We all know that Purdue’s offensive line is in flux. The good news is that one position is locked down solid by the most experienced member of the group. He happens to be today’s player.
Kirk Barron – Jr.
Mishawaka, IN (Mishawaka Marian HS)
6’2”, 305 pounds
2017 Projection: Starter at center
Barron is on a streak of 13 straight starts after making his first career start against Indiana in 2015. He basically was the understudy for Robert Kugler for two years before taking over in that game. Since then, he has locked down the center position and is one of only a handful of players that we can say going into the season is a definite starter.
Barron has also evolved into one of Purdue’s strongest and most reliable players:
“He was the first one to pick up the offense,” said sophomore Michael Mendez, who has limited game experience. “He studies every day. Every time I call him he says, ‘You want to watch film?’ He’s trying to lead us.”
The leadership aspect from Barron should be set. The group still lacks overall talent, depth and experience right now. When Matt McCann returns in the fall after recovering from ankle surgery, he gives the Boilermakers an experienced player at one of the tackle spots.
Clearly, Barron will be a key to any success Purdue has in 2017.