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59 Days Until Purdue Football: KJ Stokes

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Will the third year defensive lineman see the field in the new 3-4 defense?

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Name: KJ Stokes

Position & Size: 6-3, 275 Pounds

Hometown: Millbrook, Alabama

2019 Outcome: Did not play, Academic All Big Ten

2020 Prediction: Reserve on Defensive Line

With the transition to the new 3-4 defense under Diaco, everyone will have an opportunity to see the field. Stokes, going into his 3rd season, will have a chance as he is now considered a veteran.

But, in two years at Purdue, he has yet to record any stats. KJ has gained quite a bit of muscle weight since coming to West Lafayette, putting on nearly 40 pounds of weight.

In the new 3-4 Defense, he is an ideal size for the “anchor” defensive end, while is the one you depend on a bit more for run support. I would have said in last year’s defensive scheme he was headed more towards being an interior DL.

Best of luck in 2020, KJ!