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51 Days to Purdue Football: Chase Triplett

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The redshirt freshman from Michigan City was a greyshirt before last year.

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Today’s player was the first verbal commit in the 2019 class, but thanks to the greyshirt rule he is entering just his second year in the program.

Chase Triplett - Fr. (RS)

Michigan City, IN (Michigan City HS)

6’3”, 250 pounds

Linebacker

2021 Projection: Reserve

First, an explanation of the greyshirt rule. it is basically a way to delay one’s eligibility clock and it can only really be done for football since that sport is a first semester sport. Essentially, a greyshirted player comes to campus and pays their own way for a semester before going on scholarship in the second semester. He cannot practice with the team, but once he is on scholarship starting in the spring he counts toward the next year’s 25 new player limit and can be a redshirt freshman the following fall.

That is the case for Triplett, who helped his high school have their biggest run of success in school history. Michigan City had never won a sectional before his junior season, but he helped them win both a sectional and regional in his final two years before they were eliminated in the semi-state by Kokomo and New Palestine, respectively.

Given two years to prepare post-high school makes him an interesting player this season, and he should have a chance to see the field.