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3 Days to Purdue Football: DJ Edwards and Kamal Hardy

Let’s meet two more players battling to be quality reserves this season.

NCAA Football: Northwestern at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

Both of today’s players may or may not play this season, as they have struggled to make noise on the depth chart.

Kamal Hardy – Sr.

Miramar, FL (Monroe College)

5’11”, 185 pounds


2017 Projection: Reserve at Cornerback

Hardy came to Purdue last year as a junior college transfer but had a rough go of it. He was expected to contend for a starting position because he was a strong 3-star commitment, but a shoulder injury injured his season after one game.

Now with only his senior season left he is battling for playing time at cornerback. He has been running with the second team for much of camp, but could play more in nickel formations. That leaves him as a bit of a mystery. He still has a lot of promise, but we just haven’t seen him play much.

D.J. Edwards

West Palm Beach, FL (Palm Beach Lakes HS)

6’1”, 190 pounds

Wide Receiver

2017 Projection: Possible redshirt

D.J. Edwards was one of freshmen that came to Purdue hoping to make an impact in his first season. He played high school ball in the tough South Florida region for Palm Beach Lakes high. He had 35 receptions for 604 yards and 8 TDs as his team reached the Class 7A playoffs. They eventually lost to national power St. Thomas Aquinas.

Officially, he has the longest name on the team, as his full name is D’Jaundrae McKenzie-Lanelson Edwards. He seems a little far down on the depth chart this season, but that is fine. A redshirt could be good for him as he learns the system and breaks out next year.