Injuries have taken a hit on our Boilermakers this season.
Maybe at quarterback more than any other position.
Injuries have ended the season of Elijah Sindelar, Nick Sipe (retirement) and now Jack Plummer has a broken ankle it sounds like.
Essentially, we are down to our 4th string quarterback in walk-on Aidan O’Connell.
O’Connell lead a game winning drive this past Saturday against Nebraska, so there is hope right?
By my count, this is what the Purdue QB Depth Chart should look like the remaining portion of the season. (UNLESS THERE IS ANOTHER INJURY)
- Aidan O’Connell - RS Sophomore, Walk-On
- Paul Piferi - Freshman, Scholarship
- Danny Carollo - Junior, Walk-On
- Emergency QB? - My thought goes to Freshman Defensive Back - Cam Allen (Played some QB in High School) - From PurdueSports.com - In addition to defensive back, played quarterback in high school and accounted for the 61 total touchdowns as a senior, the third most by a player in Virginia high school history
Here is all you need to know about new starter Aidan O’Connell:
O’Connell’s senior stats according to his MaxPreps page (link)
Games Played: 9
Completion %: 616
Total Yards: 2741
Yards Per Game: 304.6
That’s not too shabby for a walk-on QB. It makes me wonder why he didn’t get more looks from MAC schools. Grades obviously weren’t the issue since he managed to get into Purdue on his academic merits, but whatever, I’m selfishly glad he was overlooked.
Information from his official Purdue Bio (link)
Class: Sophomore (RS)
2017: Joined team as walk-on
2018: Academic All-Big10
He’s smart, so that’s a plus. I’m not saying that book smarts and football smarts are the same thing, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. If nothing else, it shows he knows how to study, and that’s an important skill for a quarterback.