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96 Days to Purdue Football: Hunter MacDonald

Backup longsnappers need love too.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 31 Purdue at Illinois Photo by James Black/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

While today’s player has changed to 96 for the 2021 season, he is likely waiting another year to see the field.

Hunter MacDonald - So.

Crown Point, IN (Crown Point HS)

6’2”, 235 pounds

Long Snapper

2021 Projection: Reserve at long snapper

MacDonald was a highly touted long snapper out of high school. MacDonald stood out in this field, as he got the Top Prospect Award from the Ray Guy pro site and was a top rated project from Kornblue Kicking:

“Because other guys were more gifted, I’ve always worked harder, so I could compete,” MacDonald said. “Not getting a lot of reps my sophomore and junior years (at Crown Point) caused me to work even harder. I want to be the best I can be to help my team win.”

MacDonald only started during his senior season last year at Crown Point, as he was behind Jake Yelich, who committed to Alabama as a long snapper and eventually moved to Tennessee.

Since arriving at Purdue has been on the bench, as UConn transfer Nick Zecchino won the job. Last season was projected to be the final one for Zecchino, but he will return for 2021 as a super senior and, if he is on scholarship, it will not count against the limit since he was slated to be a senior last year.

That means another year of waiting for MacDonald, but his time will come.