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Purdue Football Player Countdown: #23 Cory Trice

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The sophomore had some pretty big highlights as a redshirt freshman in 2019.

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Defensive touchdowns have been rare for Purdue of late. The Boilers had one last year, and it seems like they have had only one per season since Ricardo Allen left. Today we feature the player that took one back.

Cory Trice - So.

Hopkinsville, KY (Christian County HS)

6’3”, 210

Safety

2020 Projection; Starter at Safety

Trice has been part of the program for two seasons already. In 2018 he played in three games as a true freshman, notching a single tackle. He was able to hold on to his redshirt though, and it paid off. Last season he played in 11 games and ended up starting five of them. He finished with 35 tackles and led the team with three interceptions. he was also an Academic All-Big Ten selection. One of those picks was the defensive highlight of the year, as he picked of Tyrrell Pigrome against Maryland and returned it 37 yards for a score just before halftime.

That gave Purdue a 30-14 halftime lead on homecoming and the Boilers never looked back.

Trice is used to scoring in unconventional ways in high school he returned a kickoff and three punts for scores during his final season. He should be a reliable for years to come whenever football returns.