Senior highlight videos of Austin Appleby and Aloyis Gray have been finalized within the last week. Along with Bilal Marshall and preferred walk-on Erich Berzinskas, Appleby and Gray will be vying for the starting quarterback roles in the near future.
It’s likely that all of these players could redshirt their freshmen years, but they’ll play a big role in the future of Purdue football after Caleb TerBush and Robert Marve graduate. See the attached links:
- Austin Appleby: the 6-5 senior from Canton, Ohio was chosen as an Elite 11 quarterback. His stats were not overly impressive, but he has a big time arm and a great work ethic which is apparent to those of us who have seen Appleby’s performance in the prestigious Elite 11 competition. I expect him to redshirt with three older quarterbacks that have all started ahead of him, but he could develop into the Boilermaker quarterback of the future. Also, he tore his ACL during his junior year at Purdue, so hopefully he will be able to avoid this feared injury that has struck our Purdue athletes far too often.
- Aloyis Gray: the lanky 6-4 senior played his high school ball at Pike High School in Indianapolis. Disclaimer: he only started half of his senior season at quarterback. It’s unclear why he was replaced at quarterback, but this could indicate he’s likely to move to another position, like wide receiver (he’s actually listed as a WR on scout.com). He does have a strong arm and good athleticism. I think he’ll get a chance to play under center, but would not be surprised if he is moved to another position that needs his combination of size and athleticism.
- Bilal Marshall: we only have his junior highlights, but I linked them for the sake of comprehensiveness. Marshall is a dual threat quarterback with good touch and ability to evade defenders with his athleticism. He could also eventually move to another position, but he’ll certainly get a chance to earn the starting QB role.
- Erich Berzinskas: he is a preferred walk-on that has played a post-graduate year at Milford Academy in New York. He has all of the necessary physical tools to be successful and stranger things have happened in college sports than a walk-on earning the starting quarterback role.