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15 Days to Purdue Football: Andy Chelf

Today we have a redshirt freshman who has had tough luck with injuries.

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Happy Drew Brees Day! It is 15 days to Purdue football, so we remember the most famous No. 15 to ever play at Purdue. Unfortunately for today’s player, it is more likely that Drew plays at Ross-Ade this year than him.

Andy Chelf – Fr. (RS)

Southlake, Texas (Southlake Carroll HS)

6’, 195 pounds


2016 Projection: Possibly out due to injury

Chelf comes from Brees’ crosstown rival high school in Southlake Carroll, one of the top high school football programs in the country. Brees’ one-time backup in New Orleans, Chase Daniel, was also from Southlake Carroll, which has been among the nation’s best teams for the last 15 years.

Chelf was a solid player for them, too. His senior season he was a second team all-state selection in Texas with 128 tackles and two interceptions. That year Southlake Carroll went 10-0 in the regular season and won three games in the state playoffs before falling to eventual state champion Cedar Hill.

Since then things have not gone well for Chelf. He redshirted last season as he rehabbed, you guessed it, a torn ACL (one of at least four torn ACLs last season for Purdue). He was trying to climb the depth chart in fall camp this year when he was forced to leave Wednesday’s practice with another knee injury that was described as “not good”.

It is a tough break to see a kid lose a second straight year (if that is indeed the case) with an injury. Here is hoping he heals quickly.