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29 Days to Purdue Football: Jimmy Herman

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The senior linebacker forms part of the defense's strongest unit.

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

It is nice to have a player today with a copious amount of experience to write about as opposed to a walk-on that I have to go 17 layers down on the internet to find out more info.

Jimmy Herman -€” Sr.

Carmel, IN (Carmel HS)

6'4", 230 pounds

Linebacker

2016 Prediction: Possible starter at linebacker

Herman has been a long-time contributor as one of the freshmen that took his lumps during the brutal 2013 season.      In that time he has grown into one of Purdue's best linebackers in years. As a freshman he had a modest 13 tackles as a reserve and on special teams. The next year he moved into a starter's role and finished with 56 tackles.

Unfortunately, that is when hamstring problems began to develop. They persisted and limited him to only eight games in 2015. He finished with 41 tackles and a forced fumble, but battled a dicey hamstring all year.

Herman enters this season as one of the top players in the linebacker rotation. He is probably just a little behind Ja'Whaun Bentley and Danny Ezechukwu, but he is still expected to play a large role in his final season.