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27 Days to Purdue Football: Navon Mosley

The junior safety will be a leader on defense this year.

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

Today’s player made great strides last season in Nick Holt’s defense. After struggling somewhat as a redshirt freshman in 2016 he became a solid starter in 2017.

Navon Mosley - Jr.

West Bloomfield, MI (West Bloomfield HS)

6’, 195 pounds


2018 Projection: Starter at Safety

Mosley has been a solid player through two years. In the 25 games over the past two seasons he has played in all 25 and started 22 of them. He has 114 career tackles and went from 49 in 2016 to 65 last year. He also was a force in causing turnovers last season. He collected his first two career interceptions, forced a fumble, and recovered two fumbles.

He made possibly the biggest play of the bowl game against Arizona, too. With Arizona driving for a late first half score he stripped Khalil Tate after a first down run and recovered the fumble. The officials didn’t even realize it was a fumble until Purdue called for a review. After getting the ball Purdue ran the fake kneel play to D.J. Knox and got a cheap field goal out of it. considering that Purdue stopped a probable scoring drive for the Wildcats, it was a 6-10 point shift in a game decided by 3 points. He also had a critical interception late against Iowa.

This year Mosley enters as the unquestioned starter at safety, so big things are expected from him. Let’s also not forget he gave us this: