LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — When Marquis Munoz committed to Purdue's football program as a preferred walk-on last month, the record breaking running back from Lafayette Jeff realized a long-time dream of playing at the college game's highest level.
Munoz helped lead Pat Shanley's Bronchos to an undefeated regular season in 2019, including a North Central Conference championship. In four varsity seasons, Munoz tallied 4,243 rushing yards including 59 touchdowns on the ground.
Munoz rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons to round out his high school career. He turned down offers from NAIA powerhouse programs at Marian and St. Francis (Fort Wayne) to continue his career in the Big Ten Conference.
"That's always been something that I wanted to do growing up," said Munoz. "Having that goal of being at the highest level in college, and knowing that football was my favorite sport from a young age."
"I had other options and I could have went elsewhere, but just having the opportunity from Purdue and knowing what type of degree I can get from Purdue, that just made the difference."