David Blough named starting quarterback at Purdue

Purdue quarterback David Blough (11) throws against Nebraska during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – For a fourth straight year, the Purdue football team will begin the season with a different quarterback.

Head coach Darrell Hazell announced David Blough as the team’s starting quarterback on Monday.

“David’s done a great job getting himself ready to have a great season,” Hazell said. “He’s made outstanding decisions with the football in his hands, protecting the football and I think this team is ready to go very far with him as our quarterback.”

Blough, a sophomore, was competing for the starting job with redshirt freshman Elijah Sindelar.

“Having the trust from coach Hazell and the entire coaching staff is most important to me,” Blough said. “I’m ready to lead this team this season. It’s been a great experience so far and I’m looking to take the next couple steps in and be ready to go for Sept. 3.”

Blough started eight games for the Boilermakers last season. He completed 169 of 293 pass attempts for 1,574 yards. The Carolltown, Texas native threw 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

The other three quarterbacks to start opening day under Hazell: Rob Henry (2013), Danny Etling (2014) and Austin Appleby (2015).

Purdue opens the season on Sept. 3 against Eastern Kentucky at Ross-Ade Stadium.

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