Holmes to return for fifth year

Senior tight end Gabe Holmes will receive a medical redshirt and return next season.

WEST LAFAYETTE -- This was supposed to be Gabe Holmes' breakout season. After an injury in early September ended it early, he'll get a second chance.

Holmes, the 6-foot-5, 243-pound senior tight end, will return for a fifth year of eligibility after receiving a medical redshirt this year. He played in just two games before suffering a broken wrist in practice prior to Purdue's game with Notre Dame.

Instead of walking with the seniors before Saturday's final home game, he will watch the ceremony from the sidelines.

Holmes, a Miramar, Florida native, has played in 37 games in his Purdue career, compiling 37 catches and three touchdowns. He was on the preseason watch list for the Mackey Award this season. He never got the chance to fight for that recognition.

Next season, Holmes will be needed as a key target in the Boilermakers' upstart passing attack, led by current freshman quarterback Danny Etling. The tight end position is essential in John Shoop's offense, creating mismatches in the defense. Holmes will be needed in year two of the Darrell Hazell era.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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