By the time all is said and done one of today’s players will be among Purdue’s all-time leaders in several categories. Hopefully both will.
David Blough - Sr.
Carrollton, TX (Creekview HS)
6’1”, 205 pounds
2018 Projection: Contributor at quarterback
I have a story to tell about Blough. At the Purdue fans day last Saturday my family and I were in line for player autographs and we got to the QB table. David noticed my son and he said he reminded him of himself at that age because of Dillon’s excitement at being there. He asked how long he had been coming to games and I told him that he had been coming since he was 4 months old at the 2013 home opener against Indiana State. David, not missing a beat, responded with, “Oh, so now you get to see some GOOD football, buddy.”
I couldn’t help but laugh at that because Blough has been through a lot in his five years on campus. He redshirted before taking over as a starter as a redshirt freshman. His 2015 season was cut short due to a concussion gainst Iowa and his 2017 season was cut short due to a gruesome ankle injury.
Through it all he is a three-time Academic all-Big Tem selection that has started 25 games. He has thrown for over 6,000 yards and 44 touchdowns against 33 interceptions. In 2016 he led the Big Ten in passing yardage. He even has 10 rushing touchdowns in his career. Despite that, he may not even be the starting quarterback even though he is also a two-time team captain.
His battle with Elijah Sindelar is facinating because both guys are great QBs. Both are great young men too. There is absolutely no ill will between the two and it says a lot about David’s character that he returned to Purdue this year. He already has his degree in hand, meaning he could have transferred anywhere in country where he would have been an almost guaranteed starter. Illinois and Minnesota are two schools in our own division that would take him in a heartbeat. Instead he stayed to try and start this year. Even if he doesn’t start he is a great insurance policy that few teams have.
Kadin Smith - Fr.
Taylorville, KY (Spencer County HS)
6’, 195 pounds
2018 Projection: Likely Redshirt
Smith seems like a strong redshirt candidate with a full house in the defensive backfield. He is a 3-star commitment from Spencer County in Kentucky and he is the type of big defensive back that coach Brohm loves.
What I like about Smith is that he brings raw speed to the field. He was a track state champion in the 100, 200, and 400 for Spencer County. That might lead to him being used as a kick or punt returner, both areas that need work. That also might be a way for him to get to the field earlier. He also received multiple Division I offers in track, so it is possible that Purdue track could give him a call after what Raheem Mostert did two years ago.