With about four months left until their first game against Nebraska(hopefully), the Boilermakers surprised some people today by adding a new Quarterback. According to Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports, ex UCLA quarterback Austin Burton will be transferring to Purdue. Burton would be eligible to play right away, while also having two years of eligibility left.
So what do we know about this latest addition for Purdue? According to UCLA’s athletic page, Burton is listed at 6’2 and weighs 197 pounds. Burton was ranked as a 3-star recruit according to 247 sports out of Newton, Massachusetts. Burton also attended West Orange high school in Florida, during his senior year of high school.
While mostly a backup at UCLA, Burton did get some playing time. He saw action in 6 games in 2019, including getting a start against Oregon State, where he threw for 236 yards.
Adding Burton means some adding competition to what seems like an already crowded QB room. Besides Burton, Purdue will have 5 other quarterbacks on the roster with, Aidan O’Connell, Jack Plummer, Paul Piferi, Mike Alaimo and Jack Albers, all competing for the job. Before Burton, this definitely seemed like a two-man race between O’Connell and Plummer with both having started games in 2019, as both showed some flashes.
Overall the new addition is definitely something to keep an eye on, as the season gets closer. It will also be interesting to see how not having spring practice affects Burton’s ability to compete for the job. None the less, this new addition adds some competition and completion is never a bad thing.
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