The defensive line is often a spot where you can never have enough depth. Ideally, you have guys who rotate in to keep each other fresh, After Lorenzo Neal departed this past season Purdue has a big hole to fill, but today we see a transfer from South Carolina that is vying for one of those rotation spots.
Joe Anderson - So.
Murfreesboro, TN (Oakland HS)
6’4”, 275 pounds
2021 Projection: Potential Starter
Anderson played sparingly in his two seasons at South Carolina. As a true freshman in 2019 he got into one game and got a tackle. Last season he saw action four games and got four tackles. He comes from a solid background though. In his final year of high school he had 60 tackles, 16 for loss, and three sacks as his team won the Tennessee Class 6A state championship at 14-1.
That led to him being a very highly rated recruit. He was a 4-star by Rivals and the No. 102 player nationally. ESPN also had him int heir top 300. With him, Purdue has three four-star defensive ends, as Greg Hudgins III was a 4-star according to Rivals along with George Karlaftis.
Anderson, Hudgins, and Karlaftis will be absolutely critical to Purdue’s 2021 success because we desperately need a pass rush. Last year’s defense completely collapsed once Karlaftis was hampered by injury and COVID< so Anderson seems to be a key part in fixing things.