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Purdue Football Player Countdown: #62 Ben Kuhns

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but it is walk-on lineman.

Northwestern v Purdue Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

It is always interesting to see the home towns of walk-ons because they usually represent a great cross-section of Indiana. That is what we see today.

Ben Kuhns - Fr. (RS)

Pendleton, IN (Pendleton Heights HS)

6’4”, 295 pounds

Offensive Line

2020 Projection: Reserve at Offensive Line

Kuhns has already used his redshirt according to the official Purdue website. That means he was a senior in 2018 when Pendleton Heights went 7-3 with a sectional loss to Marion. There is no shame in the two regular season losses, either, as Most Vernon is a strong medium school program and New Palestine was basically a Death Star before this season, having nary a regular season loss since 2012 until they lost to Mount Vernon a few weeks ago.

Kuhns was solid though, and even played in the North-South Indiana All-Star game:

Getting the start at left tackle, Kuhns put in good work for the South team and nearly helped them to their first win over the North in five years.

Putting in reps with the first team, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Kuhns pushed bodies around and paved the way for the South skill players. He was on the field when the South tried to mount a last-ditch effort to pull off the win.

Unlike Conkling, Kuhns will not be playing football next year and will be heading to Purdue University in the fall.