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43 Days to Purdue Football: Andy Chelf

The sophomore safety is still recovering from being shot in April.

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Today we have two players, so once again, there will be two separate posts for the No. 43’s on the roster.

Andy Chelf – So.

Southlake, TX (Southlake Carroll)

6’, 195 pounds


2017 Projection: ?

For the first time ever we have a question mark on what a player is going to do in the coming season because I honestly have no idea what is going to happen with Chelf. I can’t recall a player having a worse run of bad luck to start his career. He was a promising safety coming out of football powerhouse Southlake Carroll in Texas. He was a Second Team All-State safety there and he threw up huge numbers. He had 138 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 12 pass breakups. Those are numbers that would grant immediate playing time at most schools (especially with a void at safety), but I don’t have the genius of Darrell Hazell, so he was redshirted in 2015 as a freshman.

That is where the bad luck begins. He tore his ACL, causing him to miss the 2016 season as a redshirt freshman. He seemed to be recovering well and he did well in this year’s spring game with 7 tackles and a fumble recovery, but bad luck struck again. Later that night he was shot in the torso in an unspecified incident.

So where does that put Chelf now? I don’t know. He is recovering and should be fine in the long run, but Purdue has not said much on where he stands coming into the season. I’d love to see him recover an realize his potential because he can still be a good safety for us, but we’ll see.