After going 0-2 away from the friendly confines of Ross-Ade Stadium the margin for error is even thinner when it comes to reaching a bowl game. Purdue still needs three victories and it has three winnable games left at home, but it will have to perform better. The red zone woes must be solved and the Boilers need to get past a loss that, until Saturday afternoon, was one that we did not think would happen.
So let’s see how the depth chart looks this week:
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. Eric Swingler 2. Michael Mendez
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
Here we have the official change that starting left tackle Grant Hermanns is out. It wasn’t a huge difference on Saturday as Purdue’s ground game was dominant and the quarterbacks were mostly kept clean, but Hermanns has been strong all year. Swingler played mostly against Rutgers and is okay, but Hermanns is better.
Also, the real story is who will start at QB. Here is what coach Brohm had to say, as he does know who will start, but the public will not know until Saturday:
“If that person (who starts) does well, we’re fine with riding that out, but the other guy has got to be ready. We’re not going to hand over the position to anybody quite yet. We want to make sure they earn it.”
It is possible Tario Fuller might return as well, and that would give Purdue a fourth quality running back.
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. Tim Cason
CB2: 1. Da’Wan Hunte 2. Kamal Hardy
FS: 1. Navon Mosley 2. T.J. Jallow
SS: 1. Jacob Thieneman 2. Antonio Blackmon
A few surprises here. Keiwan Jones is still listed at defensive tackle, but he is out for the season. Tim Cason makes his first appearance on the depth chart this season at cornerback. Antonio Blackmon shifts to safety to back up Theineman.
T.J. McCollum has not played the last two weeks and Garrett Hudson started in his place at Rutgers. Derrick Barnes then took his place and did well, notching three tackles and half a tackle for loss. Barnes is the future at the position, but McCollum is the present and needs to come back soon.
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
No changes here. Purdue continues to rotate kickers and both made a field goal at Rutgers. On the critical 4th down stop at the Rutgers 30 it would have been Evans’ turn had Purdue chosen to kick. It was one of those moments where I wanted to go for it until we came up short, then I wish we had kicked as a made field goal (and Evans has more range) takes the last second two-point conversion out of the equation.