Don’t Hop Off the Boilermaker Bandwagon

Now in the
family the saying is there is no such thing as a good loss, wins are
wins and losses are losses but that doesn’t mean you can’t take away
positives. The Boilermakers lost at Iowa 26-20 but an extremely young
team looks like the coaches are earning their money and coaching this
team up once again.

Already this
season Purdue has lost starting QB Elijah Sindelar, LB Markus Bailey,
S Marvin Grant and RB Richie Worship with DT Lorenzo Neal still out
and WR Rondale Moore still sidelined. An already young team has had
more youngsters needed to step in, at some of the most important
positions. That would be a tall task for any team and reasonable to
expect a bit of a lost season.

After the blow
outs at the hands of Minnesota and Penn State it would have been
reasonable to think post season play was already out for Brohm’s
squad this season, especially with the Nevada loss. However, the
40-14 win against Maryland gave fans hope. Now the team is 2-5 with
Illinois, Northwestern and IU still on the schedule. The other two
games are home against Nebraska and at Wisconsin. It would seem
pretty safe to pencil the Badgers in for a win, even after the loss at
Illinois, but those other four are possible.

With the
consensus All-American out, and plenty of other WR beat up, it seemed
like the offense may be dead in the water with no real running game
but the big time WR recruiting class is showing up, namely David
Bell. Back-to-back Big Ten Freshman of the week have fans salivating
for when Moore comes back, and the future.

Bell is fresh
off a 13 catches for 197 yards and a TD to go with 9 catches for 138
yards and 2 scores against Maryland. Let’s not forget the NFL
prospect TE Brycen Hopkins. Jack Plummer threw for 420 yards and 3 TD
against Maryland and 327 yards 2TD and 1 INT against a tough Iowa
defense. The kid is playing well despite a limited running game.

It was easy to
jump off the Boilermaker Special with the team but Brohm’s staff has
shown it may take them a second but they can figure out their team in
the season and play tough. Let’s not forget a top 25 class came to
West Lafayette this year with a #26 class on paper already for 2020.
Already there’s a 4* TE, 4* RB, 4* QB and 4* S with verbals to wear
black and gold next season.

Bozos on the
net were criticizing how much money Brohm was getting coming in to
this season after a 13-13 record and 1-1 bowl record two seasons in,
but how can you not look at what’s happening and still feel very
positive about Purdue. Yes the slow starts have to stop but the
amount of talent coming to Prude each season is getting better and
better. It’ll still be a really young team next year with a few more
freshmen likely to see significant time but having all these kids
play just means there will be a lot of snaps returning for next
season.

It was one of
the toughest schedules in 2019, and next year has Memphis and Air
Force home and at Boston College for the non-conference with Iowa,
Michigan and Wisconsin in conference play, but this program is
recruiting at a tier two level in the Big Ten. They aren’t going to
out recruit the blue bloods but Brohm has his team right behind them.
We know the coaching is there and the talent keeps coming. We’ll see
if they get to a bowl game in 2019 but there’s no reason to jump off
the Boilermaker bandwagon.