Sindelar Pledges Bowl Fraternity
Dec. 26, 2017

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SAN FRANCISCO - Elijah Sindelar appreciates the fraternity he will join Wednesday.

The redshirt sophomore will become the 10th Purdue quarterback to start a bowl game when the Boilermakers play Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl.

Sindelar will join Kyle Orton (four bowls); Drew Brees and Mark Herrmann (three apiece); Curtis Painter (two); and Billy Dicken, Jim Everett, Bob Griese, Robert Marve and Caleb TerBush (one each). The previous nine boast a combined 5-4 record in their first postseason starts.

"What a blessing," Sindelar said. "It's an honor to even be considered in the same category as some of those guys. Just to be in the conversation is really cool. What an honor."

Since assuming the role of full-time starter after the season-ending injury to junior David Blough against Illinois on Nov. 4, Sindelar has completed 59.4 percent of his passes (76 of 128) for 796 yards with eight touchdowns and merely one interception.

"When David did go down and being the starter did fall on my shoulders, I was prepared because I had started a couple games early on in the season," Sindelar said. "It was just a matter of building on those games and leading the team the best I could."

Overall for the season, Sindelar has thrown for 1,703 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions while completing 55.8 percent of his passes.

It has been a month since the Boilermakers defeated Indiana 31-24 in the Old Oaken Bucket Game to become bowl eligible, and they are eager to get back on the field. Winning the bowl game is paramount.

"Everyone remembers your last game, and the Indiana game is not going to be our last game," head coach Jeff Brohm said. "It's going to be against Arizona, and we want to make sure we go out on a good note. That's going to mean playing hard, playing tough and playing smart. I am hopeful that our guys show up ready to play, they put forth a great effort and lay it on the line, and take pride in representing Purdue University and the Big Ten Conference."

On Tuesday, the Boilermakers conducted a morning walk-thru at their hotel, and Brohm and the team captains participated in a pep rally along with Arizona. Brohm, Sindelar, senior defensive end Danny Ezechukwu and junior center Kirk Barron represented the Boilermakers at the bowl press conference. A team meeting and position meetings were scheduled for the evening.

Kickoff for Purdue (6-6) and Arizona (7-5) is set for 8:30 p.m. ET from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The game will be televised by FOX.


* Purdue's .529 winning percentage in bowl games (9-8 record) ranks second among Big Ten schools that have played in more than one. Penn State leads the way at .611 (11-7) as a conference member. Rutgers is 1-0.

* Junior running back Markell Jones ranks 13th in Purdue history with 1,971 career rushing yards. Senior defensive tackle Gelen Robinson ranks tied for 16th with 12.5 career sacks and 17th with 32.5 career tackles for loss.

* Junior tight end Cole Herdman has caught a pass in 28 consecutive games.



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