The NCAA had some good news to give Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar recently. He’s getting a sixth year of eligibility, allowing him to play for two more seasons beginning this fall. According to a report from the Journal & Courier, Sindelar and Purdue received the good news from the NCAA offices on Wednesday.
“It made me feel really good to know I’ve got two more years, especially with guys like Rondale Moore and David Bell,” Sindelar told the Journal & Courier. “I love where the program is going and to be a part of it for another year will be phenomenal.”
The comfort of knowing Sindelar will be around for the next two full seasons should be a nice luxury for Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm, as having an experienced quarterback is always nice to have for a coach trying to build up a program the way Brohm is at Purdue. Of course, Sindelar could still be gone after this upcoming season, but knowing the extra year is an option helps.
Sindelar sat out the spring for the Boilermakers as he recovered from a knee injury suffered early in the spring. Sindelar has battled knee injuries during his time at Purdue, although that didn’t stop him from contributing to a bowl victory.
Sindelar is the frontrunner to be the starting quarterback at Purdue this season as the Boilermakers replace David Blough. Sindelar appeared in just two games last year due to his knee, but he played in 12 games for Purdue in 2017, completing 56.8 percent of his passes for 2,099 yards and 18 touchdowns with seven interceptions.
There has been no official word, but word out of the Purdue spring practices could cause some alarm. Quarterback Elijah Sindelar is reportedly dealing with a hyperextended knee injury that forced him to miss practice on Saturday. His status for the remainder of the spring remains unknown, but Associated Press freelance reporter Atreya Verma reports Sindelar could be out for the remainder of the spring.
Sindelar is expected to be the frontrunner for the starting job for the Boilermakers this season as Purdue looks to replace David Blough. This isn’t the first time Sindelar has had an injured knee. He helped Purdue win a bowl game despite playing with a torn ACL. This latest knee injury is the same knee as the previous injury, which is why there may be some extra caution this spring.
Not having Sindelar for the rest of the spring does hurt with forming the offensive cohesiveness that will be needed in the fall but should allow some other options to get a few extra reps in the meantime.
Clayton Thorson got the start for Northwestern and helped Northwestern take a 14-0 lead in the first quarter at Purdue. But a planned quarterback switch to TJ Green may have gotten in the way of some early momentum for the Wildcats as Purdue rallied to tie the game at 14-14 in a wild first quarter. Northwestern regained some control in the second quarter and leads Purdue, 31-17, at halftime of the Big Ten opener. The Wildcats have scored three touchdowns off three Purdue turnovers.
It was Northwestern’s defense making a play on the opening drive of the game when JR Pace picked off a pass from Boilermakers quarterback Elijah Sindelar. Eleven plays later, Northwestern took a 7-0 lead to capitalize off the turnover. Jeremy Larkin took the ball across the goal line on the ground. After a quick three-and-out by the Purdue offense, the Wildcats added another touchdown with John Moten IV running in from two yards out. The touchdown drive was highlighted by a 46-yard run by Larkin.
Purdue scored touchdowns on their next two offensive possessions and needed just seven plays between the two drives to cover 145 yards to the end zone. The game-tying score, at the time, was scored by Rondale Moore on a 76-yard play on a 3rd and 1.
Buckle up for the second half. This one could be a wild one.