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Purdue Football Player Countdown: #44 Kydran Jenkins

The true freshman is a big linebacker in the new 3-4.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 12 Maryland at Purdue Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We’re actually less than two weeks from real, live football! Since most of the players being featured are incoming freshmen who did not previously have numbers assigned let’s meet a promising young linebacker.

Kydran Jenkins - Fr.

Lewisville, GA (Jefferson County HS)

6’1”, 255 pounds


2020 projection: possible redshirt

6’1” 255 is really good size for the versatile linebackers needed in the 3-4 defense. He was a consensus 3-star recruit and a solid player out of Georgia. There he started for four seasons at Jefferson County high school and projects mostly as an inside linebacker:

My passion for the game and my work ethic. I am a 3 year starter and earned Defensive MVP and Defensive Captain. I was selected All -Region & All Area 1st team the past two years. Junior Stats: 80 tackles – 5 Sacks – 1 int – 4 forced fumbles – Kick Return TD – Punt Return TD. I also play basketball and soccer for my school. I was selected All Region & All Area 1st Team Goalie.

A linebacker a SOCCER GOALIE? Now that is interesting, as goalies need to be able to range back and forth quickly. Here are his junior football highlights:

Jenkins could see playing time this year as we definitely have some questions at linebacker. If not, he is a great developmental player.