Today we have a couple of freshmen who a little down on the depth chart at the moment.
Danny Carollo – Fr.
Lake Forest, IL (Lake Forest HS)
6’1”, 210 pounds
2016 Projection: Likely redshirt
How new is Carrollo? He wasn’t even on the roster a few weeks ago when we did our preview of the quarterbacks. That likely makes him fifth string at best as Purdue has three scholarship QBs and a walk-on that has an entire snap of experience. Basically, if Carrollo plays this season we have had an absolute disaster at the position.
He has some interesting connections, however:
Carollo, entering his second year as the Scouts' starting quarterback, can ask his older brother, P.J., who also started for Lake Forest and played two seasons at Northwestern.
Or, he could turn to his father, Paul, a former QB at Wisconsin-La Crosse. Danny's uncle Bill, now the Big Ten's director of officiating after a 20-year career as an NFL referee, played under center at Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
A neighborhood friend, Tommy Rees, another former Lake Forest quarterback, played the position at Notre Dame and currently is a graduate assistant at Northwestern.
Carrollo decided to walk-on at Purdue after receiving an offer from perennial FCS playoff team Northern Iowa. As a junior he led his team to a pair of upset wins in the state tournament with 632 yards and 6 TDs. He has some promise for a walk-on that was possibly overlooked by other schools, but he still has a long way to go to see the field.
Tim Faison – Fr. (RS)
Tallahassee, FL (Amos P. Godby HS)
6’2”, 211 pounds
2016 Projection: Reserve at Defensive End
Faison has been coming out of his redshirt year and so far has been limited in fall camp with a concussion. In high school he was a three-star prospect that finished with 51 tackles and six sacks as a senior.
At Purdue he needs to likely gain some more size to be a pass rusher. His strength will be speed off the edge when he finally gets on the field.