From today on out, there are two players for each number, though are few are freshmen likely headed for a redshirt. That is the case for the first of today's players.
David Blough - Fr.
Carrolton, TX (Creekview HS)
6'1", 195 pounds
2014 Projection: Likely redshirt
Blough heads into the season as the No. 3 quarterback and coach Hazell hopes to redshirt him. This is a good thing, but he still was good enough in spring practice and in the fall to at least draw some consideration for the starting job. It is hard to think of the future of Purdue football at the quarterback position when a true sophomore was just named as the starter, but Blough is that future.
Everything he has said and done since announcing his Purdue commitment has gotten me excited. He has a ridiculous amount of confidence and proudly represented Purdue at last summer's Elite 11 The Gathering in Oregon. At 6'1" and hailing out of Texas, there are a ton of Drew Brees comparisons. It helps that he idolizes Brees and would love to replicate his time at Purdue.
Blough just carries himself like a leader. He has the confidence for the position and he has been extremely accurate in practice. Of Purdue's three scholarship quarterbacks I thought he was the best in spring practice, too. In high school he threw for 5,800 yards and 57 touchdowns for the same high school that Ryan Russell attended.
Antoine Miles - Fr. (RS)
Canton, OH (McKinley HS)
6'3", 255 pounds
2014 Projection: Possible contributor at defensive end.
Miles is a promising rush end that should earn a little playing time coming out of camp. As a senior in high school he had 12 sacks, but he begins this year behind Ryan Russell at his position. Russell is one of only two seniors, however, and that means someone has to replace him next year.
We won't know too much about Miles until he steps onto the field though. He is a former three-star recruit that at least should get some playing time this year.