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33 Days to Purdue Football: Jackson Anthrop

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Purdue athletics is required by law to have an Anthrop at all times.

Ohio State v Purdue

Anthrops and Purdue just go together.

Jackson Anthrop - Jr.

West Lafayette, IN (Central Catholic HS)

5’11’, 185 pounds

Wide Receiver

2019 Projection: Contributor at Wide Receiver

What are we going to do in 2021 when we run out of Anthrops? Dru Anthrop was a walk-on and contributor for the men’s basketball team for four years. Danny Anthrop had a great four years during the late Danny Hope/early Darrell Hazell years. Now we have the youngest Anthrop brother. Jackson redshirted in 2016 and had a breakout season in 2017 with 47 receptions for 423 yards and 5 touchdowns. He got it going right away with seven catches for 82 yards and two scores in his first collegiate game against Louisville in the 2017 season opener. He also rushed for 17 yards on the season and had a pair of rushing TDs against Indiana.

His numbers that year made him Purdue’s top receiver statistically, but he was a slot receiver when that Rondale Moore guy showed up. His numbers dropped off dramatically, as he caught only 8 passes for 54 yards last season, but he had a big catch and run to set up a touchdown in the upset of Ohio State.

All of this comes after a high school career where he put up gigantic numbers. In his senior year alone he rushed for 2,247 yards and 55 touchdowns. He finished with 105 touchdowns in his four year high school career. His 2015 high school season is the 6th best in state history with 334 points scored (he must have had two two-point conversions). He scored 640 points total in his high school career, 15th in state history, but he is six points behind big brother Danny. His 2015 season was 26 points short of Markell Jones’ 2014 season in scoring.