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53 Days to Purdue Football: Kirk Barron

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We have a new starter at center after Kirk Barron apprenticed for two years under Robert Kugler.

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After being an understudy to Robert Kugler for two years today's player is ready to become a starter in his own right.

Kirk Barron -€” So.

Mishawaka, IN (Marian HS)

6'2", 310 pounds

Center

2016 Projection: Starter at Center

Barron comes to us from the same high school as our own Juan Crespo. He was one of the top rated centers in the Midwest as part of the 2014 recruiting cycle, and his junior year he helped lead his team within a game of the Class 3A state championship game. We even have RARE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN STATS to share. Mishawaka Marian credits him as the school record holder for pancake blocks with 372 in his career and 25 in a game.

Barron played mostly as a reserve last season during Kugler's final year and he expects to become a full-time starter this fall.