Report: Former UCLA QB transferring to Purdue
Purdue has addressed some of its quarterback concerns through the NCAA transfer portal.
Yahoo Sports college football writer Pete Thamel is reporting that former UCLA quarterback Austin Burton has decided to transfer to portal. Burton told Thamel of his decision in a phone interview.
Burton is expected to graduate from UCLA in July, making him a graduate transfer student-athlete. That status will allow Burton to have immediate eligibility with the Boilermakers and he’ll have two years to play once he arrives in West Lafayette.
Purdue entered the spring season with some questions at the quarterback position, with Jack Plummer and Aidan O’Connell expected to compete for the starting job. While both shined at times in the 2019 season, both showed their youth and inexperience under center as the Boilers finished 4-8.
At the end of the 2019 season, Elijah Sindelar decided to retire from football after sustaining numerous injuries at Purdue. He had previously been granted a sixth-year of eligibility from the NCAA due to medical hardship.
Burton started one game for UCLA in three seasons with the Bruins. The pro-style gunslinger completed 44-of-64 passes last season for 365 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. He also rushed for 100 yards and a score on 23 carries.