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Purdue Freshman Redshirt Watch: Midseason 2019

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The youth movement continues for Purdue.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 12 Maryland at Purdue Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We’re at the halfway point of the 2019 football season. Injuries have forced a lot of freshmen to play, but some still have the ability to redshirt. That means it is a good time to look at our redshirt tracker for everyone. I have even tried to look at it in regards to older players who have not previously used their redshirt year to try and get a more accurate count. First though, are the true freshmen. Here are the true freshmen that have played and their respective stats:

Da’Joun Hewitt – 1 game – 4 rushes for 9 yards

David Bell – 6 games – 26 receptions, 438 yards, 3 TDs

King Doerue – 6 games – 67 rushes, 226 yards, 3 TDs, 8 receptions, 69 yards, 1 TD

Milton Wright – 5 games – 6 receptions, 101 yards, 1 TD

TJ Sheffield – 2 games – 2 receptions, 12 yards, 30 kickoff return yards

George Karlaftis – 6 games – 49 tackles, 9.5 for loss, 4 sacks, INT

Jalen Graham – 6 games – 20 tackles

Cam Allen – 5 games – 6 tackles

Marvin Grant – 3 games – 2 tackles

Brooks Cormier – 6 games – 22 punts, 41.5 yard average

Khali Saunders – 1 game – 1 tackle

If a player has played more than four games they cannot redshirt this year, meaning Bell, Doerue, Wright, Karlaftis, Graham, Allen, and Cormier have already burned it this year. Grant is out for the season with a shoulder injury and has thus preserved his redshirt. Sheffield is also currently out and seems likely to preserve his redshirt. That leaves Hewitt and Saunders in somewhat murky territory after they made their career debuts against Maryland. They can play in three more games and still redshirt.

There are a couple of other players to consider as well. Jeff Marks, the sophomore defensive lineman, played extensively last season as a true freshman, but has only played in one game so far (Maryland). He would be able to preserve it and redshirt this year if he played in 3 or fewer remaining games. Rondale Moore can still technically redshirt and return as a sophomore if he does not play again this year. True sophomore Jaylan Alexander has already played in six games and would have his redshirt available later if needed.

Purdue only has two true juniors playing in Cornel Jones and Derrick Barnes. Both are past the four game limit and still have their redshirts available if needed. Then you have the some other cases. Alex Criddle did not play at all as a true sophomore in 2017, so that can technically be his “redshirt” year, meaning he can return next season if he wants as a 5th year senior. Lorenzo Neal has not played at all and is already ruled out next week, too. Since he never used his redshirt if he does not play before the Nebraska game he could potentially return as a fifth year senior next year, too.

Finally, you have the case of Elijah Sindelar and Markus Bailey. Sindelar has already been approved for a sixth year, but has also already gotten his degree. Should Jack Plummer maintain the starting role Sindelar can transfer elsewhere and play immediately if he wishes. Bailey is out for the season and could apply for a sixth year, but seems to be focused on 2020 Draft prep, so I wouldn’t count on him going forward. Richie Worship could theoretically do the same for a 6th year. All three of these are factors in the extremely tight scholarship situation:

Purdue Football Scholarship Grid

Player Position ('21-'22) ('22-'23) ('23-'24) ('24-'25) ('25-'26)
Player Position ('21-'22) ('22-'23) ('23-'24) ('24-'25) ('25-'26)
Tyler Coyle S FREE YEAR
Greg Long OL FREE YEAR
J.D. Dellinger K FREE YEAR
Anthony Watts DT FREE YEAR
Simeon Smiley CB FREE YEAR
Semisi Fakasiieiki DE FREE YEAR
Jackson Anthrop WR FREE YEAR
Brennan Thieneman S FREE YEAR
Tyler Witt OL Grad Transfer Grad Transfer
Alexander Horvath RB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Robert McWilliams LB/DE Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Dedrick Mackey DB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Mark Stickford OL Junior (RS) Senior (5)
DJ Washington OL Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Aidan O'Connell QB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Austin Burton QB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jaylan Alexander LB Junior Senior
DaMarcus Mitchell LB Junior Senior
Jeff Marks DT Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jack Plummer QB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Elijah Ball DB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Kadin Smith DB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jack Cravaack DE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Eric Miller OT Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Lawrence Johnson DT Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Will Bramel OL Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jimmy McKenna OL Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
K.J. Stokes DE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Branson Deen DE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jack Sullivan DE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Cory Trice DB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Kory Taylor WR Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Payne Durham TE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
DJ Johnson CB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
George Karlaftis DE Sophomore Junior Senior
Brooks Cormier P Sophomore Junior Senior
Cam Allen CB Sophomore Junior Senior
King Doerue RB Sophomore Junior Senior
Milton Wright WR Sophomore Junior Senior
Jalen Graham DB Sophomore Junior Senior
David Bell WR Sophomore Junior Senior
TJ Sheffield WR Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Marvin Grant DB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Da'Joun Hewitt RB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Mershawn Rice ATH Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Cam Craig OL Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Paul Piferi QB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Kyle Bilodeau TE Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Dave Monnot III OL Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Spencer Holstege OL Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Dontay Hunter DE Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Nyles Beverly CB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Khali Saunders LB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Garrett Miller TE Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Sulaiman Kpaka DL Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Steven Faucheux DT Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Kyle Jornigan OL Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jacob Wahlberg LB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Chase Triplett LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Gus Hartwig OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jared Bycznski OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Ben Kreul LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Michael Alaimo QB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Tirek Murphy RB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Josh Kaltenberger OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Collin Sullivan WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Antonio Stevens DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Kydran Jenkins LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Sanoussi Kane DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Clyde Washington LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Greg Hudgins DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Marcellus Moore WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Nalin Fox OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Maliq Carr WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Bryce Austin DT Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Anthony Romphf DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Ryan Brandt LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jaelin Alstott-VanDeVanter OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Preston Terrell WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Tristan Cox LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Rickey Smith ATH Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Brandon Calloway DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Zach Richards OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Khordae Sydnor DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Deion Burks WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Mahamane Moussa OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Ja'Quez Cross ATH Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Drew Biber TE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jah'Von Grigsby DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Yanni Karlaftis LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Marcus Mbow OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Brady Allen QB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Dominack Moon LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Yearly Limit Used (25 Max)
Total Scholarships Left 1 -1 9 32 83
Total Scholarships Used 84 86 76 53 2

In the extremely unlikely scenario where Criddle, Sindelar, Worship, Bailey, and Neal all return for their respective 5th or 6th years Purdue would right now be 6 over the limit. That seems very, very unlikely, especially when Purdue is still out recruiting for 2020. Nalin Fox’s commitment this past weekend gives us a 19 man incoming class counting greyshirt Chase Triplett. That also has us close to the 25 man single-year limit.

It does seem that there is some wiggle room if Brohm is still recruiting, so that means departures and transfers. I’m not going to speculate on who that would be, but I am sure everyone has ideas.

Will we see any other freshmen play? Mershawn Rice has been mentioned as a possibility., Cam Craig is currently on the depth chart, but has not played. Garrett Miller has been mentioned as a possibility, but has not played yet. The same with Kyle Bilodeau. It likely all depends on how the next two games go. After Illinois, the rest of the true freshmen can play without redshirt consequences, so we could see even more later on.