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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 4 49 When Plummer's day comes, we don't know, but he does walk into a fascinating situation. One of Purdue's top options (Elijah Sindelar) is out this spring and, though David Blough is back he could be limited, and that could leave Plummer some first-team snap responsibilities. Considering Purdue's opinion of Plum- mer, what if he seizes the opportunity? Height: 6-5 Weight: 220 High School: Gilbert Hometown: Gilbert, Ariz. Senior Stats: 2,822 yards passing, 35 TDs / 7 int., 58.8 completion percentage P urdue targeted one quarterback during the 2018 recruiting cycle. And it got him, when Arizona's Jack Plummer committed early, ignored potential other suitors, and then signed in December. "To us," Jeff Brohm said, "he's the top quarterback in the country." When Plummer committed in June, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound pocket passer — he had 400 yards rushing in addition to his 2,800 passing — had offers from South Carolina, Oregon State, Arizona and others. But more, like Michigan, tried to get him during the season. Didn't work. Plummer is on campus now, having enrolled early, where he may get a share of first-teams snaps in the spring with David Blough being slowly worked back in. "He's so smart and studies the game like no other quarterback I've seen as a coach," said Gilbert High School coach Derek Zellner. "He's completely dialed in, a 4.5 GPA, and understands the game and does exactly what you ask him to do. Talk about a field general. It's amazing." Gilbert runs a wide-open offense similar to Purdue, so that should help ease Plummer's transition. And it helps, Zellner says, that Plummer can make all the necessary throws to succeed at a Big Ten level. "He throws a great deep ball," Zellner said. "... His accuracy is tremendous and he knows when to throw the hard ball, the ball with touch, the back-side fade, back-shoulder throw, and when to put a deep ball on a line or with a great trajectory. He just has a tremendous quarterback presence and skill set. He can see the field well and knows what balls to throw and when." The Purdue Fit Did You Know? Jack Plummer is not relat- ed to former Arizona State and NFL quarterback Jake Plummer, even though both have ties to the Grand Can- yon State. The question is frequently asked, however. Jack Plummer Quarterback "Plummer has an excellent arm and his passes look effortless all over the field. At his size, it's also surprising to see him escape pressure so well and then keep his eyes down- field to find open receivers. In Purdue's system, Plummer could really excel. If I'm nitpicking about his game, I'm not crazy about him com- pleting only about 58 percent of his passes against average competition this season. But Plummer is a really talented kid who probably deserves a higher ranking." — West Coast analyst Adam Gorney take Action photo by Tom Campbell

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