Seeking their third straight win in the rivalry, the Purdue Boilermakers host the Indiana Hoosiers in the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket on Saturday.
As has been for the case for each of the last seven games, it looks as if the Boilermakers will take the field without their most potent player on offense, sophomore wide receiver Rondale Moore.
Derek Schultz of the Query and Schultz Show shared the latest comments from head coach Jeff Brohm on Twitter:
Brohm on Rondale Moore's status: "He's worked extremely hard to get back on the field. But, he's not where he needs to be with his explosiveness. While we want to go out there and try to win, we don't want to jeopardize anyone's future."
(Wasn't sure of his status for Saturday.)
— Derek Schultz (@Schultz975) November 27, 2019
A Louisville, Kentucky native, Moore was a four-star prospect in the 2018 class. Paying immediate dividends for Brohm, he caught 114 passes for 1,258 yards (11 AVG) and 12 touchdowns as a freshman.
Suffering a knee injury in the team’s loss to No. 8 Minnesota on September 28, Moore was off to an equally impressive start in 2019, totaling 29 receptions for 387 yards (13.3 AVG) and a pair of scores.
At just 4-7, Purdue will miss a bowl game for the first time in Brohm’s three-year tenure. Looking ahead, however, there are reasons for optimism. In addition to Moore, quarterbacks Aidan O’Connell and Jack Plummer, running back King Doerue and wideout David Bell are all underclassmen.
Saturday’s action from Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette will kick at 12:00PM ET on ESPN2.