Purdue has its starting quarterback entering fall camp.
While some coaches don’t like to name a No. 1 guy this far in advance of the season, Jeff Brohm had no trouble saying that Elijah Sindelar is penciled in as the starter to begin the year. There won’t be much competition at the position, at least right now.
“You want to get the backup some experience but right now, we’re not going into the season thinking that,” Brohm said at B1G Media Days, according to the Indianapolis Star. “Elijah is our starter right now and we’re going to give him an opportunity to play and showcase what he’s all about.”
Sindelar returns with plenty of experience, but is coming off an injury that kept him off the field for most of the 2018 season. After starting in the first two games last fall, Sindelar didn’t play in the remaining 11 contests. Strong play from David Blough and an injury left him on the sideline during Purdue’s 6-7 campaign.
Most of Sindelar’s experience comes from the 2017 season, when he split time with Blough but ended the year as the Boilermakers’ starter and leading passer. He appeared in 12 of 13 games, throwing for 2,099 yards and 18 touchdowns with a nearly 57 percent completion rate.
He started the final four games of the season while suffering from a torn ACL.
In his first three years at Purdue, Sindelar has demonstrated he’s capable of being the guy under center. Issues with consistency and the injury bug have hindered him, however, especially over the last two years.
But Brohm is confident in Sindelar’s ability and will give him the chance to lead Purdue’s offense for the entire season.