Yesterday we featured Purdue’s most experience returning offensive lineman. Today we feature the other player that returns with a wealth of starting experience.
Grant Hermanns - Jr.
Albuquerque, NM (Rio Rancho HS)
6’7”, 290 pounds
2019 Projection: Starter at Offensive Tackle
The most important position on the offensive line is the left tackle, as they are called to protect a quarterback’s blind side. Hermanns has been solid in that spot for two years when healthy. As a redshirt freshman in 2017 he started the first six games of the season before tearing his ACL. Last season he started nine of 13 games, but was once against sidelined with an injury. When healthy, Hermanns is the type of tall, lean offensive lineman that coach Brohm desires.
Hermanns is a well-rounded athlete, too. In addition to being a state champion in football in New Mexico he was also a state champion in wrestling. He was named an Academic All-American in high school and as far back as 2013 he was winning academic awards such as first place in chemistry/biochemistry at the RRHS Research Expo. He has twice been named Academic all-Big Ten at Purdue.