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Western Kentucky redshirt senior C Dennis Edwards is transferring to Purdue.

Edwards announced his intention to transfer in May, and he'll call Purdue university home for the 2018 season. He will join the Boilermakers with his degree, which makes him eligible to play immediately without having to sit out a year. He should provide depth on the Purdue offensive line, and could be a key reserve to an offensive line that returns four starters.
May 21 - 4:03 PM

Purdue received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 WR Mershawn Rice.

Rice (6'2/200) opted in with Purdue over Kentucky, Pitt, Indiana and Cincinnati. Per 247Sports analyst Bill Greene, the Reynoldsburg, Ohio, native brings to the table "a college-ready body," adding that "[a]s a receiver, he has the ability to use his body to muscle smaller defenders, and he is also has the athleticism to jump over defenders to go get the football." Rice has upside as a linebacker or safety in addition to wideout, but he'll at least begin his collegiate career on the offensive side of the ball.
Source: 247Sports
May 19 - 3:21 PM

Purdue four-star 2019 verbal DE commit George Karlaftis will take official visits to USC and Florida in June.

Karlaftis (6'5/240) has been in Purdue's corner since October, but while that pledge remains intact, he is going to continue to take advantage of his opportunities to check out other interested parties. He'll be taking his Florida official on June 8 and his USC official on June 22. Michigan and Clemson are also potential foes which Purdue will have to keep at bay if they're to ultimately reel in Karlaftis. He initially committed to the Boilermakers due to what he feels is a smooth fit in their defensive schematics.
Source: 247Sports
May 6 - 1:48 PM

Purdue redshirt freshman RB Alexander Horvath rushed for 75 yards on 14 carries while catching five passes for 65 yards during the team's spring game.

Horvath (6'3/230) had a major opportunity to impress in spring action, as the Boilermakers were working with an incredibly threadbare depth chart at running back. Tario Fuller, Richie Worship and D.J. Knox all sat out the game due to various health concerns. Purdue HC Jeff Brohm took note of his stepping it up in their absence, saying of Hovath, "He’s going to compete. He’s going block, run hard, he’s going to catch the football. He adds to the mix."
May 6 - 1:33 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior C Dennis Edwards will transfer as a graduate.

Edwards has appeared in 41 games for the Hilltoppers over his career. It's a strange decision on the surface, as Edwards started each of the past two seasons and was set to do so again at center this fall. Seth Joest, Tyler Witt, Caleb Etheridge and Cullen Reynolds will now compete for his vacated post.
Source: WBKO
May 3 - 6:54 PM

Seahawks signed Purdue DT Eddy Wilson.

Wilson (6’3/301) turned pro as a true junior after starting his final two seasons for the Boilermakers, managing 2.5 sacks and one sack in 2017. He posted six TFLs and 2.5 sacks the year before. Wilson’s forty time (5.37) and broad jump (8’) underwhelmed at the Combine, and his shortage of college production is another red flag. On tape, Wilson did exhibit enough aggressiveness and disruptive potential to be a worthy flier as an eventual contributor in a rotation.
May 3 - 12:28 PM

Patriots selected Purdue LB Ja'Whaun Bentley with the No. 143 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Expected to be a seventh-round pick or PFA, Bentley is a surprise pick in the fifth round. 6-foot-2, 252 pounds, Bentley is a run-thumper with considerable athletic limitations. His ceiling is likely as a rotational option on early downs.
Apr 28 - 2:20 PM

Brian Brohm's new seven-year contract with Purdue will pay him a total of $26.9 million.

Brohm signed the extension Thursday, and if you include his $300,000 base salary, it pushes the value of the contract to $29 million. The buyout is $4.4 million until Dec. 6, 2018, when it then declines to $3.3 million and again to $2.2 million on Dec. 6, 2019.
Apr 26 - 3:11 PM

Brett McMurphy reports that Purdue is signing HC Jeff Brohm to an extension through 2024.

Financial terms aren't known at this time. Brohm, 47, guided Purdue to a 6-6 record this year after the school had gone 9-39 the previous four seasons. There were even reports that Brohm was a candidate to become the new coach of the Titans in November, but that job ultimately went to Mike Vrabel.
Apr 26 - 2:35 PM

Purdue redshirt senior QB David Blough (ankle) completed 6-of-15 passes for 109 yards in Saturday's spring game.

Blough (6'1/202) is not completely recovered from the right ankle dislocation he sustained in early November, but he's very, very close. Earlier in spring practice, he estimated that he was about 90% of the way back to full health. That he's been a full participant this spring has to be incredibly encouraging for Boilermakers HC Jeff Brohm and staff, as last year's other starter (splitting time with Blough), Elijah Sindelar, is still healing up from a torn ACL sustained during the fall campaign. We're expecting a heated competition for starting honors between Sindelar and Blough come the start of August camp so long as both players are right physically.
Source: Rivals
Apr 9 - 1:47 PM

Former Purdue offensive coordinator Tony Levine told Bruce Feldman of SI.com that he resigned in January to own and operate a Chik-Fil-A restaurant in Houston.

"The things that I’ve been passionate about for most of my life—developing people, team-building, identifying and recruiting talent, competing—while I had a love for those, I saw an opportunity with Chick-fil-A to become an owner/operator where a lot of those same things that I was passionate about I could keep doing, and the ability to stay in Houston was very important to my wife and I and our family as a whole." Levine was the head coach at Houston from 2012-2014, picking up a 20-17 record in his time there.
Apr 3 - 9:18 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Purdue DT Eddy Wilson to Colts defensive lineman Hassan Ridgeway.

Zierlein has questions about Wilson's discipline, as the 6-foot-4, 301-pound defensive tackle was flagged for 15 penalties in three years. He also cites that he's excellent at shedding blockers, and that he's "willing to chase plays" and is a consistent finisher. The discipline issues are going to make interviews very important for Wilson, but if a team is satisfied that he'll be able to maintain composure, he could be an early Day 3 draft candidate.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 12 - 4:23 PM

Purdue LB T.J. McCollum met with the Dallas Cowboys during the school's pro day.

McCollum (6'1/236) is on the draft fringe and did not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, making this week's pro day a matter of huge importance for the linebacker. In testing, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds, the three-cone drill in 7.10 seconds and the 20-yard shuttle in 4.40 seconds. The undersized Boilermaker also posted a respectable enough vertical jump of 34 inches and a broad jump of 108 inches. While none of these testing results are mind-blowing, McCollum probably did enough to hang around the late Day 3 conversation.
Mar 7 - 3:18 PM

Purdue LB Danny Ezechukwu ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds and 4.71 seconds during the school's pro day.

Ezechukwu -- who did not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine -- measured in at 6-foot-1, 247 pounds. In addition to the 40-yard dash, he also posted 26 reps on the bench press, plus jumps of 31.5 inches (vertical) and 117 inches (broad). Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Ezechukwu was "solid" in position drills and writes that the linebacker "has a real chance to make it as a designated pass rusher and special-teams player at the next level."
Mar 7 - 2:28 PM

Purdue DT Eddy Wilson ran the 40-yard dash in 5.28 seconds at the school pro day.

Wilson (6'4/301) was looking to improve on his combine run of 5.37 seconds. That worked out well enough, though we'll give our typical caveat that pro day times are traditionally faster than those at the combine outside of rare cases such as that of Teez Tabor a year ago, where he actually ran even slower at Florida's pro day. But back to Wilson. Not only did he improve on his 40-yard dash time, he also improved on his broad jump, managing 100 inches even after hitting 96 inches in Indianapolis. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein sees his NFL success being made or broken by how willingly he takes to coaching at the pro level. The analyst places a fifth-round grade on the defensive tackle for the spring draft.
Mar 7 - 1:35 PM


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