Saturday at Noon the Cincinnati Bearcats will be heading to Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana to take on the Purdue Boilermakers. Cincinnati last played Purdue in 2013 at Nippert Stadium and beat them 42-7, which was also Tommy Tuberville’s first game as head coach.
Bearcat Insider wanted to take a look at the Boilermakers offense and defense so #BearcatNation wouldn’t be out the loop on Saturday.
The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network, so for those who can’t make the trip, stay locked in on TV and in our message boards because we will have a live thread going and will be making the trip to West Lafayette.
The offense is led by offensive coordinator Terry Malone. Malone is also the tight ends coach and this is his second season with the Boilermakers. His unit is currently average 45 points per game after just a whooping one game.
Sophomore quarterback David Blough had a solid game against Eastern Kentucky sporting a stat line of 245 yards on 25 of 43 attempts, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Blough also added 18 yards rushing on 4 attempts. There is no question Blough will be leading the offense against the Bearcats on Saturday and he is some threat to run.
Sophomore running back Markell Jones will be the main key for the Bearcats defense. Jones had 24 carries for 145 yards and 1 touchdown against Eastern Kentucky. Jones is also a check down threat as he has 4 catches for 24 yards also.
The teams leading receiver is senior wide receiver Domonique Young. Young had 8 catches for 74 yards in the Boilermakers first game. The Bearcats defense will have to locate Young as it seems him and Blough connect a lot for chain moving plays.
The Boilermakers defense is led by defensive coordinator Ross Els. Els is in his first year with the program and also is the safeties coach. Currently his unit is giving up 24 points per game, but they showed a knack for making plays during their first game.
Sophomore defensive tackle Eddy Wilson and senior defensive end Evan Panfil lead the way on the Boilermakers defensive line they had 5 and 3 tackles respectively and .5 sacks. Like most power five conference teams, they have solid size up front.
In game one junior linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley was all over the field ending up with 9 tackles. Bentley is a big boy at 6’2” and 250 pounds and that’s on the media guide so he could be bigger. Cincinnati will make sure they have to put a hat on him.
This secondary had two of the three interceptions in game one, safety Leroy Clark and cornerback Josh Hayes were the players with the interceptions. This group seems active so we will see how it plays out on Saturday.
|Purdue Boilermakers Depth Chart - 2016|
|WR||DeAngelo Yancey||Anthony Mahoungou|
|TE||Cole Herdman||Brycen Hopkins|
|LT||Martesse Patterson||Jalen Neal|
|LG||Jason King||Peyton Truitt|
|C||Kirk Barron||Michael Mendez|
|RG||Jordan Ross||Bearooz Yacoobi|
|RT||Matt McCann||Cameron Cermin|
|WR||Cameron Posey||Bilal Marshall|
|QB||David Blough||Elijah Sindelar|
|FB||Domonique Young||Jarrett Burgess|
|HB||Markell Jones||Tario Fuller||Brian Lankford-Johnson|
|Base 4-3 Defense|
|LDE||Jake Replogle||Langston Newton|
|LDT||Eddy Wilson||Alex Criddle|
|RDT||Evan Panfil||Wyatt Cook|
|RDE||Austin Larkin||Gelen Robinson|
|WLB||Markus Bailey||Andy James Garcia|
|MLB||Ja'Whaun Bentley||Garrett Hudson|
|SLB||Danny Ezechukwu||Jimmy Herman|
|CB||Da'Wan Hunte||Tim Cason|
|SS||Leroy Clark||Robert Gregory|
|FS||Navon Mosely||C.J. Parker|
|CB||Myles Norwood||Joshua Hayes|