Facing the 1-0 TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium, co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Nick Holt and the Purdue defense are preparing for the challenge of seeing two different quarterbacks.
After allowing 30-plus points in four of their last five games in 2018, head coach Jeff Brohm made the decision to move Holt from the sideline to the booth for the first two games of the season. Seeing only slight improvement against Nevada and Vanderbilt, it looks like Holt will coach from the sidelines again on Saturday.
“Well, that would be the guess going into this game,” Brohm said.
“I think that would be a good guess, yes.”
One of the reasons for this move is the difficulty the TCU offense will represent. Playing both redshirt senior Alex Delton and freshman Max Duggan in the season-opening win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the Horned Frogs plan to do the same on Saturday.
“I think we’ll start out the same way and then we’ll have series,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said.
“They both played well and they both have strengths.”
Duggan put up superior statistics, throwing for 165 yards and a touchdown vs. Ark.-Pine Bluff. Delton only completed 10-22 passes, but led the Horned Frogs with 67 yards rushing.
Wrapping up a very difficult non-conference schedule, the Boilermakers are looking to get above .500 for the first time in 2019. After the season-opening collapse in Reno, Purdue bounced back with a 42-24 victory over Vanderbilt.
Saturday’s game will kick at 7:30PM ET and will be televised on The Big Ten Network.