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Purdue’s Complete 2019 Injury List

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The Boilers were definitely beat up by the end of the year.

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Yes, every team in college football has injuries. Indiana just beat us without its top quarterback and running back. It is virtually impossible to make it through a season completely unscathed, but it seemed particularly rough for the Boilers this year. For funsies, I decided to look at the season’s first depth chart from the Nevada game three months ago. Here is how each player on it finished the year, with some notes for players EVEN BEHIND THEM that were hurt:

Offense

QB

1. Elijah Sindelar - Sr. (5) – Played in just 4 games. Missed TCU with a concussion and the final 7 with a broken collarbone

2. Jack Plummer - Fr. (RS) – Played in nine games, starting five. Missed final three games with broken ankle.

Not on original depth chart:

Nick Sipe – So. – Retired from football due to back injury. Played sparingly in 2018 and was the No. 3 QB before the spring. Had completed one pass for three yards.

Aidan O’Connell - So. - Once again, a fourth string walk-on QB came in and won a Big Ten road game, played well at Wisconsin, and hung 400 yards and 3 TDs on Indiana.

RB

1. Zander Horvath - So.

2. King Doerue - Fr.

3. Da’Joun Hewitt - Fr.

Amazingly, all three made it through the season healthy. Hewitt only played in four games and maintained his redshirt.

Not on original depth chart:

Tario Fuller (Sr.) - Broke his jaw in fall camp and had just 12 carries for 32 yards in three games.

Richie Worship (Sr.) - Played in one game, at Iowa, and had one carry for three yards. In the spring Fuller and Worship were expected to be a solid 1-2 combo. Getting 13 carries for 35 yards in 4 games is not what was expected.

WR

1. Jared Sparks - Jr. – Sparks had 8 receptions for 108 yards and a TD in three games, most of which came in the first two games before an ankle injury limited him to a late appearance at Iowa. It is safe to say Bell filled in admirably.

2. David Bell – Fr.

LT

1. Grant Hermanns - Jr.

2. Eric Miller - Fr. (RS)

LG

1. Alex Criddle - Sr.

2. Jimmy McKenna - Fr. (RS)

C

1. Viktor Beach - So. – Beach played in just five games before a back injury ended his season.

2. Will Bramel - Fr. (RS) OR Sam Garvin - So. – Garvin, a walk-on, filled in admirably for Beach and Bramel finished the season at right tackle.

RG

1. Matt McCann - Sr. (5) – McCann missed the TCU game.

2. DJ Washington - So. OR Mark Stickford - So. – Washington was lost for the season with a broken leg against Minnesota and played just three games. Stickford finished the season starting at left guard.

RT

1. Will Bramel - Fr. (RS)

2. Matt McCann - Sr. (5)

TE

1. Brycen Hopkins - Sr. (5)

2. Payne Durham - Fr. (RS)

3. Darius Pittman - Jr. – Pittman left the team after two games.

WR

1. Rondale Moore - So. – Purdue’s All-American and best player made it not even 3.5 games before a hamstring injury ended his season. Obviously it was more severe than originally thought, but the loss of the best receiver in college football was not insignificant.

2. Jackson Anthrop - Jr. – We had internal reports that Anthrop finished the last two games playing on a broken foot and the staff even confirmed he was “playing when a lot of other guys wouldn’t” at the end of the year.

Not on original depth chart:

TJ Sheffield – Fr. – Sheffield, a true freshman, was expected to get a lot of run once Moore went down, then a leg injury ended his season. We got a very brief glimpse of him as he had two receptions for 12 yards and two kickoff returns for 30 yards in three games. He did maintain his redshirt.

WR

1. Amad Anderson - Fr. (RS)

2. Milton Wright - Fr. – Wright missed the Penn State game as Purdue was down to six receivers period at kickoff time.

Not on original depth chart:

Mershawn Rice – Fr. – Rice was banged up most of the season, but did see the field briefly at Northwestern per the participation notes. The four-star recruit maintained his redshirt.

Offensive starters out by the end of the season: Sindelar, Moore, Beach, Sparks, Fuller (de facto starter if not for training camp injury).

Offensive reserves out by the end of the season: Plummer, Worship, Washington, Pittman, Sheffield, Rice, Sipe.

Defense

DE

1. Derrick Barnes - Jr.

2. Kai Higgins - Sr.

DT

1. Lawrence Johnson - Fr. (RS)

2. Jack Sullivan - Fr. (RS) OR Jeff Marks - So. – Marks was limited to just two games due to an undisclosed injury and used his available redshirt after playing as a true freshman in 2018.

Not on original depth chart:

Lorenzo Neal – Sr. – Neal had some first round NFL buzz, but did not play a single snap. He was by far Purdue’s best defensive tackle and might return for an unexpected fifth season since he did have a redshirt available.

DT

1. Anthony Watts - Jr. – Watts missed the Nebraska game and played with an elbow injury a good portion of the year.

2. Giovanni Reviere - So. – Reviere was in and out of the lineup and played just a total of seven games, missing the final three. He played all 13 games and made 11 starts in 2018.

DE

1. George Karlaftis - Fr. – Karlaftis was a freak of nature that will be preserved and hopefully cloned in the offseason, with his clones not counting against the scholarship limit since they have the same genetic makeup of the original.

2. Branson Deen - Fr. (RS) – Deen missed three games.

LB

1. Markus Bailey - Sr. (5) – Purdue’s unquestioned No. 1 linebacker was lost for the season after two games with a knee injury.

2. Kieren Douglas - So. – Douglas missed four games, but played a bit as a reserve.

LB

1. Ben Holt - GS

2. Cornel Jones - Jr.

LB

1. Cornel Jones - Jr. – Jones was the No. 2 most experienced linebacker behind Bailey and missed six games.

2. Jaylan Alexander - So.

CB

1. Kenneth Major - So.

2. Cory Trice - Fr. (RS) – Trice had a breakout game against Maryland, but missed the Indiana game.

FS

1. Navon Mosley - Sr.

2. Brennan Thieneman - Jr.

SS

1. Jalen Graham - Fr. – Graham played well, but did miss one game, against Illinois.

2. Marvin Grant - Fr. – The four-star freshman safety was expected to play a large role, but missed the final nine games with a torn labrum.

CB

1. Dedrick Mackey - So.

2. Simeon Smiley - Jr.

Defensive starters out by the end of the season: Neal (would have started if healthy), Bailey, Jones, Trice (was starting by the end of the year).

Defensive reserves out by the end of the season: Reviere, Grant, Marks,

Special Teams

K

1. J.D. Dellinger - Jr.

2. Chris van Eekeren - Fr.

P

1. Brooks Cormier - Fr.

2. Zac Collins - So.

LS

1. Nick Zecchino - Jr.

2. Brooks Royal - So.

Holder

1. Danny Carollo - Jr.

2. Zac Collins - So.

Kickoff Returns

1. Rondale Moore - So.

2. Jackson Anthrop - Jr.

Punt Returns

1. Rondale Moore - So.

2. Jackson Anthrop - Jr.

Without Moore, Purdue had basically no return game at all. Malcolm Dotson, a long-time special teams ace, also missed four games.

What’s more telling is not so much how many guys were lost, but who was lost. According to the official roster there were 12 seniors. These are all guys that were expected to start or play major minutes aside from Dotson and walk-on David Day. That dropped that group to ten, but five of those nine missed most or all of the season (Sindelar, Worship, Fuller, Bailey, and Neal). The next group down, the juniors, had 16 members. Six of those 16 were walk-ons (two of which played extensively in Zecchino and Thieneman), but of the 10 scholarship guys Jones and Sparks were big losses while Anthrop and Watts were clearly not 100%.

The supposed good news is that plenty of freshmen got experience. By my count 28 freshmen saw playing time this season. Another 15 sophomores played. Now it is weight room time.