Purdue football beat writer Mike Carmin has noticed a culture change since Jeff Brohm took over as the Boilermakers’ coach this past December.
Carmin — who works for the Journal & Courier of Lafayette, Indiana — saw it in the spring, and he saw it during fall camp. There is more effort. Players are buying in. They’ve embraced their new coach in West Lafayette, Indiana.
“They’re tired of losing,” Carmin said. “They’re tired of getting embarrassed.”
With that said, the writer does not necessarily think Purdue is a team on the verge of winning six games and making a bowl. The Boilermakers have won only nine games since 2014, and there is a lack of depth on their roster. They don’t have SEC-level talent, Carmin said.
The game still poses an interesting challenge for Missouri. Purdue kept up with No. 14 Louisville in a 35-28 Week 1 loss, and the Boilermakers beat Ohio soundly, 44-21, in their second game.
“I guess the question is, ‘Can Purdue keep up with Missouri if they’re scoring?’” Carmin said. “And while their offense has looked good in the first two games, I’m not sure that Purdue can do that right now.”
Two quarterbacks, David Blough and Elijah Sindelar, have split snaps for the Boilermakers in their opening games. Brohm is throwing a wrinkle in Missouri’s preparation ahead of Saturday’s game and said Monday he will not announce the team’s starting quarterback until game day.
Carmin said he expects the quarterback competition to continue at least through the first month of the season….
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