Purdue desperately needs improvement in the kicking game, and today's player is one of many who will get a shot at replacing Paul Griggs.
Myles Homan - Fr. (RS)
Cincinnati, OH (St. Xavier HS)
6'1", 220 pounds
2016: Projection: Reserve at Kicker
Homan joins Brian Bravo, Tyler Duncan, and incoming freshman J.D. Dellinger as players vying to get the open job as placekicker. Homan got an early look this spring at the job with Dellinger not on campus by playing in the spring game. In that even he made a pair of extra points and a 24-yard field goal while Duncan and Bravo both missed field goal attempts. Homan struggled to get distance on kickoffs too, only averaging 62 yards per kickoff.
A week earlier in the kick scrimmage he hit from as far away at 39 yards, which was impressive as that was a day with swirling winds up to 50 miles per hour. He finished that day 5 of 11 on field goals.
It is a bit of a surprise that Homan is here, actually. In high school he originally committed to play at the U.S. Naval Academy, but changed his mind to walk on at Purdue. That year he was 39 of 40 on PATs and 6 of 13 on field goals with a long of 44 yards. His team went 10-3 that year and lost in the regional finals of the state playoffs. He was one of 10 players to move on to play collegiately from Cincinnati St. Xavier in 2014, one of the best HS football powerhouses in the Midwest.