First off, apologies for not having a press conference post from yesterday. The athletic department never sent me the transcripts. Second, there is not a lot of change on the depth charts because Brohm seems to rarely change them from week to week. I will still try to offer what commentary I can.
QB: 1. David Blough 2. Elijah Sindelar
RB: 1. D.J. Knox 2. Markell Jones. 3. Tario Fuller 4. Alexander Horvath
WR: Jared Sparks OR Terry Wright
WR: 1. Rondale Moore 2. Jackson Anthrop 3. Keyron Catlett
WR: Isaac Zico OR Jarrett Burgess
LT: 1. Grant Hermanns 2. Michael Mendez
LG: 1. Shane Evans 2. Dennis Edwards
C: 1. Kirk Barron 2. Viktor Beach
RG: 1. Dennis Edwards 2. Bearooz Yacoobi
RT: 1. Matt McCann 2. Eric Swingler
TE: 1. Cole Herdman OR Brycen Hopkins 2. Darius Pittman
The only significant change is that Moore is now officially first on the depth chart ahead of Anthrop. This is merely cosmetic, as Moore leads the Big Ten in receiving and has been the conference’s Freshman of the Year through the first half.
The Illinois blowout allowed at least a few backup offensive linement to get some snaps. Beach, Yacoobi, and Mendez saw extended second half action. That’s especially important for Beach, who is a redshirt freshman and leading candidate to take over next season when Barron is gone.
At running back Fuller got his first carries in a few weeks, while Horvath played a lot and even got his first career touchdown. I still think Fuller will be hte feature back next season and will be in a great position for a good year.
DE: 1. Giovanni Reviere 2. Semisi Fakasiieiki
DT: 1. Lorenzo Neal 2. Ray Ellis OR Alex Criddle
DT: 1. Anthony Watts 2. Jeff Marks
DE: 1. Kai Higgins 2. Robert McWilliams III
LB: 1. Markus Bailey 2. Tobias Larry
LB: Cornel Jones OR Derrick Barnes
LB: 1. Derrick Barnes 2. Jaylan Alexander
CB: 1. Antonio Blackmon OR Kenneth Major 2. Kamal Hardy
FS: 1. Navon Mosley 2. Simeon Smiley or Elijah Ball or Cory Trice
SS: 1. Jacob Thieneman 2. Brennan Thieneman
CB: Tim Cason OR Dedrick Mackey
Ball, Trice, Alexander, and Marks are rapidly approaching the redshirt threshold. Ball and Willie Lane are credited with only two game appearances so far, so with a limit of two more they can hold on to their redshirts. Alexander is at 4, so if he plays in one more he loses the option this year. Marks has played in all six games. Kenneth Major has really come on of late and already has three interceptions. He has even started two games in place of Cason.
Punter: 1. Joe Schopper 2. Jake Herr
Kicker: 1. Spencer Evans 2. J.D. Dellinger
Kickoffs: 1. Spencer Evans 2. Myles Homan
Long Snapper: 1. Ben Makowski 2. Ryan Sadkowski
Holder: 1. Joe Schopper 2. Jake Herr
Kick Returns: 1. Rondale Moore 2. D.J. Knox
Punt Returns: 1. Rondale Moore 2. Jackson Anthrop
There were a couple of hiccups on special teams as Evans had an extra point blocked and either a bad snap or mishandled snap resulted in a fire drill and a second botched conversion. I still don’t expect any changes, but it is concerning that Purdue has three missed extra points now and, since a kick attempt was not made on the botched play, it is a fourth botched PAT on 21 total attempts. This has already played a large role in one loss.