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19 Days to Purdue Football: Dezwan Polk-Campbell & Aaron Banks

Two experienced players lead today’s countdown.

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

Today we have a couple more reserves that may not play much, but have contributed in the past.

Dezwan Polk-Campbell – Jr.

Columbus, OH (Whetstone HS)

6’3”, 220 pounds


2016 Projection: Contributor on special teams

Polf-Campbell is entering his fourth season with the program after a redshirt year in 2013. In total, he has played in nine games over the past two seasons, mostly as a reserve linebacker and on special teams. He has a total of seven tackles in his career, four of them in two games against Minnesota.

In high school he was one of the better linebackers in the Columbus area. He had 93 tackles his senior season and was an all-City selection. A complete athlete, he also ran track in the 100 and 400.

Aaron Banks – So.

Indianapolis, IN (Brebeuf HS)

6’4”, 210 pounds


2016 Projection: Reserve at quarterback

If you’re looking for the second most experienced quarterback on the roster it is Banks. Last season against Indiana Austin Appleby was knocked out of the game briefly with an injury. With David Blough out due to a concussion and Elijah Sindelar redshirting Purdue needed a QB for one play. Banks came in and completed his lone passing attempt for four yards.

Banks was a solid quarterback for Brebeuf in high school in Indianapolis. His junior year he threw for 2,093 yards and 16 touchdowns while also rushing for 375 yards and 11 scores. That year he took Brebeuf to the class 3A state title game and an 11-4 record.

Banks was also a basketball teammate of P.J. Thompson at Brebeuf. He averaged 10.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game during the 2013-14 season with Thompson.