Purdue football’s scholarship situation is coming into clearer focus now that we are after graduation. Before graduation I had Purdue at 90 scholarships, 5 over the 85 limit, in terms of players heading into the 2017 season. That number is now down to 88 as two players are moving on.
The first is Tim Faison. Faison would have been a redshirt sophomore in the fall with three years to play, but after redshirting in 2015 and not playing at all as a linebacker/defensive end in 2016 he is leaving the program:
His own twitter was a little more interesting:
I guess I only got two things to focus on now— Tim Faison™ (@Im_Tht_Dude40) May 22, 2017
Minor set back for a major comeback just wait on it— Tim Faison™ (@Im_Tht_Dude40) May 22, 2017
For the record, IndyJuco is Independence Junior College in Independence, Kansas.
The next player is Johnny Daniels. Daniels was a little used defensive and offensive lineman the last four years. From what I could find, he played in exactly one game, and that was against Indiana State in 2015. The 6’3”, 301 pound lineman was nowhere near the depth chart entering his fifth and final season, so with a Purdue degree in hand he is a graduate transfer:
Refuse to be a statistic! I beat the odds! Thank you Purdue pic.twitter.com/RG27T6sLiH— JD Daniels (@Jeezydaniels) May 13, 2017
There is not an official announcement, but his twitter bio lists him as a transfer to Arkansas-Pine Bluff, an FCS program.
Obviously we wish both guys well. As far as the remaining three scholarships that need to open up, There is a ton of speculation. First, here are the players that officially graduated:
Of these 10, the only scholarship guys with eligibility remaining are Danny Ezechukwu and Dezwan Polk-Campbell. Tretter had his career end a few years ago due to injury, but he stayed with school. Johnson and Hudson officially are walk-ons. Clark, Cermin, Panfil, and Replogle all played four years already.
Ezechukwu is expected to play quite a bit, so I would bet he returns. Polk-Campbell, however, has played little in his career.