Last season Purdue struggled somewhat in the punting game. Zac Collins, brooks Cormier, and Danny Corollo all took several turns at punting and only Cormier averaged better than 40 yards per kick. Only 15 of 66 punts as a team were downed inside the 20. Does that open the door for today’s new walk-on?
Brendan Cropsey - Fr.
Saline, MI (Saline HS)
6’, 190 pounds
2020 Projection: Reserve at punter
It seems likely that Cormier will be given the first crack at punting again, as he is the one guy on scholarship. Cropsey might get a look, however. He comes to Purdue as a preferred walk-on and was solid last year for his school near Ann Arbor:
During his final season with the Hornets, Cropsey transformed himself into of the top punters and kickers in the Ann Arbor area and the state.
He was all-Southeastern Conference Red as a kicker and punter in 2019. He made four field goals of 40 or more yards, hit 52-of-55 extra points and had four punts land inside the 20-yard line.
That production, along with a solid academic foundation and being accepted into the engineering program at Purdue, helped Cropsey earn a spot at the highest level of collegiate football.
Purdue lists him solely as a punter, so that is where he will most likely play. Plus, he is getting a great education in engineering. Let’s hope we don’t need him, or any punter, that much because the offense is cooking.