Preview 2018: Purdue Boilermakers. That Was Great. Now Do It Again

Preview 2018: Purdue Boilermakers. That Was Great. Now Do It Again

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Preview 2018: Purdue Boilermakers. That Was Great. Now Do It Again

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Best Purdue Offensive Player

QB Elijah Sindelar, Jr.
There’s a chance the 6-4, 225-pounder doesn’t even start after coming back from a torn ACL he played through over the last few weeks of the season. But if and when he’s right, he’s the best of an excellent lot of quarterback options.

He stepped in when David Blough went down and finished with close to 2,100 yards with 18 touchdowns and seven picks, blowing up against Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl with 396 yards and four scores. He’s not a runner and he needs to be more consistent, but the talent is there to blow up if he’s in one piece.

2. RB Markell Jones, Sr.
3. QB David Blough, Sr.
4. WR Jackson Anthrop, Soph.
5. OT Eric Swingler, Sr.

Best Purdue Defensive Player

LB Markus Bailey, Jr.
The 6-1, 235-pounder is an all-star on the field and in the classroom. Now he’s the leader of a rebuilt linebacking corps that should be fine, but will take a step back.

He can do it all, coming up with 89 tackles with seven sacks and 11 tackles for loss as the team’s most disruptive defensive star, and he can thump. A tackling machine, he came up with 97 stops in his first full season. He might hit 100 in his third year in the mix.

2. DT Lorenzo Neal, Jr.
3. S Jacob Thieneman, Sr.
4. S Navon Mosley, Jr.
5. LB Derrick Barnes, Jr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

OT Eric Swingler, Sr. 
The offensive line struggled a bit for the running game, and it had a hard time in pass protection on a consistent basis. There was a whole lot of patching to be done after left tackle Grant Hermanns got hurt with a knee injury, and Swingler stepped up and turned in a good-enough season at the space. Now he gets to move to a better spot.

Hermanns is back, and Swingler goes over to the right side to potentially give the Boilermakers a bigger boost up front. The interior is experienced, and now the tackles could become a big plus. The skill players are there, and Swingler – who could still play on the left side if needed – and the line have to help make everyone go.

Key Game To The Purdue Season

Northwestern, Aug. 30 
Purdue closed out last season with four wins in the final five games, with the one misfire coming in Evanston with a power outage 23-13 loss. This year, it’s the season and Big Ten opener, and it’s a huge chance for the Boilermakers to prove that last year wasn’t a fluke. Even more than that, it’s a division battle – it’s a chance to jump out to a hot start.

With Missouri, Boston College and Nebraska to deal with over the rest of September,

2017 Purdue Fun Stats

– 2nd Quarter Scoring: Purdue 112 – Opponents 55
– Field Goals: Opponents 15-of-15 – Purdue 17-of-24
– Penalties: Opponents 90 for 778 yards – Purdue 75 for 658 yards

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