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12 Days to Purdue Football: Jared Sparks and Dontay Hunter II

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We finish the weekend with another double player day.

Illinois v Purdue

As we get closer to football season we’re going to have a lot more double player days, and that includes today.

Jared Sparks - Jr.

Geismar, LA (Dutchtown HS)

6’1”, 210 pounds

Wide Receiver

2019 Projection: Contributor at Wide Receiver

Sparks has been a true boilermaker over the past three years. He came in originally as a quarterback, but has since converted to wide receiver. With two years of eligibility left he is now kind of the elder statesman of the receiver’s room along with Jackson Anthrop. He has earned his playing time, but he also has a wealth of talented freshmen around him.

Sparks has 47 receptions for 496 yards in his career to go with 135 yards rushing when he has lined up as a quarterback. He has had the worst luck when it comes to catching TD passes too. He has had a few drops and the potential game-winner last year against Missouri was overturned on a questionable review. He has at least thrown a touchdown pass, as that came against Illinois last year on a trick play to David Blough.

Sparks is going to be a solid contributor once again this year. He stands a great chance of being the starter as long as he can hold off the freshmen.

Donate Hunter II - Fr.

Westerville, OH (Westerville Central HS)

6’4”, 260 pounds

Defensive End

2019 Projection: Possible Contributor at Defensive End

Much of the attention of the freshmen on the defensive line is naturally directed at George Karlaftis, and rightfully so, but Hunter is another promising defensive end that could see the field this year as a true freshman. He had 113 tackles and 13 sacks last year in his final year of high school. This was after a 45 tackle, 6 sack junior season.

Hunter was a disruptive force last year, and he can be again this year. With Karlaftis on one side Hunter can clean things up on the other end.