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42 Days to Purdue Football: David Day

The senior walk-on from Indianapolis has been a practice contributor for a while.

NCAA FOOTBALL: SEP 06 Central Michigan at Purdue Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images

Senior walk-ons are an exceptional breed. They have toiled behind the scenes for little glory for 4-5 years, just like today’s player.

David Day - Sr.

Indianapolis, IN (North Central HS)

5’10”, 190 pounds

Defensive Back

2019 Projection: Deep reserve at Defensive Back

Day has been part of the program since 2016, but according to his Purdue bio, he has only played in one game. He played briefly in the loss to Nebraska in 2017. He has still been a strong contributor in practice.

Off the field Day has been involved with Purdue Student Government as a cabinet member, likely because former teammate Aaron Banks was the President. This included a minor hit-and-run accident last fall according to the Exponent. He has also been an Academic All-Big Ten selection for the past two seasons.

He is a successful student at Krannert according to his bio there:

Being a student-athlete requires an extensive amount of planning, prioritizing, and discipline. During the season, I spend 40+ hours a week with football activities. I have workouts, film meetings, playbook meetings, practice, and traveling. I must plan each week out all the way to the minute to ensure I am maximizing my study time. Time management is a skill that people often overlook. It is crucial that when I set aside time to study, I concentrate so that I may be efficient. I do not have the luxury of studying as much as my peers do, so I must study for quality opposed to quantity. I must get ahead in my classes, with any excess free time that I have. I try to limit as many distractions as possible during the week while still maintaining my social life on the weekends. Lastly, I rely heavily on my BOP community to keep me up-to-date and encouraged whenever I feel overly stressed.