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Countdown to Purdue Football: #54 Ben Kreul

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The freshman linebacker may see playing time in the new 3-4.

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With Purdue’s new defensive alignment the 3-4 means we need more from linebackers. That means some incoming freshmen have a chance of seeing the field earlier, like today’s player.

Ben Kreul - Fr.

Waukesha, WI (Catholic Memorial HS)

6’3”, 235 pounds

Linebacker

2020 Projection: Possible contributor at linebacker

Kreul comes from a really good program in Wisconsin. in his final two years of high school his school won the Wisconsin Division 4 state championship, going a combined 23-3. That was enough for him to be named an All-Wisconsin player and a three-star linebacker by the recruiting services. He even spoke with BTN on signing day:

Kreul brings excellent size to the position and should be able to be a solid reserve if needed. Here is his junior year highlight film:

Drew also wrote about him in January 2019:

In the run game, he flows sideline to side. He can get to the edge and blow up a play without getting caught up in the wash. He appears to have solid play recognition skills and can slash into the backfield and make a tackle for loss when he sees the opportunity. He has a solid motor and keeps himself active in plays.

In the pass game he makes solid drops and has excellent hands for a linebacker (he also moonlights as a tight end, as you will see in his video). It’s one thing to be in position to make and interception, it’s another thing entirely to actually catch the ball. That’s why I think the Bailey comparison (a 2 way player in high school also) is solid. Purdue zones up their middle linebacker quite a bit, and Kreul’s ability to read the quarterback and break on passes is excellent.