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66 Days to Purdue Football: Alex Criddle

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The senior is moving to the other side of the ball his year.

NCAA Football: Purdue at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Position switches in the final season of a career are rare, but they happen. In 2013 Rob Henry started the season as the starting quarterback and finished as the starting safety. This year we have a position switch for a four year player that is not quite as drastic.

Alex Criddle - Sr.

Broken Arrow, OK (Thomas Edison Preparatory High School)

6’3”, 305 pounds

Offensive Line

2019 Projection: Contributor on the Offensive line

Criddle is in an interesting spot right now. Technically, he has not used his redshirt yet, so he could still return next year if he plays in fewer than four games next season. He also did not play in 2017 at all, so that also has the door open for next year.

It likely all depends on how he handles his position switch. He played in six games and had one tackle as a defensive tackle in 2016 as a true freshman. He then saw action in eight games last season, also at defensive tackle. He finished the year with five tackles and an Academic All-Big Ten recognition.

Due to a need, however, he has switched sides and is currently practicing at offensive guard. He has the size for it, and it might be more of a natural fit for him. He is definitely in the mix to start there as both spots are wide open.