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56 Days to Purdue Football: Viktor Beach

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Today we feature a likely first time.

NCAA Football: Northwestern at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

The graduation of Kirk Barron means we need a new starter at center, and that is likely today’s player.

Viktor Beach - So.

Fort Myers, FL (Bishop Verot HS)

6’4”, 305 pounds

Offensive Line

2019 Projection: Starter at center

The last two years for Beach are have been a virtual internship behind long time starter Kirk Barron. Beach redshirted in 2017 and was a backup appearing in six games in 2018. With Barron gone, however, it is time for him to move into the starter’s role in 2019.

In high school he was a four-year starter for his school and he was also selected to play for Team USA football in the North American championship. In the spring this year he was hung up with a bulging disc in his back, so he needs to overcome that to start in the fall:

He’s still not 100 percent but at least Beach was able to practice in full pads and play the role he should play when training camp starts. Spring practice was a chance to build chemistry with Elijah Sindelar, the team’s starting quarterback, and work on those exchanges.

But that’s what the two did last season on the scout team.

“When I wasn’t able to play, and I was taking second-team reps, Viktor and I got all the chemistry we needed,” Sindelar said. “I have all the confidence in the world in him. He’ll be back, and we’ll get it in the summer.”