The starting quarterback may have played his final down at Ross-Ade Stadium, or has he?
Elijah has a 6th year of eligibility if he chooses to use it next year, but has been plagued with injuries during his career while at Purdue.
Elijah committed back in 2015 - as the Gatorade Player of the Year out of Kentucky.
In Jeff Brohm’s first year, Elijah lead Purdue to a bowl game victory in the Foster Farm’s Bowl over Arizona. where he dominated. He was 33 of 53 that day, for 396 yards and 4 touchdowns in a Boilermaker win - on a torn ACL.
Elijah played the stretch of that season with that torn ACL, after David Blough went down with a broken ankle.
Then in 2018, he was the opening day starter, before being sidelined for the year with a mid section injury and not recovering fully from the ACL surgery.
Again, this season, Elijah was the starter during the first three games of the season, before breaking his clavicle on a freak play where he and Rondale Moore both were injured on the same play against Minnesota.
If there is anything we have learned during his career. Elijah loves Purdue. He has put his body on the line for this football team. When he is healthy, he is one of the best quarterbacks in the conference. Through three games this year, when he was healthy, he was leading the nation in passing yards.
Eli will be celebrated this Saturday as a Senior, but will have the option to come back for a 6th season due to all of the injuries he has sustained.
No one knows what the plan is yet - we would obviously welcome Eli back with open arms. He, with a full compliment of weapons could be deadly - we also need the veteran leadership in this young locker room.
People forget how talented he truly is due to often being injured. But, Eli is talented as hell. Check out the video below for a quick reminder.
Congratulations, Elijah. Thank you for your dedication as a Boilermaker!