We can do this. Just six more weeks until the kickoff of the season. We’re already starting to see a football-like substance with media days happening around the country. As a result, the countdown continues with a pair of walk-ons.
Brian Bravo - Sr.
North Aurora, IL (Joliet Catholic)
6’2”, 200 pounds
2018 Projection: Deep Reserve at Kicker
At one time it looked as if Bravo might become Purdue’s regular kicker. He joinded the roster as a walk-on in 2015 when Paul griggs was a senior and struggling. J.D. Dellinger came in as a freshman the next season and also struggled. Kohls Kicking Camps rated him as a five-star kicker and one of the best kicking prospects in all of the Midwest. As a junior he was 57 of 58 on extra points. His senior year was excellent, as he was 41 of 43 on PATs, 10 of 11 on field goals, and hit a 53-yard attempt. His profile is still active on the Kohls site as well.
Alas, it hasn’t worked out for him to see some playing time. If you count 2015 as a redshirt year he could technically return next season, but Dellinger will be a senior. We also still have Spencer Evans this year.
Bravo is still here for depth, however. Like Myles Homan yesterday, it would be nice to get into a blowout and score a late TD so he can come out for an extra point to get in the scorebook.
David Day - Jr.
Indianapolis, IN (North Central HS)
5’9”, 185 pounds
2018 Projection: Deep Reserve at Cornerback
Day is entering his third year with the program as a walk-on. He is out of North Central High School in Indianapolis, which has unfortunately been a doormat in the difficult MIC for some time. In each of his final two seasons there the Panthers went 0-10 as part of a 28 game losing streak. in 2014 they only scored 40 total points and were shut out 7 times.
Day persisted, however, and is a promising student in Krannert according to his bio there:
Being a student-athlete requires an extensive amount of planning, prioritizing, and discipline. During the season, I spend 40+ hours a week with football activities. I have workouts, film meetings, playbook meetings, practice, and traveling. I must plan each week out all the way to the minute to ensure I am maximizing my study time. Time management is a skill that people often overlook. It is crucial that when I set aside time to study, I concentrate so that I may be efficient. I do not have the luxury of studying as much as my peers do, so I must study for quality opposed to quantity. I must get ahead in my classes, with any excess free time that I have. I try to limit as many distractions as possible during the week while still maintaining my social life on the weekends. Lastly, I rely heavily on my BOP community to keep me up-to-date and encouraged whenever I feel overly stressed.
So here is to David making it as a special teamer!