Today’s player has been all over the map, and he still has quite a bit of time left in West Lafayette.
Jack Plummer - Jr.
Gilbert, AZ (Gilbert HS)
6’5”, 220 pounds
2021 Projection: Potential Starter
Because of the bizarre COVD rules it is entirely possible we could have Plummer start for three more seasons and have him obliterate every passing record on the books. That’s the best case scenario if he assumes the starting role full-time this year. That is no guarantee though.
Plummer redshirted in 2018 and was forced into the main role very early in 2019. He made his first start against TCU when Elijah Sindelar was injured the previous week, then started five more games once Sindelar was done for the season before breaking his ankle against Nebraska. He finished with a modest 1,603 yards and 11 TDs against 8 picks.
Last season he sat for the first three games after losing the QB battle to Aidan O’Connell. Once AOC had his own injury Plummer was back. Purdue lost all three games, but Plummer threw for 832 yards and 8 TDs against only two interceptions (really 9 TDs, but Minnesota).
In short, it was not his fault.
Plummer is honestly my pick for QB1. He is more more mobile than AOC, though not as much as Burton. I think he has a higher upside and I really like the growth he has shown the last two years. He was thrown to the wolves unexpectedly in 2019 and got better each game before he got hurt. Last year he had the offense moving, but the defense was so bad and unable to get stops that he basically had to be perfect and score touchdowns on every drive. He still averaged over 300 yards and almost 3 scores per game with a 71% completion percentage. I think he seizes the reigns this year and really takes off.