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76 Days to Purdue Football: Mark Stickford

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The junior from Carmel is ready to become a full-time starter.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 09 Purdue at Northwestern Photo by Daniel Bartel/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The offensive line has been much-maligned over the past two seasons as Purdue has plugged in graduate transfers and found stopgap solutions as younger player developed. That devolpment may pay off this year with today’s player.

Mark Stickford - Jr.

Carmel, IN (Carmel HS)

6’5”, 295 pounds

Offensvie Line

2020 Projection: Starter

With Grant Hermanns locking down the left tackle spot we still need to setlle on the other four positions on the line, but Stickford is the favorite to be one of the starting guards. Last season he played in 10 of the 12 games and even made eight starts as the line solidified later in the season. He brings good size and athleticism to the position and has also been twice named as an Academic all-Big Ten selection.

He might be a tad undersized at 295 to play at guard, but he has the height and reach to excel. Brohm also seems to like the more lithe offensive linemen, so Stickford projects well there.