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Purdue Football Scholarship Grid: December 29

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So how are we looking on the scholarship front?

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It has been a long time since I have posted our football scholarship grid, but there are a lot of questions about it going forward. The COVID free year is going to have an effect on it for some time, as only 2020 seniors get a free year that will not count against the 2021 season limits. Everyone else, at least as far as I can interpret, gets a free year, but starting in 2022 we’re back at an 85 limit. With that in mind, here is where we stand:

Purdue Football Scholarship Grid

Player Position ('21-'22) ('22-'23) ('23-'24) ('24-'25) ('25-'26)
Player Position ('21-'22) ('22-'23) ('23-'24) ('24-'25) ('25-'26)
Tyler Coyle S FREE YEAR
Greg Long OL FREE YEAR
J.D. Dellinger K FREE YEAR
Anthony Watts DT FREE YEAR
Simeon Smiley CB FREE YEAR
Semisi Fakasiieiki DE FREE YEAR
Jackson Anthrop WR FREE YEAR
Brennan Thieneman S FREE YEAR
Tyler Witt OL Grad Transfer Grad Transfer
Alexander Horvath RB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Robert McWilliams LB/DE Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Dedrick Mackey DB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Mark Stickford OL Junior (RS) Senior (5)
DJ Washington OL Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Aidan O'Connell QB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Austin Burton QB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jaylan Alexander LB Junior Senior
DaMarcus Mitchell LB Junior Senior
Jeff Marks DT Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jack Plummer QB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Elijah Ball DB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Kadin Smith DB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jack Cravaack DE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Eric Miller OT Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Lawrence Johnson DT Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Will Bramel OL Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jimmy McKenna OL Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
K.J. Stokes DE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Branson Deen DE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jack Sullivan DE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Cory Trice DB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Kory Taylor WR Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Payne Durham TE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
DJ Johnson CB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
George Karlaftis DE Sophomore Junior Senior
Brooks Cormier P Sophomore Junior Senior
Cam Allen CB Sophomore Junior Senior
King Doerue RB Sophomore Junior Senior
Milton Wright WR Sophomore Junior Senior
Jalen Graham DB Sophomore Junior Senior
David Bell WR Sophomore Junior Senior
TJ Sheffield WR Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Marvin Grant DB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Da'Joun Hewitt RB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Mershawn Rice ATH Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Cam Craig OL Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Paul Piferi QB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Kyle Bilodeau TE Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Dave Monnot III OL Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Spencer Holstege OL Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Dontay Hunter DE Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Nyles Beverly CB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Khali Saunders LB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Garrett Miller TE Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Sulaiman Kpaka DL Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Steven Faucheux DT Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Kyle Jornigan OL Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jacob Wahlberg LB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Chase Triplett LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Gus Hartwig OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jared Bycznski OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Ben Kreul LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Michael Alaimo QB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Tirek Murphy RB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Josh Kaltenberger OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Collin Sullivan WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Antonio Stevens DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Kydran Jenkins LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Sanoussi Kane DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Clyde Washington LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Greg Hudgins DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Marcellus Moore WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Nalin Fox OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Maliq Carr WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Bryce Austin DT Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Anthony Romphf DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Ryan Brandt LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jaelin Alstott-VanDeVanter OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Preston Terrell WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Tristan Cox LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Rickey Smith ATH Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Brandon Calloway DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Zach Richards OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Khordae Sydnor DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Deion Burks WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Mahamane Moussa OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Ja'Quez Cross ATH Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Drew Biber TE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jah'Von Grigsby DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Yanni Karlaftis LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Marcus Mbow OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Brady Allen QB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Dominack Moon LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Yearly Limit Used (25 Max)
Total Scholarships Left 1 -1 9 32 83
Total Scholarships Used 84 86 76 53 2

Again, any senior that was on scholarship this past season and in their final year of eligibility has the option of returning and being on scholarship without counting against the 85 limit for 2021. Therefore, I am not counting them as part of the 84 we have for 2021 and they are denoted as “FREE YEAR”. I believe this also counts for Tyler Witt, who potentially could play in 2021 AND 2022 since he played this past year and could still have his later free year. Since he was not a senior on Western Kentucky’s roster in his last year of eligibility he came in with one year left, plus his free year. That means who should have our 84th scholarship in 2021.

Of the eight seniors I have as possible returnees we’re almost certainly going to lose a few. I already removed Lorenzo Neal and Derrick Barnes because they are very likely off to the NFL. J.D. Dellinger was listed as “unlikely” to return from GBI, but I will hold out hope for now. Simeon Smiley and Anthony Watts have a good chance of leaving too, so we will see.

Also removed from he previous list were underclassmen Geovante Howard (transfer portal), Amad Anderson Jr. (transfer portal), and Rondale Moore (off to the NFL).

Where we need to keep an eye out is the 2022 season. There will be a crunch there. remember, the bizarre 2020 six game half season does not count against anyone’s eligibility, but there will be no over-the-limit waiver beyond 2021 at least for now. Assuming everyone returns to use their full remaining eligibility we’re currently over the limit even with only two 2021 commitments. Obviously, that won’t be the case as there is always attrition, but it gives you an idea of where we are overall.

The 2021 would-have-been-seniors-but-are-now-juniors show that the 2021 recruiting class was already going to be incredibly small, as there are just 10 scholarship juniors who would have been seniors entering next season. By comparison, there are a whopping 51 freshmen: 2018 class redshirt guys who are technically entering their third year now, 2019 class true freshmen and 2020 class true freshmen. Yes, true freshmen this year that played like Gus Hartwig, Maliq Carr, and Sanoussi Kane are still considered true freshmen in 2021.

Essentially, Purdue will continue to be an extremely young team in 2021 in terms of eligibility, but with a bunch “redshirt freshmen” in their third year in the program it will be in a spot where young guys have experience. By 2022 there will be attrition in the form of transfers, guys who are just done with football, and the NFL for guys like George Karlaftis and David Bell because they can declare for the Draft after the 2021 season.

This is going to be hard to track over the next few years, as technically the “Free COVID year” can have true freshmen from this season now around technically through the 2025 season (2020 free year, 2021 redshirt year, 2022 freshman, 2023 sophomore, 2024 junior, 2025 senior). Purdue will not be the only school dealing with this, as everyone will and the transfer portal will be the wild west for a while. If anything, Purdue’s expected 2021 smaller “senior” (now junior) class could help as it gives younger guys a chance to play early.

You also have the small chance of some real records being challenged. For example: Jack Plummer is still considered a sophomore eligibility-wise, but has over 2,500 yards passing and 19 touchdowns to his credit. If he secures the starting job and stays around for 3 more years he could potentially shatter all of Drew Brees’ records simply out of longevity (i.e., the Curtis Painter rule). This is especially true if we ever get the Brohmfense really up and rolling. This is a guy who completed 71% of his passes over three games this year and had just two interceptions, so you could at least see it.

I hope this clears a few things up.