Today is another double player day and they are both guys that have not played a ton yet, but are looking to make an impact this coming season for the first time.
Kenneth Major - Fr. (RS)
Hopkinsville, KY (Christian County HS)
6’, 195 pounds
2018 Projection: Starting Cornerback
Major held onto hsi redshirt last season mostly ebcause Purdue had two really good corners in Josh Okonye and Da’Wan Hunte. Now he is expected to start even ahead of seniors Tim Cason and Kamal Hardy.
A high school teammate of Keyron Catlett and Cory Trice, Major was a first-team all-state selection in kentucky in 2016. He finished that year with 65 tackles and an interception while also playing receiver. He caught 13 passes for 153 yards and a score. The previous season he had a pair of pick-sixes, so it is likely opposing teams avoided his side of the field in 2016.
That is what we can hope for here. He had an excellent spring and is expected to be Purdue’s top corner this fall.
Benaiah Franklin - So.
Marietta, GA (Wheeler HS)
6’1”, 205 pounds
2018 Projection: Possible contributor at wide receiver.
It is hard to say what to expect of Franklin going forward. He is a third year player that is probably behind the likes of Isaac Zico, Jarrett Burgess, Terry Wright, Jackson Anthrop, and Rondale Moore at receiver. Purdue also has a wealth of talent at the position coming next season.
Last season Franklin saw action in three games as a reserve, but did not catch a pass. Here is catching anice pass in this season’s spring game (ironically against the above mentioned Major):
This will be a big year for him going forward. Franklin needs to make a move and become a reliable receeiver or he will risk being passed by next year’s recruits.