You can never have enough kickers, so let’s meet today’s player, a walk-on from Kentucky.
Noah Brunner – Fr. (RS)
Shelbyville, KY (Collins HS)
6’, 194 pounds
2017 Projection: Reserve kicker
J.D. Dellinger has the top spot on lockdown at kicker, but there is always a spot for another kicker to make the field. If a kicker can regularly make it to the end zone on kickoffs, thus eliminating returns, they can be a sole kickoff specialist. This has been an area where Purdue has struggled in recent years, so perhaps Brunner can contribute there.
Brunner was listed as a definite Division I prospect according to Chris Sailer kicking, one of the top specialist camps in the country. He was rated as the No. 73 kicker in the 2016 recruiting class. He had originally committed to Western Kentucky, but he followed Jeff Brohm to Purdue.
His bio also said that he was one of the top kickers in his class on kickoffs. He has a strong upside and can be developed as a special teams weapon. Should Dellinger falter Brunner seems like a solid backup, and Brunner could easily be a kickoff specialist this fall.