Purdue lands pledge from former FCS kicker as graduate transfer
Purdue has added a new piece to its special teams unit.
Former Samford kicker Mitchell Fineran announced on Tuesday that he has committed to Purdue as a graduate transfer. He spent three seasons kicking at Samford, which competes at the FCS level. With the NCAA granting all student-athletes an additional year of eligibility, Fineran will have two years to play for the Boilermakers.
Fineran made his announcement with a post on Twitter.
“I have graduated from Samford University with my undergraduate degree and decided to pursue my masters and athletic career elsewhere,” Fineran wrote. “Samford has given me more than I could have ever deserved.
“With all that being said I have decided to commit and continue my football career and complete my masters degree at Purdue University!!! Boiler Up!!!”
— Mitchell Fineran (@MFineran) May 4, 2021
Fineran played for Samford during the spring season in 2021 and enjoyed plenty of success. He converted 15-of-18 field goal attempts this past year, and drilled kicks from 47, 48 and 50 yards deep. Fineran was also successful on 32-of-33 extra point tries.
In 2018, Fineran was named to the SoCon All-Freshman Team after making 13-of-17 field goals and hitting all 50 PAT attempts. In 2019, the sophomore kicker was a second-team All-SoCon selection, as he was successful on 15-of-21 field goal tries and converted on 46-of-47 extra points.
As a graduate transfer, Fineran will be immediately eligible for the Boilermakers.