Recruiting a JuCo player can be such a hit or miss proposition, especially for a team like Purdue in need of a big splash. You either get a guy who can contribute right away (think Rob Ninkovich when he came in) or you get a guy that doesn't do much and travels through the system with barely a mention (Think Corey Clements). Today's player in in year two of his two year stint and so far looks like he is trending toward the latter.
Shayne Henley - Sr.
Simi Valley, CA (Moorpark JC)
6'3", 250 pounds
2016 Projection: Reserve at Defensive End
Henley was brought in last season to fill a need at defensive end and create more of a pass rush. It didn't work. To be fair, no one on the team could get consistent pressure in the backfield, so it is not all on Henley. Hopefully a new defensive coordinator and defensive line coach can address these issues.
Henley did play in all 12 games, however, so he at least should provide some depth. He finished the year with nine tackles and one sack. He should be in the mix for playing time this season as a result.