Purdue Boilermakers College Football Preview 2021: Top Players
Best Purdue Boilermakers Offensive Player
WR David Bell, Jr.
Rondale Moore might have been the big-name target over the last few seasons, but the 6-2, 205-pound Bell has been the team’s best receiver. He’s got the size, the deep speed, and the all-star talent in the classroom as well as on the field.
In just six games he caught 53 passes for 625 yards and eight scores – crushing Iowa for 13 catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns in the opener – after coming up with a team-high 86 grabs for 1,035 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman.
2. QB Aidan O’Connell, Sr.
3. QB Jack Plummer, Jr.
4. OT Greg Long, Sr.
5. C Gus Hartwig, Soph.
Best Purdue Boilermakers Defensive Player
DE George Karlaftis, Jr.
The 6-4, 275-pound pass rusher is what the NFL is looking for. He’s got a great motor, a quick burst, and the size to work in just about any scheme. As long as he can stay healthy, he’ll once again be an all-star difference-maker whose back after a rough year.
He only made four tackles with two sacks in his limited time last year, but Covid issues and getting banged up only let him work in two games. Expect him to be more like his 54 tackle, 7.5 sack, 17.5 tackle for loss freshman season.
2. LB Jaylan Alexander, Sr.
3. LB/DE DaMarcus Mitchell, Sr.
4. S Cam Allen, Jr.
5. CB Cory Trice, Jr.
Top Incoming Purdue Boilermakers Transfer
OG Tyler Witt, Sr.
There’s a shot he shows up and turns into the best blocker on the Purdue line.
The 6-2, 305-pounder might not have the right height or frame or overall look, but he was an all-star caliber guard over the last three years at WKU with tremendous pass blocking ability and enough pop to blast away when needed.
He fits what the Boilermaker offense needs, and his arrival allows the staff to play around with the rest of the lineup.