Playing for the Purdue Boilermakers has become a family tradition for the Thieneman brothers. Jake and Brennan Thieneman have both been safe for Purdue, now Dillon Thieneman wants to create his own legacy in West Lafayette.
Thieneman takes a different path to Purdue than his brothers-turned-team-leaders did before him. The defenseman was a three-star recruit and the 14th best player in Indiana for the 2023 recruit class, according to Rivals.
A native of Westfield, Indiana, he chose the Boilermakers over offers from Indiana, Northwestern, Minnesota, Central Michigan, and Marshall Toledo among other.
The Indiana Football Coaches Association recognized Thieneman as one of the top players in the state following his senior season.
The coaches voted him the 2022 Mr. Football winner on defense. It is an award given to the most outstanding player in each position group, making him a finalist for the overall Mr. Football award. He was also named to the IFCA Top 50 All-State Team and All-Conference.
Thieneman’s high school career at Westfield was productive. He registered 246 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss and five interceptions before coming to West Lafayette. The three-star safety Westfield team also competed in the 2021 Class 6A State Championship Game before losing to Center Grove.
Thieneman talks about continuing the family tradition, entering campus in January and more in “Welcome Aboard.”
“I think it’s definitely something special for me to continue the tradition. Some of the seniors remember Brennan from their freshman year, so it was cool to be able to talk to them. I asked her a few things that I was worried about and such, but other than that I kind of made the transition myself to be a little bit more self-sufficient.”
“The first week on campus was quite fun and full of all kinds of new experiences. Meet the other freshmen, meet other players, train, walk around the facility and go to class. The first week of training was just coming in and training whenever you could.”
“I really like the new employees. They are very detail oriented and how you do one thing, you do everything.”
“In terms of defence, they want all defenders to learn all the positions so they can train each other. That way everyone can get a feel for all the defenders’ positions.”
“My goal is to stay on top with my class work and not fall behind. I also want to make an impression on the team and earn people’s respect that way. I think teamwise it was just improving and being a better team than the last few years.”
“West Lafayette kind of felt like a home away from home. Growing up with Purdue football is just a dream come true and it was cool to finally be able to explore the campus a little more.”