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67 Days to Purdue Football: Gus German

The walk-on is a project lineman.

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Townie walk-ons are the best, and that is what we have in today’s player.

Gus German - Fr. (RS)

Lafayette, IN (Central Catholic HS)

6’7”, 310 pounds

Offensive Line

2021 Projection: Reserve

The plus side is that German has excellent size to be an offensive tackle. He also comes from a good program, as he helped Central Catholic win a Class A state title in high school.

The downside is that he is extremely raw. As in, he only played football one year in high school because he was more of a basketball player:

The son of two Air Force graduates, German has spent parts of his life in Oklahoma, Alaska, North Carolina, Texas and Colorado before he arrived in Lafayette last year and went to McCutcheon, where he played basketball for the Mavericks.

It was that last stop in Colorado that put the football bug in German.

He received strength and conditioning training from Chris Knott, a former Purdue baseball player who’d since worked with elite-level athletes, including Denver Broncos players.

German brushed shoulders with star linebacker Von Miller. Knott introduced him to former defensive tackle Antwon Burton. German went head to head for a few reps with current Rams defensive end Morgan Fox, who played college football at Division II powerhouse Colorado State-Pueblo.

It is going to take some time for him to see the field, if he ever does, but the benefit of his size is a great start.