Jake Replogle was projected as an NFL draft pick. The Purdue defensive tackle was one of the few bright spots — if not the bright spot — of the Boilermaker defense.
But according to a statement to Goldandblack.com, Replogle won’t pursue an NFL career.
Here was the statement Replogle released to Gold and Black:
“It has been an honor to represent Purdue University these past four years. I am extremely thankful for the support of my family, teammates, coaches, fans and everyone in Purdue nation. As for my future, I’ve decided to pursue a career in business, putting my degree to good use and look to advance my education hopefully in the not too distant future. I will not be involved in the upcoming NFL draft. I will forever be thankful for the opportunities that football has provided me and am eager to apply the lessons that football has taught me going forward. Boiler up! Hail Purdue!”
It was believed that Replogle suffered head injuries during his senior season. That forced him to miss a handful of games in the middle of 2016.
Replogle wouldn’t, however, cite a specific reason for not pursuing the NFL.
The head injuries didn’t hold Replogle back from delivering a productive senior season. Despite the fact that he only played in eight games, Replogle finished with 9.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.
In his final two games, Replogle recorded 5.5 tackles for loss. Teammates voted Replogle Purdue’s defensive MVP. Pro Football Focus had Replogle as the top-graded interior defensive lineman in the country at the end of the regular season.
Top-graded interior D-lineman in CFB
Jake Replogle, PURD, 93.5
Jonathan Allen, BAMA, 91.4
Solomon Thomas, STAN, 89.7
Ed Oliver, HOU, 88.7
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) December 1, 2016
But the Academic All-B1G honoree will instead put football on the back burner and pursue a career in business.