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  05/30/21 - Broc ThompsonJr/2023, Purdue, 6-1, 188 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Last season, Broc Thompson changed his number at Marshall from 88 to 13 to honor his younger brother, Cade, a young promising receiver who was battling cancer. Broc Thompson is now changing his location to be closer to his family. Thompson announced Saturday he's transferring to Purdue to join coach Jeff Brohm's program. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound receiver from Indianapolis entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal on Friday. As a sophomore for the Thundering Herd, Thompson caught 14 passes for 228 yards last season. For his career, the Ben Davis graduate made 33 catches for 562 yards. He'll bring experience to the Boilermakers' receiving group, which features David Bell, Milton Wright, T.J. Sheffield, Jackson Anthrop and Mershawn Rice. Thompson is the ninth transfer to announce plans to join Purdue's program in the offseason. - Journal and Courier

(DS#999 WR) Jr/2023 WR Broc ThompsonPurdue
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  05/30/21 - Broc ThompsonJr/2023, Purdue, 6-1, 188 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Marshall football lost its second wide receiver in two days to the NCAA transfer portal. On Friday, Thundering Herd sophomore wide receiver Broc Thompson announced his intentions to transfer on social media. "After much consideration, prayer and consultation with my family, I announce with a heavy heart that I will be entering into the transfer portal," Thompson said. "Thank you to all of the coaches, staff, and community of marshall for believing in me! The 75 will live forever in my heart! God Bless." Thompson and his family suffered through the toughest of years in 2020.

After going without football due to COVID-19 until summer conditioning, Thompson finally saw some light at the end of the tunnel as the Herd got back on campus in June in preparation for drills to start later in summer. In mid-July, though, his whole world changed as his little brother, Cade, was diagnosed with cancer. Thompson briefly left the team to be with family before returning for drills in August. When he returned, he donned the No. 13 in honor of Cade, who was a standout young receiver prospect at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. "He's better than I ever could be," Broc beamed of his brother in the 2019 season. - Charleston Gazette


(DS#999 WR) Jr/2023 WR Broc ThompsonPurdue
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  05/07/21 - Mitchell FineranSr/2022, Purdue, 5-09, 183 (DS#999 K) + More +

  Mitchell Fineran's season at Samford ended April 22. Within days, the Georgia native put his name into the NCAA transfer portal "to see what kind of options I was going to get." It didn't take long for Purdue special teams coordinator Marty Biagi to notice Fineran's credentials. The payoff came Tuesday when Fineran announced he's joining coach Jeff Brohm's program as a graduate transfer. With the graduation of J.D. Dellinger, finding a consistent and reliable kicker became a priority during spring practice when the current group struggled. Whether Fineran becomes the No. 1 kicker remains to be seen but his numbers during three seasons at Samford were solid. Fineran converted 43 of 56 field goals (76.7%) and missed two extra points in 130 attempts. - Journal and Courier

(DS#999 K) Sr/2022 K Mitchell FineranPurdue
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  05/03/21 - Damarjhe LewisSo/2024, Purdue, 6-3, 301 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Jeff Brohm has added another transfer to Purdue's program. Damarjhe Lewis, a 6-foot-3, 301-pound defensive lineman, announced Saturday he's joining the Boilermakers. Lewis attended Indiana last season but didn't play as a freshman. Lewis is from Griffin, Georgia, and tweeted he'll play with his cousin - Brandon Calloway - who signed with Purdue. Calloway is also from Griffin and plays cornerback.

Lewis was originally committed to Auburn before switching to Indiana. He had offers from Tennessee, Penn State and Florida State during the recruiting process. He arrived in Bloomington as a mid-year enrollee in 2020. Lewis was recruited to Indiana by current Purdue defensive line coach Mark Hagen. "Big-body guy who moves extremely well," Indiana head coach Tom Allen told the Bloomington Herald-Times in February 2020. "We learned last year with (freshman left tackle) Matt Bedford, when you come in midyear, that increases your chances to be ready to play in the fall. So I think he's a guy who really sticks out to me and our staff, as well." - Journal and Courier


(DS#999 DT) So/2024 DT Damarjhe LewisPurdue
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  05/03/21 - Derrick BarnesSr/2021, Purdue, 6-0, 238 (DS#16 ILB) + More +

  Since Derrick Barnes decided to forego another season at Purdue, his NFL Draft stock has been steadily climbing. That upward movement paid off Saturday as the talented linebacker was a fourth-round selection by the Detroit Lions. Barnes was the 113th selection overall. He'll join former Purdue quarterback David Blough on the Lions' roster. Detroit traded up to pick Barnes, giving the Lions back-to-back selections. With the 112th pick, Detroit selected Southern California receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. Barnes' versatility should lead to a productive NFL career. He started his time with the Boilermakers as a middle linebacker, earning his first start as a freshman against Wisconsin and stud running back Jonathan Taylor. Barnes, though, was moved to a defensive end spot midway through his sophomore season and remained through the 2019 season. - Journal and Courier

(DS#16 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Derrick BarnesPurdue
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  04/24/21 - Damarjhe LewisSo/2024, Purdue, 6-3, 301 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Promising Indiana freshman defensive lineman Demarjhe Lewis announced on social media he's putting his name in the transfer portal. The 6-foot-3, 301-pound Lewis was impressive as an early enrollee in the spring of 2020 as one of the standouts in the first four spring practices. But his development was curtailed when the remainder of spring ball was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lewis did not play as a true freshman during IU's 2020 season but was named scout team player of the week once. He was unable to break into a deep defensive tackle rotation that included All-Big Ten first-team defensive tackle Jerome Johnson, Sio Nofoagatoto'a, Demarcus Elliot and C.J. Person. - Herald Bulletin

(DS#999 DT) So/2024 DT Damarjhe LewisPurdue
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  03/16/21 - Mitchell FineranSr/2022, Purdue, 5-09, 183 (DS#999 K) + More +

  MARCH 15 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mitchell Fineran, Samford, Jr., PK, Fort Valley, Ga.,...Samford placekicker Mitchell Fineran accounted for 13 points in the Bulldogs' 37-31 win over No. 20 Wofford on Saturday, highlighted by a 3-for-3 day in field-goal tries. In addition to going 4-for-4 on point-after attempts, the junior from Fort Valley, Georgia, connected on field goals of 41, 40 and 35 yards. His 41-yarder in the second quarter tied the game at 17, while his second two came in the fourth quarter, putting Samford ahead 37-24. Fineran also handled kickoff duties for the Bulldogs, averaging 54.1 yards with four touchbacks on eight kicks. Other nominees: Ben Steele (The Citadel), Garrett Taylor (ETSU), Timmy Bleekrode (Furman), Jerry Rice (VMI), Paxton Robertson (Western Carolina) and Landon Parker (Wofford). - SoCon Football

(DS#999 K) Sr/2022 K Mitchell FineranPurdue
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  03/14/21 - Jamari BrownrJr/2023, Purdue, 6-0, 201 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Purdue added another piece to its thin secondary Thursday when former Kentucky defensive back Jamari Brown announced he was transferring to Jeff Brohm's program. The 6-foot-3, 201-pound Brown made his announcement on Twitter. Brown is the second defensive back to commit to the Boilermakers as a transfer. C.J. McWilliams, who played at Florida, is scheduled to join the program this summer as a graduate transfer. Overall, Brohm has added five transfers since the end of last season. Three newcomers - offensive lineman Tyler Witt (Western Kentucky), linebacker O.C. Brothers (Auburn) and defensive end Joseph Anderson (South Carolina) - are currently practicing this spring. Brown entered the NCAA transfer portal in February after playing in four games during the 2020 season. The native of Sunrise, Florida was hampered by a hamstring injury throughout the season. - Journal and Courier

(DS#999 CB) rJr/2023 CB Jamari BrownPurdue
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  03/02/21 - Jamari BrownrJr/2023, Purdue, 6-0, 201 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Jamari Brown started three games for the University of Kentucky in 2019, but his next start will be elsewhere. Brown, set to be a junior this fall at UK, has entered the transfer portal. If proposed NCAA legislation that calls for all first-time transfers to have immediate eligibility passes as expected before the next school year begins, Brown would have up to three years of playing eligibility remaining at his next school. Following a redshirt year, Brown started three games and played in 11 for the Wildcats in 2019, recording 25 tackles and seven pass break-ups, second on the team that season. A hamstring injury kept him off the field most of last season. - Herald Leader

(DS#999 CB) rJr/2023 CB Jamari BrownPurdue
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  02/17/21 - C.J. McWilliamsrSr/2022, Purdue, 5-11, 184 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Another transfer is joining Purdue's football program. C.J. McWilliams, who was part of Florida's program for five years, announced he's joining the Boilermakers as a graduate transfer. McWilliams posted his announcement on Instagram. McWilliams played in one game for the Gators in 2020 before opting out due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 5-foot-11, 183-pound McWilliams follows Ron English to Purdue. English is the program's new cornerbacks coach after spending three seasons at Florida. Offensive lineman Tyler Witt (Western Kentucky), linebacker Octavius Brothers (Auburn) and defensive lineman Joseph Anderson (South Carolina) have already joined the program as transfers and are scheduled to participate in spring practice, which begins Friday. McWilliams, who attended Southwest High School in Miami, doesn't bring a lot of experience to Purdue. Along with opting out of the 2020 season after one game, he missed the 2019 season due to a knee injury. - Journal and Courier

(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB C.J. McWilliamsPurdue
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  01/12/21 - Tirek MurphySo/2024, Purdue, 5-09, 215 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Five players on the 2020 roster have entered the NCAA transfer portal since the end of the season. The latest came Sunday night when freshman running back Tirek Murphy announced his plans to transfer. Murphy had opted out prior to the last game against Nebraska. He was arrested in October on a preliminary charge of possession of marijuana. - Journal and Courier

(DS#999 RB) So/2024 RB Tirek MurphyPurdue
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  01/09/21 - Joseph AndersonrSo/2024, Purdue, 6-3, 275 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  For the second time in as many days, Purdue has dipped into the transfer portal and secured a former player from the Southeastern Conference. Former South Carolina defensive lineman Joseph Anderson announced on Twitter he's transferring to join coach Jeff Brohm's program. Johnson entered his name into the portal earlier this week. Anderson played two seasons for South Carolina at strongside defensive end but appears to have the versatility to also play inside. The native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., appeared in one game during the 2019 season. He played in four games during the 2020 season, collecting three tackles. - Journal and Courier

(DS#999 DE) rSo/2024 DE Joseph AndersonPurdue
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  01/08/21 - O.C. BrothersrSo/2024, Purdue, 6-1, 236 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  Former Auburn linebacker O.C. Brothers is headed to the Big Ten. Brothers, who entered the transfer portal Dec. 8, announced Thursday that he has committed to Purdue. The redshirt freshman should have four years of eligibility remaining, thanks to the NCAA not counting 2020 against any player's eligibility. A former three-star prospect out of Rockledge, Fla., Brothers signed with Auburn as part of its 2019 recruiting class. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 ILB) rSo/2024 ILB O.C. BrothersPurdue
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  12/28/20 - Tyler WittrSr/2022, Purdue, 6-2, 305 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  The process of adding new faces to Purdue's football program began Sunday. Western Kentucky offensive lineman Tyler Witt announced he'll play his final season of eligibility with the Boilermakers. The Hilltoppers finished their season Saturday with a loss to Georgia State in the LendingTree.com Bowl. Witt, who entered the transfer portal earlier this month, did play in the bowl game. It was his 43rd start - and 50th career game - for the Hilltoppers, including 12 at left guard this season. He's coming to Purdue as a graduate transfer. The 6-foot-2, 305-pound Witt was recruited by Purdue coach Jeff Brohm, whose final season at Western Kentucky was in 2016. Witt, who attended Joliet Catholic High School in Illinois, redshirted that season. - Journal and Courier

(DS#999 OG) rSr/2022 OG Tyler WittPurdue
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  12/17/20 - George KarlaftisJr/2023, Purdue, 6-4, 270 (DS#4 DE) + More +

  2020 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL George Karlaftis, Purdue,...Despite playing in merely half of Purdue's games in 2020, Karlfatis led Purdue with 2.0 sacks and four total tackles on the year. The second-year Boilermaker has 9.5 sacks in his career, 1.5 away from breaking into the top 20 at Purdue, and 19.0 career tackles for loss. - Purdue Football

(DS#4 DE) Jr/2023 DE George KarlaftisPurdue
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