What are we going to do in 2021? Next year, for the first time since the 2008-09 Men’s basketball season, Purdue will NOT have an Anthrop on the roster for football or men’s basketball. Surely there are a couple in reserve, right? The Anthrops have become the first family of Purdue sports, but now we must wait for the next generation after this year.
Jackson Anthrop - Sr. (5)
West Lafayette, IN (Central Catholic HS)
5’11”, 190 pounds
2020 Projection: Contributor at receiver
Jackson and Danny have been mainstays on the roster since their time at Central Catholic, where both were absolute stars. Danny scored 107 total touchdowns there to Jackson’s 105 and he won three state titles to Jackson’s two. Jackson did set the school’s single-season record with 55 scores in 2015.
That year was an interesting one for Purdue recruiting. Darrell Hazell offered Anthrop, then just a two-star recruit, because Anthrops have a permanent place with Purdue sports. He famously did not offer teammate and 4-star lineman Coy Cronk, despite having a desperate need for offensive linemen and Cronk living within 10 miles of campus. That, among with many other reasons, is why Jeff Brohm is now coach.
Jackson thrived immediately under Brohm. After redshirting in 2016 he exploded for seven catches, 82 yards, and a pair of touchdowns against Louisville in his first career game. He closed the season as Purdue’s leading receiver with 47 receptions for 423 yards and 5 touchdowns. He even completed a 24 yard pass. He also ran for a pair of touchdowns as Purdue liberated the Old Oaken Bucket after four long years in exile.
Then that Rondale Moore guy showed up. With Anthrop playing the same position as Moore he saw fewer touches in 2018, mostly because Rondale Moore is extremely good at what he does. Jackson still played in all 13 games, but caught only 8 passes for 54 yards and had just a single carry. He did spend some time on return duties though.
Last season Jackson saw more playing time, especially after Moore went down with an injury. He caught 37 passes for 340 yards and a score while rushing for 48 yards, notching 228 yards on kickoff returns, 26 on punt returns, and even getting 6 special teams tackles.
With Moore back this season Jackson figures to slide back into his enormous shadow a bit, but he is a very solid weapon to have. He needs eight receptions for 100 in his career and 28 to reach the top 20 in school history (passing Danny along the way). He also needs 183 receiving yards for 1,000 in his career. With three more touchdowns he would pass Danny’s career total as well.
Plus, he is an Anthrop. You’re never going to have a more “Purdue guy” than an Anthrop.