As if things were not thin enough as it is, Purdue has yet another injury that will limit it going forward:
I’ll be back better than ever https://t.co/SdyBkagVqi— Marvin Grant Jr (@hardbodymarv44) October 3, 2019
Marvin Grant Jr. was the 4-star safety Purdue expected to come in and immediately help the secondary. With him out against Minnesota we saw what can happen over the middle. He was not on the participation list for that game, but he appeared in the first three games of the year. He had two tackles on the year, one each against Vanderbilt and TCU. He was listed as the backup to Jalen Graham on this week’s depth chart at strong safety.
According to Purdue’s season stats he has only played in three games, so the small blessing there is that he will be able to redshirt this season and comeback next year with freshman eligibility. As for who takes his place, that is a very good question. Graham and Navon Mosley have been starting with Brennan Thieneman backing up Mosley. Cory Trice is listed on the roster as a safety, but is listed as the starting cornerback this week. The only other two safeties according to the roster are walk-ons Ashton Nichols and Zane Greene.
Byron Perkins, Tyler Hamilton, or Cam Allen could potentially shift to safety as well, while Simeon Smiley has the most experience since he played safety before becoming the nickel corner.