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14 Days to Purdue Football: Danny Carollo

The walk-on QB is a valuable practice team player.

1967 Rose Bowl: Purdue Boilermakers v USC Trojans
Not Carollo related, but this was just a cool photo.
Photo by Collegiate Images via Getty Images

It is always fun to learn about Purdue quarterbacks, so let’s see another one.

Danny Carollo - Jr.

Lake Forest, IL (Lake Forest HS)

6’1”, 210 pounds


2019 Projection: Deep Reserve at Quarterback

I’ll be honest: It is probably going to take an absolute disaster or an unmerciful blowout for Carollo to see the field this year. He is likely at least 5th on the depth chart behind Elijah Sindelar, Jack Plummer, Aidan O’Connell, and Nick Sipe. Depending on if we wanted to burn a redshirt or not he is probably behind Paul Piferi, too. Still, it is a situation that has happened before. I remember in 2008 at Michigan State both Curtis Painter and Joey Elliott were out with injuries and Justin Miller started, only to be briefly knocked out of the game. That brought in walk-on Chris Bennett for a few plays. The same happened in 2011 against Indiana when Aaron Banks had to play briefly.

Carollo has been around the program for a few years, however, so he would at least know the offense. He has been Academic all-Big Ten twice in the past three years with the program too. At Lake Forest HS he also played basketball, but a thumb injury cost him most of his last two seasons total. Lake Forest went 27-3 his junior season, including a win over Evanston when Nojel Eastern was there.