Social Media and Message Boards are rumbling.
Will Jeff Brohm answer the call? Can the 2021 season be a successful season?
Signs are pointing to a rocky season, in which should be his best year. His first recruiting class is going into their 4th year on campus, so he has had an entire cycle of players. The schedule is favorable, with an easier non conference schedule, other than playing Notre Dame. We play in the west side of the Big Ten, which is clearly the weaker side.
But, Boilermakers near and far are asking, is Jeff Brohm the answer?
His first two seasons proved that he is a good football coach. He took over a roster that was filled with low ranking recruits from the Hazell Era. Now, with his recruits getting into their 3rd and 4th year on campus, there should be results in 2021.
His 2018 class was 49th in the nation (4th Year on Campus), 2019 was 26th (3rd Year on Campus), and 2020 was 30th in the nation (2nd Year on Campus).
With those 3 classes alone, not including transfers he may have gotten, there should be some solid depth as well as starters. But, it appears in many positions we are still developing players from the 2019 class and 2018 class, which hurts.
Now, we have roster questions all over, especially with players being allowed to transfer, it has left some holes on the Purdue Football Roster.
Here are roster questions that I have going into the late spring early summer part of the year.
In 4 seasons at Purdue, the best two quarterbacks were from Darrell Hazell, David Blough and Elijah Sindelar. Now, we have been waiting for the development of quarterbacks for years now. Jack Plummer is headed into his fourth year on campus, this should be his time to shine. Being the quarterback from the 2018 class, he has had time to learn and develop.
But, he has continued to be pushed by former Walk-On, Aidan O’Connell. But, then you also bring in Austin Burton from UCLA into the mix, who is more of a dual threat type of quarterback, or redshirt freshman Mike Alaimo, can either of these guys push the two with some starting experience?
I would love to have a clear cut number one quarterback, we know this guy is going to be the starter. Like the Kyle Orton, Curtis Painter years. But, that hasn’t happened in nearly a decade.
A true position of WTF is going on here.
Running Backs are leaving the roster left and right it appears. As of now, the rostered running backs are Zander Horvath, Henry Lewis, King Doerue and Dylan Downing.
2 of these are walk ons and Downing, a Carmel product, transferred here in the winter from UNLV.
Horvath has the most experience of the group, there is no denying that, but, Doerue will make a run for the starting job as well. He had a solid freshman season before having a down Sophomore year.
But, going into a season with only two backs with experience is quite worrisome. I would expect us to be active in the Transfer Portal for an additional running back in April and May. We need it.
Corners have come and gone. Have left and have retired from football. Outside of Cory Trice, this group does not have a ton of experience. The junior should return as a starter, as he has started the last 2 seasons.
The other corner spot is up for grabs really. Geovonte’ Howard entered the portal, but decided to come back, he was a highly recruited JUCO corner. Dedrick Mackey has experience, but has had an up and down career. The wildcard for me is Redshirt Freshman Anthony Rompf who has been talked about highly.
Outside of George Karlaftis, where does the pass rush come from? DeMarcus Mitchell showed promise in the 2020 season, but how does he fit in the new defensive scheme? New defensive coordinator has those two to utilize to create a solid pass rush.
Then, you have some younger players. Greg Hudgins and Dontay Hunter are intriguing options as back ups.
On the interior Defensive Line, Anthony Watts is back, he should be penciled in as one of the two defensive tackles. But, who is the other? Lawrence Johnson looks like the obvious fit at nose tackle, he should be able to take on a double team with ease.
It is time for 3rd year sophomore and former 4 star recruit Steven Faucheux to get on the field, he should back up Watts. I also like Bryce Austin, a 300 pounder that could be the back up nose.