2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Purdue Offense
Don’t be afraid to run. It was a strange anomaly early, losing the first two games to Northwestern and Eastern Michigan despite running for a 543 combined yards and averaging over eight yards per carry. The ground game failed to hit the 100-yard mark six times in the final 11 games, and the Boilermakers lost five of them.
On the flip side, after those first two games that Purdue was SO close to winning, it was 5-0 when it ran for 100 yards. In 2018 under Jeff Brohm when it ran for 100 yards or more? 5-2.
Biggest Key To The Purdue Defense
There have to be more plays behind the line from the front four. That’s where the kids kick in, with the great recruiting class of athletes – starting with George Karlaftis – needing to be throw into the mix right away.
How bad was it? Out of the 25 sacks last season, only seven came from the defensive front, and the top three producers weren’t linemen. Most of the big plays behind the line came from the linebacking corps, too. Of the paltry 61 tackles for loss, 33 came in four games.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Elijah Sindelar, Sr.
It’s all there. The 6-4, 225-pound size, the All-Big Ten smarts, the mobility, the arm, the system, the coach, the receiving corps … everything. Sindelar, though, has had injury issues over the course of his career and took a back seat to David Blough last season. This is his time to rise up and rock, and if he can stay in one piece, he’ll hit the 4,000-yard mark and get the NFL types fired up. If not, get ready for promising backups Jack Plummer and Nick Sipe to be the keys to the season.
Key Game To The Purdue Season
Minnesota, Sept. 28
This is one of those 50/50 games the Boilermakers can’t be on the wrong side of. As is, starting the season against Nevada on the road, Vanderbilt and TCU will be challenging, but after a week off, they have to win the home game to kick off the Big Ten season. Lose, and it’s uh-oh time with a trip to Penn State coming up and dates at Iowa, Northwestern and Wisconsin still to go.
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2018 Purdue Fun Stats
– Red Zone Scores: Purdue 90-of-98 (92%) – Opponents 90-of-112 (80%)
– Penalties: Opponents 96 for 919 yards – Purdue 81 for 837 yards
– Average Passing Yards Per Game: Purdue 307.5 – Opponents 288.4