What You Need To Know About The Purdue Offense
– It was good, but it could be a whole lot better. Offensive coordinators Brian Brohm and JaMarcus Shephard have more experience and skill to work with now, but they need the key parts to be healthy. The Jeff Brohm offense is supposed to be a whole lot better than 403 yards and 25 points per game – and it will be.
– The quarterback talent is there, but is anyone healthy? Elijah Sindelar is the team’s best offensive star, but he played through a torn ACL and still needs to come back and be the same sort of playmaker who helped make the O shine over the second half of the season. David Blough is a team-leader with the talent to lead the team, too, but he has to get back after a brutal ankle injury.
There’s more talent waiting in the wings. New recruit Jack Plummer is the big-time passer for the near-future, and Nick Sipe is a bomber, too. The Boilermakers will be fine no matter who’s under center, but the receivers have to come through after losing a few of the key targets.
Jackson Anthrop is a terrific short range receiver who can do a whole lot more, but the tight ends will be the stars. Brycen Hopkins and Cole Herdman combined for 45 catches with six scores – they’ll be the go-to guys in key situations.
– The running backs are in place to do a whole lot more. Markell Jones came up huge late in the season – destroying Indiana for 217 yards – and D.J. Knox can produce, too. There’s more for the rotation, with the top five running backs from last year returning. Now someone has to block for them.
The line was fine, but not amazing. This year, the front five is loaded with experience after going with a hodgepodge unit that was good enough to get by. This year, with the return of Grant Hermanns from a knee injury, the Purdue starting five should actually be a plus for the first time in a long time.
Biggest Key To The Purdue Offense
Keep the offense moving. The Jeff Brohm offenses are known for their explosion and their unrelenting production, but that also means they have to be consistent. Last year’s offense had way too tough time just keeping drives going, converting a lousy 33% of its third down chances, bottoming out by going 0-for-12 against Michigan.
The magic mark was 36%. The Boilermakers went 6-1 when doing that or better. and 1-5 when they didn’t. They’ll hit way over 40% on a regular basis this year.