Purdue Boilermakers starting punter Cody Webster has made the baseball team as a left-handed relief pitcher, according to Boiler Station.
Webster, a junior, has been looking to make a good impression on new football coach Darrell Hazell. He’s proving that he is dedicated to working hard and can take on a heavy workload.
“I didn’t try out just to watch,” Webster told Mike Carmin. “I could’ve bought season tickets in the new stadium if I wanted to do that. I think coach [Doug] Schreiber wouldn’t have kept me on the team if he didn’t think I could contribute. I plan to work hard and hopefully make the travel team.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” he added. “I’d be ashamed if I looked back and said, ‘Man, I wish I would’ve done something like that.’”
Walk-ons don’t usually make too many appearances early on – or at all – but Webster’s baseball background could help give him a leg up when it comes to playing time.
Not only is Purdue in need of a left-handed pitcher in the bullpen, Webster’s high school (Central Dauphin East) in Pennsylvania is the same school that produced former Boilermaker pitcher Allan Donato. According to the staff, Webster has been clocked in with an 85 mile-per-hour fastball. He can also throw a curveball and changeup.
Webster isn’t expected to miss any spring practices, which begin March 19. The NCAA rules and regulations state that a student-athlete cannot participate in more than 20 hours per week when it comes to athletic practices, so things could get difficult.
But he’s clearly committed to the football team – and he has Hazell’s support.
“[Hazell] been really supportive about this,” said Webster. “It’s made it a lot easier for me to give it my all. Sometimes when you’re not quite sure and you’re walking on eggshells, you don’t want to step on anybody’s toes, especially when everybody is new. He’s been really supportive.”
In 2012, Webster booted 70 punts for an average of 42.3 yards and a long of 72.