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Purdue Adds Baylor Transfer Spencer Evans

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A sixth graduate transfer is on board and immediately eligible.

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Yestrerday at Big Ten Football Media Days Jeff Brohm alluded to the addition of another player or two just before camp. Today, that came true. Spencer Evans, a graduate transfer kicker from Baylor, agreeed to come to Purdue. He is immediately eligible and has two years of eligibility left.

First things first: it looks as if Evans will be on schoalrship, taking one of the three open spots I have for us so far this season. GBI couldn’t confirm he would be asked on scholarship since he was a walk-on at Baylor, but I asked via Twitter and his kicking coach confirmed he would be on scholarship:

So what role will he fill? Well, at Baylor he was primarily a kickoff specialist with a big leg. Purdue struggled to get any touchbacks last season and he had 39 touchbacks as a sophomore in 2015 at Baylor. he then left the program because of their... ongoing issues.

Evans could also challenge J.D. Dellinger for the placekicking job. Myles Homan and Dellinger went back and forth in the spring, but Dellinger is the incumbent as a sophomore after going 10 of 14 last season. Evans has a huge leg, however:

That is an 80 yard field goal with the standard FG run-up. The long last season for Dellinger was only 42, but his longest attempt was only 44 yards. It could also be a situation where Dellinger is the shorter, more accurate kicker, but if Purdue is in a situation where it needs a 50 yard bomb it brings in Evans.

Regardless, this is a good addition for the year. It gives Purdue another experienced weapon and shows that Brohm is pulling out all the stops to give Purdue a shot at winning now.

Here is your updated scholarship grid, BTW:

Purdue Football Scholarship Grid 7/26/2017

Player Position ('17-'18) ('18-'19) ('19-'20) ('20-'21) ('21-'22)
Player Position ('17-'18) ('18-'19) ('19-'20) ('20-'21) ('21-'22)
Dave Steinmetz OL Grad Transfer
TJ McCollum LB Grad Transfer
Josh Okonye DB Grad Transfer
Da'Wan Hunte CB Senior (5)
Antoine Miles DE Senior (5)
Danny Ezechukwu LB Senior (5)
Anthony Mahoungou WR Senior
Gelen Robinson DE Senior
Gregory Phillips WR Senior
Ja'Whaun Bentley LB Senior
Christopher Parker S Senior
Kamal Hardy CB Senior
Austin Larkin DE Senior
Corey Holmes WR Grad Transfer Grad Transfer
Shane Evans OG Grad Transfer Grad Transfer
Spencer Evans K Grad Transfer Grad Transfer
Dexter Knox RB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Bearooz Yacoobi OL Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Cole Herdman TE Junior (RS) Senior (5)
David Blough QB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Keiwan Jones DT Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Kirk Barron C Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Tim Cason CB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Will Colmery DT Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Rob Simmons DE Junior Senior
Ben Makowksi LS Junior Senior
TJ Jallow S Junior Senior
Ethan Smart OL Junior Senior
Joe Schopper P Junior Senior
Markell Jones RB Junior Senior
Eddy Wilson DT Junior Senior
Isaac Zico WR Junior Senior
Ray Ellis DT Junior Senior
Terry Wright WR Junior Senior
Markus Bailey LB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Tario Fuller RB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Andy Chelf S Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Brycen Hopkins TE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Chazmyn Turner DE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Elijah Sindelar QB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jess Trussell TE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Matt McCann OT Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Michael Little CB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Michael Mendez OL Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Peyton Truitt OL Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Richard Worship RB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Sawyer Dawson LB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Kai Higgins DE Sophomore Junior Senior
Josh Hayes CB Sophomore Junior Senior
Alex Criddle DT Sophomore Junior Senior
Navon Mosley S Sophomore Junior Senior
Jack Wegher RB Sophomore Junior Senior
J.D. Dellinger K Sophomore Junior Senior
Lorenzo Neal DT Sophomore Junior Senior
Brian Lankford-Johnson RB Sophomore Junior Senior
Brandon Shuman CB Sophomore Junior Senior
Benaiah Franklin WR Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Anthony Watts DT Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jared Sparks QB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Grant Hermanns OL Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Simeon Smiley CB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Tanner Hawthorne OL Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Semisi Fakasiieiki LB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jackson Anthrop WR Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Griffin Alstott QB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Darius Pittman TE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Nicholas Sipe QB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Tyler Hamilton WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Dedrick Mackey DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Mark Stickford OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jacob Abrams DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jalen Jackson OG Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Giovanni Hightower-Reviere DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
D’Jaundrae Edwards WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Viktor Beach OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
DeShon Washington OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Kenneth Major DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Allen Daniels DT Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Keyron Catlett WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Derrick Barnes LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Robert McWilliams LB/DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Cornell Jones LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Tobias Larry LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jaylan Alexander LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jack Plummer QB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Elijah Ball DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Kadin Smith DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Charles Allen OG Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jack Cravaack TE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Cornelius McCoy WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Byron Perkins CB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Eric Miller OT Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Connor Parks DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Cory Trice S Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Lawrence Johnson DT Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Will Bramel OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jimmy McKenna OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Willie Lane DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jordan Bonner WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Clay Harris RB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
K.J. Stokes DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Destin Coates RB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Brandon Deen DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Total Scholarships Left 2 -5 16 38 65
Total Scholarships Used 83 90 69 47 20