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  Purdue defensive lineman/nose tackle Damarjhe Lewis, a key piece to the defensive line, was carted off after a severe ankle injury during a period that featured the No. 1 defense going against the scout team. An ambulance was waiting for Lewis outside the complex. That's never a good sign. Lewis is scheduled to undergo surgery next week and is expected to miss the season. Earlier this week. assistant coach Mark Hagen said Lewis was showing improvement and is a "better nose (tackle) for us than 3-technique." Minutes before the injury, Lewis had made a stop near the goal line, corralling running back Dylan Downing. The good news is the Boilermakers have depth on the defensive line, but the concerning news is Lewis, a transfer from Indiana before last season, had developed into a reliable contributor and replacing that game experience won't be easy. Purdue has already lost backup tight end Garrett Miller to a season-ending knee injury. - Indianapolis Star/News

rSo/2025 DT Damarjhe LewisPurdue
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  Backup Purdue tight end Garrett Miller is done for the season after suffering a knee injury in Monday's practice, the Journal and & Courier has learned. Didn't see the injury, only Miller laying on the ground. He was helped up and placed on the medical cart and taken inside the facility. Payne Durham remains No. 1 but Paul Piferi now moves to the No. 2 position. - Lafayette Journal & Courier

rJr/2024 TE Garrett MillerPurdue
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  Get used to the name Elijah Canion. At least for now. He's a transfer receiver from Auburn that missed spring practice due to an injury. In the first two practices, Canion - who's listed at 6-foot-4 but plays much bigger - has produced several big plays. He made a catch Wednesday in traffic near the sideline and kept both feet in. Impressive. And he kept making plays throughout the two-hour session. "He's a big kid," quarterback Austin Burton said. "He's got good, jumping athletic ability. Pretty interested to see how we use him. Just looking at him, he looks like an athletic freak out there." Granted, it's just two days and the pads aren't even on yet. Let's tap the breaks a little bit. But Canion has left an early impression. Maybe the Florida native puts himself in the rotation throughout the season or maybe he fades away. We'll see. - Indianapolis Star/News

rSo/2025 WR Elijah CanionPurdue
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  Purdue linebacker Yanni Karlaftis sustained a knee injury this summer while working out on his own. It slowed his offseason progress, but the West Lafayette graduate is back to full strength and competing for playing time at the LEO (defensive end/linebacker) position. "He's worked hard, he's put on weight, he's put on strength and this is the best he's looked, and I think he feels that way. He'll be in the mix and be a contributor for many years," Brohm said. - Journal and Courier

rFr/2026 OLB Yanni KarlaftisPurdue
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  Iowa transfer Charlie Jones will help the Boilermakers. A lot. Jones flashed plenty of athletic ability in drills and was involved in the return game. "Charlie can play football," coach Jeff Brohm said. "We're going to use him a lot of different ways on the outside, on the inside and returning kicks. He's got good receiving skills, he can run good routes, and he understands football. He definitely will be a big factor for us." - Journal and Courier

rSr/2023 WR Charlie JonesPurdue
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  Purdue wide receiver Elijah Canion is a transfer receiver from Auburn who missed spring practice due to an injury. In the first two practices, Canion - who's listed at 6-foot-4 but plays much bigger - produced several big plays. He made a catch Wednesday in traffic near the sideline and kept both feet in. Impressive. And he kept making plays throughout the two-hour session. "He's a big kid," quarterback Austin Burton said. "He's got good, jumping athletic ability. Pretty interested to see how we use him. Just looking at him, he looks like an athletic freak out there." - Indianapolis Star-News

rSo/2025 WR Elijah CanionPurdue
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  2022 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF YEAR PLAYER TO WATCH: Aidan O'Connell, QB, senior, Purdue,...O'Connell earned a spot on the watch list after putting together a memorable 2021 campaign. The Purdue signal caller was a Second Team All-Big Ten honoree by the conference coaches and media, the first Purdue quarterback to be named to one of the first two All-Big Ten teams since Kyle Orton in 2004. Despite splitting time at the start of the season, O'Connell threw for 3,712 yards (11th nationally) and 28 touchdowns (17th nationally). He completed 71.8 percent of his passes, setting a new school record for completion percentage and ranking fourth in the country. - Purdue Football

rSr/2023 QB Aidan OConnellPurdue
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  2022 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Charlie Jones, Purdue,...The reigning Rodgers-Dwight Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year, Jones made the move from Iowa to Purdue to provide a spark to the Boilermakers' return game and receiving corps. His 2021 campaign with the Hawkeyes featured 1,251 all-purpose yards, including 920 return yards (635 kick, 285 punt) to rank second in the nation.

In a 33-23 win over Illinois, Jones took a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Along with being named the best returner in the Big Ten, Jones collected first team all-conference honors. Jones caught 21 passes for 323 yards, averaging 15.4 yards per catch last season. Three of those receptions were in the end zone as he led Iowa in touchdown catches. Against Minnesota, Jones went over the century mark with 106 receiving yards to help the Hawkeyes secure the victory. His big game featured a 72-yard touchdown catch in the second half that put Iowa on top for good. - Purdue Football


rSr/2023 WR Charlie JonesPurdue
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  Two of Purdue's top wide receivers in 2022 are former Iowa Hawkeyes - Charlie Jones and Tyrone Tracy Jr. Jones announced his move to Purdue in June, and Tracy transferred in December. Jones, the 2021 Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year, had plenty of opportunities with the Hawkeyes on special teams, but his offensive role was more limited. He had 34 of Iowa receivers' 360 targets in 2021, per Pro Football Focus. Purdue's receivers combined to receive 549 targets. Purdue coach Jeff Brohm: "(Jones) wanted to go somewhere and showcase what he could do at receiver… and get a chance to hopefully maybe play at the next level by catching a lot of balls and being in a passing offense." - The Gazette

rSr/2023 WR Charlie JonesPurdue
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  Purdue wide receiver Tyron Tracy had high expectations heading into 2021 with Iowa and was disappointed after making only 43 receptions. At Purdue coach Jeff Brohm intends to use Tracy's versatility. Brohm said Tracy, an Indianapolis native, has "come in with a great attitude" and has been "outstanding in his preparation" since arriving on campus. "He's going to be a receiver and running back for us," Brohm said. "We're going to figure out ways for him to touch the ball." - The Gazette

rJr/2024 WR Tyrone Tracy Jr.Purdue
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  Purdue's senior outside linebacker Jalen Graham (6-3, 220) is expected to be the Boilermakers' best player on the defense, but he needs to showcase more of his talent. Graham, who also plays safety, nickel and could probably line up off the edge, caused havoc last season and was a disruptive force most of the season. His pick-six against Nebraska is one sample of his play-making skills and he's always swarming to the ball. He can play against power-run teams and also spread offenses. Look for another big season. - Journal and Courier

rJr/2024 OLB Jalen GrahamPurdue
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  David Bell and the 2,946 yards he accrued in three seasons at Purdue are gone. And for the first time since 2018, the Boilermakers do not have a wide receiver on the Biletnikoff Award watch list. But coach Jeff Brohm still likes the receivers surrounding quarterback Aidan O'Connell, who returns for a fourth season in 2022. Broc Thompson, who transferred from Marshall last offseason, caught seven passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns during Purdue's 48-45 win against Tennessee in last year's Music City Bowl. Thompson had surgery this offseason, but Brohm said the receiver is close to returning. - Lincoln Journal Star

rJr/2024 WR Broc ThompsonPurdue
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  2022 PRESEASON LOU GROZA AWARD WATCH LIST: Mitchell Fineran - Purdue, Class: Senior - Hometown: Fort Valley, Georgia,...Purdue's season ended on a high note thanks to Fineran, whose fourth field goal of the Music City Bowl was an overtime winner. It was his third 4-FG game in the team's final five contests, a run that started with his 4-for-4, 16-point performance in the Boilermakers' upset of then-undefeated Michigan State. - Lou Groza Award

rSr/2023 K Mitchell FineranPurdue
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  2022 PRESEASON JOHN MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST: PAYNE DURHAM, PURDUE,...Durham had a breakout year in 2021, hauling in 45 receptions for 467 yards. The Suwanee, Georgia, native found the end zone six times, ranking second on the team in touchdown catches alongside consensus First Team All-American David Bell. Durham produced a pair of 100-yard games, kicking off the season with seven catches for 120 yards in a win over Oregon State. He snagged nine passes for 112 yards against Wisconsin before ending the campaign with 85 receiving yards in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl. In the bowl game victory over Tennessee, Durham's memorable 62-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter featured several broken tackles as one of Purdue's best plays of the year. - Purdue Football

rSr/2023 TE Payne DurhamPurdue
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  07/25/22 - Gus HartwigJr/2024, Purdue + More +

  2022 PRESEASON RIMINGTON TROPHY WATCHLIST: Gus Hartwig, Purdue,...Hartwig has been tabbed Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in both of his seasons as a Boilermaker. The redshirt-sophomore started three of the team's six games in 2020, becoming the first true freshman to start on Purdue's offensive line since 2008. With one year under his belt, Hartwig started all 13 games at center a season ago. The Zionsville, Indiana, native helped the Boilermakers go 9-4 as Purdue became one of the best passing teams in college football. - Purdue Football

Jr/2024 C Gus HartwigPurdue
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