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17 Days to Purdue Football: Nick Sipe & Byron Perkins

The redshirt freshman QB and freshman DB are both promising players.

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

Today is another two player day. First we have a promising redshirt freshman quarterback. Then we have an incoming defensive back who will eventually make headlines.

Nick Sipe - Fr. (RS)

Villa Park, CA (Villa Park HS)

6’4”, 215 pounds


2018 Projection: Reserve at Quarterback

How close did Sipe come to playing last season? Late in the year David blough was out with an ankle injury, Jared Sparks was banged up, and then Elijah Sindelar tore his ACL. We didn’t know it at the time, but behind the scenes Sipe was getting ready to go. He very easily could have ended up burning his redshirt and playing against Indiana because Purdue had no other options aside from walk-on QBs.

As one of coach Brohm’s first recruited quarterbacks he would have been prepared. At Villa Park HS in California he threw for 2,904 yards and 29 touchdowns against 9 interceptions. he led his team to a conference championship and 9-3 record before a 19-14 loss in the CIF Southern State Playfoffs to Los Alamitos.

Sipe appears to be locked in a battle this year with true freshman Jack Plummer for the No. 3 QB spot. His understudy at Villa Park, Paul Piferi will join the Boilermakers next fall. He also comes from a great line of quarterbacks as his uncle, Brian Sipe, was the 1980 NFL MVP. Consideirng he won said award with the Browns means he must have been incredible because, well, the Browns.

Byron Perkins - Fr.

Chicago, IL (De La Salle HS)

6’2”, 185 pounds


2018 Projection: Likely Redshirt

Give Purdue’s depth at safety this year it seems likely that Perkins will redshirt. He was a 2-star commit from De La Salle HS in Chicago and Purdue was his lone power conference offer. That makes him a “Diamond in the Rough” candidate. We were his top choice all along:

“I knew from the jump that I wanted to commit to Purdue, but it was just a matter of if my parents wanted me to go there,” he said. “Purdue was No. 1 in my mind all throughout the recruitment process. But my mother was more worried about my education — you know, being mom — than my athletic career. She wanted me to take a look at Miami of Ohio.

”I finally got my parents on board this (past) weekend. My mom was very happy Purdue was my decision. I was surprised because she made me wait that whole time, but that’s mom. It took awhile to get my parents to hop on board.”