Both of today's players are relative newcomers that carry with them high expectations. One found out yesterday that he won't be needed immediately, while the other has been thrust into a more prominent role because of a suspension to a starter.
David Blough - Fr. (RS)
Carrollton, TX (Creekview HS)
6'1", 202 pounds
2015 Projection: Backup Quarterback
With Austin Appleby winning the starting job the backup job will go to Blough. It is widely expected that Elijah Sindelar will redshirt as long as Appleby and Blough are healthy, so hopefully we can get a glimpse of the immense promise that Blough has.
Blough did not blow people away with his numbers in high school, but he impressed many with his showing at The Opening in the summer of 2013. He has a similar stature and throwing style to Drew Brees and, being from Texas, has gotten a personal blessing from Breesus. Given Purdue's quarterback struggles in recent years I fear that we have hyped Blough up perhaps a little too much. Even so, if Appleby struggles at all thecall to bring in Blough from the bullpen will be even louder.
Antoine Miles - So. (RS)
Canton, OH (McKinley HS)
6'3", 255 pounds
2015 Projection: Possible starter at defensive end
There is a chance that in 2011 Our current quarterback was sacked by our current defensive end. Mile and Appleby are both from Canton, OH, but play for crosstown rivals in McKinley (for Miles) and Hoover (for Appleby). Both ended up at Purdue and are now fighting for the common good.
Miles could be starting at Marshall due to the suspension of Gelen Robinson. He is currently battling JuCo transfer Shayne Henley to start at rush end, and the winner will be needed to create a pass rush in the absence of the talented sophomore. Miles has not played a down in his first two years on campus, but that will change this year. Purdue needs him to be a breakout player from day 1.