For some reason Purdue did not email out the quotes from this press conference with Coach Brohm Monday afternoon, but the most significant news was regarding a few of Purdue starters and some injuries. It looks like Tario Fuller and T.J. McCollum are likely out for at least another week. Grant Hermanns is also about 50/50 to play on Saturday. Eddy Wilson and Terry Wright should be ready to play more.
If Hermanns can’t go we can expect to see Eric Swingler start in his all-important left tackle spot. Fuller has been out for a few weeks now, but Purdue should have a better time running with Markell Jones and D.J. Knox against Rutgers than against Wisconsin.
With that in mind, here is this week’s offensive depth chart:
QB: 1. David Blough 2. Elijah Sindelar 3. Jared Sparks
RB: 1. Richie Worship 2. D. J. Knox 3. Markell Jones 4. Brian Lankford-Johnson
WR1: 1. Anthony Mahoungou 2. Corey Holmes 3. Jared Sparks
WR2: 1. Jackson Anthrop 2. Terry Wright 3. KeyRon Catlett
WR3: 1. Gregory Phillips 2. Isaac Zico
TE: 1. Cole Herdman 2. Brycen Hopkins 3. Darius Pittman
LT: 1. Grant Hermanns 2. Eric Swingler
LG: 1. Shane Evans 2. Michael Mendez 3. Peyton Truitt
C: 1. Kirk Barron 2. Shane Evans 3. Bryce Brown
RG: 1. Matt McCann 2. Bearooz Yacoobi
RT: 1. Dave Steinmetz 2. Ethan Smart
No official changes here, but as mentioned, don’t count on Fuller playing, perhaps for the rest of the season. Fortunately, that is a spot where Purdue has depth. Worship is listed first, but both Jones and Knox have gotten more carries in recent weeks.
The bigger loss would be Hermanns. Purdue has given up a Big Ten leading 20 sacks. part of that has been competition (Michigan, Louisville, and Wisconsin had 12 of those combined), but it is still a thin position.
DE: 1. Austin Larkin 2. Antoine Miles
DT: 1. Lorenzo Neal or Eddy Wilson
DT: 1. Gelen Robinson 2. Keiwan Jones
DE: 1. Danny Ezechukwu 2. Kai Higgins
WLB: 1. T.J. McCollum 2. Derrick Barnes
MLB: 1. Ja’Whaun Bentley 2. Garrett Hudson
SLB: 1. Markus Bailey 2. Rob Simmons
CB1: 1. Josh Okonye 2. Antonio Blackmon
CB2: 1. Da’Wan Hunte 2. Kamal Hardy
FS: 1. Navon Mosley 2. T.J. Jallow
SS: 1. Jacob Thieneman 2. Navon Mosley
In name, none of these have changed, but there is going to have to be more rotation up front. Late last week Keiwan Jones was ruled out for the season. That makes Purdue much thinner at defensive tackle. Gelen Robinson has played more at tackle as a result. We could also see Alex Criddle, who played a decent amount last year, make a move here.
Punter: 1. Joe Schopper 2. Jake Herr
Placekicker: 1. J.D. Dellinger and Spencer Evans
Kickoffs: 1. Spencer Evans 2. Myles Homan
Long Snapper: 1. Ben Makowski 2. Ryan Sadkowski
Holder: 1. David Blough 2. Elijah Sindelar
KR: 1. Brian Lankford-Johnson 2. D.J. Knox
PR: 1. Jackson Anthrop 2. Isaac Zico
Purdue has no changes here and we are still seeing the kicker rotation. Evans is 4 of 6 on field goals this year while Dellinger is 4 of 7. People have gotten on Dellinger, but he is still a respectable 14 of 21 in his career with a long of 42. Evans is kicking field goals for the first time in his career (he was a kickoff guy at Baylor). His 49 yard kick at Wisconsin was his longest of the season.
I also don’t know whyu Blough is listed as hte holder, as Schopper has been the one holding.