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26 Days to Purdue Football: C.J. Parker

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The senior JuCo transfer played in all 12 games last season.

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Purdue Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Editor’s Note: This article was scheduled before we learned of Parker’s knee injury and did not update the article in time. He has been ruled out for the rest of the season

A year ago today’s player was brought in as a JuCo transfer to help in the secondary. Now he enters his final season with one last chance to make an impression.

C.J. Parker – Sr.

Menifee, CA (Mt. San Jacinto Junior College)

6’1”, 205 pounds

Safety

2017 Projection: Possible safety at safety Likely out with injury*

Purdue needed safety help last year, so Parker was brought in as a solution. Ultimately, it did not work out. Leroy Clark played most of the season as an established senior and Navon Mosley emerged as a true freshman in the other spot. That limited the amount of time that Parker was able to see the field. He still played in all 12 games with 35 tackles, 3 for loss, and a 50 yard interception return against Northwestern.

That puts him up in the air coming into this season. He is in a crowded field to play more this year, but he definitely has a shot.