Purdue will be without one of its top defenders throughout all spring practice.
Mike Carmin of the Journal and Courier reported on Monday that linebacker Markus Bailey will miss the entire spring season after undergoing hip surgery. He’s coming off the best season in his college career.
The Boilermakers started spring practice on Monday.
#Purdue LB Markus Bailey (hip) out for spring practice
— mike carmin (@carmin_jc) February 25, 2019
Bailey was the team’s leading tackler in 2018, totaling 115 stops. That total also ranked third in the B1G. The linebacker was also responsible for nine tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown.
Bailey, a Columbus native, had his best performance in Purdue’s 49-20 win over No. 2 Ohio State at Ross-Ade Stadium. He registered a season-high 15 tackles and a pick-six late in the game, sealing the upset win.
The linebacker reached double-digit tackle totals in six of Purdue’s 13 games last fall.
In his career in West Lafayette, Bailey has recorded 310 tackles and 26 stops for loss. He’s also tallied 12.5 sacks and six interceptions.