CHICAGO, Ill. (WLFI) — Some things don't change.
The Purdue football team enters the 2018 season in a similar fashion to a year ago: David Blough and Elijah Sindelar are once again vying to start at quarterback.
But head coach Jeff Brohm, who plans on announcing his starter a week and a half before the team's season opener, is focused on improving in other areas specifically the defense.
The Boilermakers lose seven starters from last year including leading tackler Ja'Whaun Bentley. Bentley was selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.
In addition to personnel changes, Purdue kicks off the new season against a Big Ten foe in Northwestern on August 30 at Ross-Ade Stadium, one of 11 Power Five teams on its schedule.
"We're playing a Big Ten game to start off with and they're a great team," said junior linebacker Markus Bailey. "I believe that this year we can start to keep closing that gap and that's the goal for the season to keep closing the gap and make the perception that Purdue is one of the better teams."
“In whatever he does, coach Brohm has been successful," said senior quarterback David Blough. "He’s had good quarterback play and he’s instilled a winning culture at Purdue.”
“I feel like I’ve been able to learn a lot from a guy who’s done it before, who’s played in the NFL, and been successful,” said junior quarterback Elijah Sindelar.