The future is on display in today’s number. We have two players wearing No. 13: The starting kicker and the QB of the future.
Spencer Evans - Sr.
Arlington, TX (Martin HS)
6’1”, 200 pounds
2018 Projection: Starting Kicker
After splitting time last season with J.D. Dellinger it seems plausible that Evans will be the full-time kicker this season. Dellinger still has his redshirt year available and coaches have mentioned that if there is separation between the two Evans will start and Dellinger willr edshirt, thus giving us a solid kicker for 2019 and 2020.
Evans did not disappoint last season in his first year as a Purdue player. He was a graduate transfer from Baylor, where he had been a walk-on that served mostly as a kickoff specialist. Last season Evans was 8 of 11 on field goal attempts with a long of 49 yards. He was also 16 of 17 on PATs. He has a big leg with 35 touchbacks on kickoffs, helping to shore up Purdue’s kick coverage.
How big is his leg? Well, here he is kicking an 80 yard fiels goal:
It seems very unlikely we will ever see something like that in a game, but if there is an end of half scenario with favorable conditions for an attempt from 60 or more he could have a shot. Carson Wiggs holds the school record at 59 yards, but Evans has the leg to go that long if not longer.
Jack Plummer - Fr.
Gilbert, AZ (Gilbert HS)
6’5”, 215 pounds
2018 Projection: Likely redshirt
The Nick Sipe vs. Jack Plummer QB battle for 2020 begins this year. We all know that David Blough and Elijah Sindelar are the top two guys, with Sindelar having next season as THE guy. Purdue’s QB of the future, however, is either Sipe of Plummer. With the new redshirt rule allowing a guy to play in up to four games it seems likely we will see Plummer at some point this season while preserving his redshirt. I would bet that while Sipe or Plummer will be the no. 3 option, Plummer might get any mop up duty while Sipe (having already used his redshirt) is the more long-term solution if needed.
Last season Plummer threw for 2,822 yards and 35 touchdowns against only 7 interceptions in 10 games. His team went 4-6, however, as they put up big offensive numbers but struggled defensively. He also showed some nice mobility with a team high 404 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns.
Plummer is reportedly Jeff Brohm’s guy. He is the QB he wanted in this recruiting cycle, so it will be interesting to see him develop.