David Blough is the presumptive starter. Elijah Sindelar is the top backup. Today’s player, however, is the third most-experienced quarterback on the roster.
Aaron Banks - Jr.
Indianapolis, IN (Brebeuf HS)
6’4”, 200 pounds
2017 Projection: Deep Reserve at Quarterback
Two seasons ago Purdue went into the Indiana game in quite a predicament at quarterback. Blough, then the starter, was out with a concussion. Austin Appleby was set to start versus the Hoosiers, but Sindelar was the only other scholarship quarterback on the roster at the time. He was also a true freshman that would burn his redshirt if he played.
That meant Banks was the primary backup in the event Appleby was injured. That scenario happened, as Appleby was knocked from the game for a few plays. Banks entered and even completed his only pass attempt. Naturally, playing in the Shoopfense, it was a four yard route when Purdue needed five yards.
That is the extent of Banks’ stats so far, and if he gets any further playing time it likely comes As teh result of an absolute disaster at the position. Purdue enters this season with five scholarship QBs. Even with Griffin Alstott and Nicholas Sipe almost certainly redshirting, Blough, Sindelar, and Jared Sparks are in the 1-2-3 spots ahead of Banks.