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Purdue Picks Up Transfer Zac Tuinei

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The LB/S from Noblesville is coming home

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After days of several players leaving via the transfer portal Purdue has added a player in Arkansas State Safety/linebacker Zac Tuinei according to his personal Twitter:

Tuinei was a true freshman this past season that did not play according to his Arkansas State bio. He played in high school at Noblesville, however, where he was a four year player for both football and baseball. He is listed as a 6’1”, 225 pounds safety/linebacker hybrid.

In baseball he was one of the top prospects in the state of Indiana, so Greg Goff could always give him a call to come play at Alexander Field, especially if he is already on a football scholarship. Since Tuinei was only a freshman this past season he would have to sit out the 2020 season and would have three years of eligibility starting in 2021 unless he receives a waiver. Purdue did give him a look out of high school, too, so they are somewhat familiar with him.

UPDATE: Zac is the younger brother of former Oregon star Lavasier Tuinei, who had 108 receptions for 1,212 yards and 12 touchdowns and was the offensive Player of the Game in the 2012 Rose Bowl. The elder Tuinei played against Purdue in 2008 and 2009 and later bounced around a few NFL training camps. Their father, Van Tuinei, played in the NFL from 1997-2000.