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12 Days to Purdue Football: Jared Sparks


The No. 12 jersey is the shirt of legends at Purdue. It is the famous quarterback jersey, so it is no surprise that our incoming freshman QB is wearing it.

Jared Sparks – Fr.

Geismar, LA (Dutchtown HS)

6’1”, 200 pounds


2016 Projection: Likely Redshirt

Sparks is more of a dual-threat QB as opposed to the passers that David Blough and Elijah Sindelar are. He was both a runner and a passer last season and was an all-District selection for a team that went 8-4. His team even won a state tournament game before losing to eventual state champion Zachary in round 2.

Sparks is almost certainly going to redshirt this year unless both Blough and Sindelar get injured. He is still a promising player and one that offers a different look at quarterback going forward. We will see how he develops and if the 2018 season is one in which he contributes because you never know how the QB shuffle will pan out.