On Monday, first-year Purdue head coach said he knows who will start at quarterback for the Boilermakers this week. Everyone outside the Purdue facilities, however, will have to wait until Saturday.
“Internally, we know who’s going to start the next game,” Brohm said. “If that person does well, we’re fine with riding that out but the other guy is going to be ready. We’re not going to hand over the position quite yet. We want to make sure they earn it.”
In case you’re not up to date on Purdue’s quarterback dance, the Boilermakers have played two quarterbacks, sophomore Elijah Sindelar and junior David Blough, in every game this season. Blough has already faced the Huskers twice, throwing 43 times for four touchdowns in Purdue’s win over Nebraska in 2015 and 43 times for two touchdowns and an interception in the 2016 loss in Lincoln. From an outsider’s perspective, Blough’s numbers look pretty solid particularly in a Big Ten context. He’s completing 66.7 percent for 7.1 yards per attempt and eight touchdowns to four interceptions.
Then again, I haven’t watched every second of Purdue football this season and Sindelar not only continues to get snaps, he has started the last three games. He was really good in the Boilermakers' win over Minnesota (the first start), which earned him the nod at Wisconsin the following week. He played all but one series in that closer-than-expected game (Blough didn’t attempt any passes), and it looked like Sindelar might be separating himself. Then came Rutgers. Sindelar completed just over 50 percent and threw two interceptions to push his season totals to 52.7 percent, 6.1 yards per attempt and six touchdowns to five interceptions.
Blough led Purdue’s only touchdown drive against Rutgers and the overall numbers are better, so while I'm not totally seeing the Sindelar thing it seems like Husker fans can count on seeing both he and Blough this week.
What’s that old saying about two quarterbacks? Ah, yes, I think it’s this . . .
It's that secret quarterback stuff that's makes a difference.
— Terry Pettit (@TerryPettit1) October 23, 2017
That’s from former Nebraska volleyball coach Terry Pettit and it’s a very good tweet.
The Grab Bag
- If Tanner Lee was Purdue's quarterback maybe there wouldn't be any question as to who would start. Brohm called Lee "probably the best quarterback" the Boilermakers have faced outside of Louisville's Lamar Jackson.
- Pat Forde raises some questions about Florida Coach Jim McElwain's claim that he's received death threats. The Gators are 3-3.
- These might be the best two football sentences of the fall: "Television’s ideal football player is neither black nor white. In fact, he is not entirely human, but a computer-animated cyborg Übermensch who appears in the interstitial bits of Fox’s coverage, with a network logo glowing at his sternum like Iron Man’s uni-beam." From Troy Patterson in the New Yorker.
- ICYMI: Press conference reports for football and volleyball, a roundup of recruiting news from the weekend and playful Danny Langsdorf showed up at post-practie last night.
Today's Song of Today
Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.