Today's feature's player is a testament to hard work. He is a walk-on that has crawled his way up past scholarship players and enters 2015 as Purdue's most experienced tight end. He was also awarded a scholarship in April, so his last year of school is paid for.
Jordan Jurasevich - Sr.
Crown Point, IN (Crown Point HS)
6'3", 250 pounds
2015 Projection: Starter at Tight End
At this time last season Jurasevich was barely on the radar. Now he enters as the projected starter at tight end despite not even joining the program until last year as a junior. He played a year at North Central College before coming to Purdue. He then tried out twice at Purdue, trying to make the roster in 2012 under Danny Hope and 2013 under Hazell. He finally made it last spring, and served mostly as a blocking tight end last fall.
Jurasevich caught just one pass for two yards, but served well as a blocker. He made it into all 12 games as a reserve walk-on and earned more playing time than senior Dolapo Macarthy at TE. With Macarthy, Gabe Holmes, and Justin Sinz gone his single reception makes him Purdue's most experienced TE. What's even better is this spring coach Hazell surprised him with a scholarship for his final season.
This is a great story and Jurasevich will likely be a fan favorite this fall.