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#78 John Purdy
Position: Offensive Line
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 313
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.
High School: Snider
Experience: 1 Letter
John Purdy
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: 12/03/2006

2006 (Fr.): Started final eight games of the season at right guard to earn first letter . . . played in 11 games . . . blocked for an offense which threw for a school record 3,112 yards plus completed a school record 232 passes and 27 touchdown passes . . . protected quarterbacks Joey Lynch and Nate Davis, who combined to throw for a school record 3,112 yards and 27 touchdowns.

High School: Earned three letters in football for Coach Russ Issacs . . . helped Snider to a 12-1 overall record as a senior . . . helped team to a fourth straight undefeated regular season and a sectional title in 2005 . . . helped Snider to a 2002 runner-up finish in the state playoffs, a semi-state runner-up finish in 2003 and a state championship runner-up finish in 2004 . . . Bloomington Herald Top-33 as a senior . . . two-time all-conference . . . high school teammate of fellow 2006 signees Travis Arnold, Jakeem Gregory and MiQuale Lewis . . . also earned two letters in wrestling.

Personal: Son of William Purdy and Teresa Purdy . . . two brothers . . . his uncle, Mike, ran track at Eastern Michigan . . . born Aug. 3, 1987, in Fort Wayne, Ind. . . . full name is John William Purdy.