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Redshirt Watch: Purdue Closes Book on 2019

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Who redshirted in 2019?

NCAA Football: Indiana at Purdue Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

The 2019 seaosn is in the books and it was definitely diappointing, but there is a lot of promise for the future. At one point in the season it seemed there would be a virtual bonfire of redshirts, but all-told seven true freshmen ended up playing most or all of the season. A few others played, but did not play in more than 4 games, so they were able to hold on to their redshirt. That has led to the following updated scholarship grid:

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

This is obviously a very fluid situation. Coach Brohm stated last week that just because a player walked for senior day did not mean his was not returning. Markus Bailey is definitely not going for a 6th year, so he is gone. Elijah Sindelar, Alex Criddle, and Lorenzo Neal are the big three at the top here. Sindelar knows he will have a sixth year, but will he return? Criddle technically used his redshirt year in 2017 after playing as a true freshman in 2016, so he has a year left. Neal did not play a single down this year, so this could be his redshirt season and he could return in 2020 if he chose.

There are a few others here, too. Defensive lineman Jeff Marks played significantly as a true freshman in 2018, but only played in two games in 2019, so he basically had this year as his redshirt and can still play three more seasons. Also, Rondale Moore played in exactly four games, so he can officially redshirt now. That is likely academic, as another great year in 2020 likely send him to the NFL, but at least on paper we can dream of three more full seasons of him.

There were some true freshmen that played, but did not play in more than four games. TJ Sheffield and Marvin Grant would have probably played more, but were hurt early before reaching hte mark. Khali Saunders officially played in three games at linebacker, so he redshirted. Da’Joun Hewitt only played in four games, so he got some valuable experience at running back and was even back on kickoffs yesterday. Garrett Miller saw action in four games, and Kyle Bilodeau played a few snaps, but not in more than four games.

A couple of guys had a redshirt available, but just missed being able to use it. A significant one was linebacker Cornel Jones. His loss was big for half the season, but he played in six games. His return in 2020 will be huge. The return of Jones and Neal would be a major boost to the defense. Tario Fuller and Richie Worship could, in theory, apply for a 6th year too, but it seems unlikely.

The biggest thing I see from this is that Purdue will still be very, very young in 2020, so expectations should be tempered. Purdue will only have between 9 and 12 scholarship seniors next season and several (Sindelar, Neal, Sparks, and Jones) missed a lot of time in 2019. The schoalrship junior class is even smaller with just 10 members, a few of which have never logged significant playing time. That’s compared to 29 sophomores eligibility-wise and 38 freshmen (redshirt or true). We also don’t know who else Jeff Brohm is working to bring in. Since he is publically scouring the junior college and grad transfer markets and we are four over the limit per this list, there is almost certainly going to be some attrition.

I do think that the bigger breakthrough year will be 2021, but a lot of freshmen played this year. In addition to 7 true freshmen a lot of redshirt freshmen gained valuable experience and looked promising in the process like Cory Trice, Amad Anderson Jr., Lawrence Johnson, and Payne Durham. 2019 needs to be the nadir, with 6-7 wins (among those, winning back the Cannon and Bucket) next season and a big breakout in 2021.