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Purdue at Michigan State: Depth Charts!

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Again, not much change, but when it is working, it’s working.

Ohio State v Purdue Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

As usual, there are not a ton of changes to the depth chart this week. In a strange coincidence David Blough is now 5th all-time in Passing attempts, yards, completions, touchdowns, and total offense. By the end of the season he should at least reach fourth in all of those categories and in a few of them he might make it to No. 3. Assuming Purdue makes a bowl game he has a decent chance at reaching 10,000 career passing yards, joining only Drew Brees and Curtis Painter as Purdue quarterbacks to reach that mark.

Only 113 quarterbacks in major college football history have passed for as many as 10,000 yards.

OFFENSE

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

No changes here, but it was nice to see Anthrop get a big reception in the third quarter for Purdue. He has mostly been Rondale’d in the slot, but seems to be getting more run when Purdue goes four wide. Purdue has a pretty clear top 4 receivers right now with Sparks, Moore, Wright, and Zico. Zico has been red hot of late too.

Among national leaders Moore is 10th with 728 yards, 10th with 7 TDs, and 7th with 57 receptions. Zico is 15th nationally at 20.4 yards per catch, so he has his own big play capability.

On the ground Knox is having a great year. He is 23rd nationally with 668 yards and he is sitting very well at 6.5 yards per carry. He has three games this season over 100 yards, giving him 5 for his career. He is well on pace to have just the 9th 1,000 yard rushing season in school history. Otis Armstrong and Mike Alstott each did it twice, while Scott Dierking, Joey Harris, Leroy Keyes, and Kory Sheets each did it once.

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

Bailey is having a monster season now with 58 tackles, 6 for loss, 3.5 sacks, and a pick six. He officially wrecked Ohio State defensively. Jaylan Alexander has now officially passed the redshirt threshold for this season, giving him important experience for next year. The same is true for Jeff Marks. Willie Lane can still play in one more game and Elijah Ball can play in two more.

SPECIAL TEAMS

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

Not much to note here except to say that Makowski could finish his career now going 50 for 50 in starts. He has not missed a game since starting as a true freshman, and if he starts through the bowl game that would be 50 consecutive starts. I am not sure we have ever had a player do that. Even Travis Dorsch, who was a kicker for four consecutive years, only got to start in 49 straight games because back then we only had 11 game seasons.