josh Johnson, or others. I do think he can emerge as a solid option at the position this year and at the very least he will provide experienced depth.

Keyante Green - Fr. (RS)

McDonough, GA (Eagles Landing Christian Academy)

5'9", 210 pounds

Running back

2014 Projection: contributor at running back

I am of the opinion that any 4-star player Purdue gets needs to be a contributor from day 1. We don't get many, maybe 1-2 per class, so they should be able to come in and play right away. So last year when Keyante Green redshirted, it was a bit of a surprise, especially when classmate Dalyn Dawkins played ahead of him. Dawkins is gone now, and Green is fighting seniors Akeem Hunt, Raheem Mostert, and Brandon Cottom for carries.

Green was a 4-star recruit and finished with over 6,000 rushing yards in his high school career. He challenged everyone else in the spring and is part of a pretty solid stable of running backs that could do some damage if they have a line to open some holes in front of them.