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David Blough
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Blough in 2017
No. 10 – Detroit Lions
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1995-07-31) July 31, 1995 (age 25)
Carrollton, Texas
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Creekview (Carrollton, Texas)
College:Purdue
Undrafted:2019
Career history
* Cleveland Browns ( 2019)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
* Third Team All-Big Ten (2018)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

David Marshall Blough (born July 31, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was Purdue's backup quarterback in 2015 and led the Boilermakers to a win against Nebraska. As a redshirt sophomore in 2016, he started 12 games and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. Blough was selected by ESPN.com as the thirty-fifth best high school quarterback. He signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent at the conclusion of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Early yearsEdit

Blough was born in 1995 in Carrollton, Texas.[1] His mother, LuAnn Blough is a cancer survivor.[2] Blough is the youngest of three brothers; his older brothers are Matthew and Daniel.[3]

Blough played high school football for Creekview High School in Carrollton, Texas.[4] He was a lightly recruited Texas high school athlete who was being recruited by the likes of Purdue, Memphis and New Mexico State after his junior season in which he completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,777 yards and 17 touchdowns against just three interceptions. He also ran for 244 yards and six scores.[5]

Blough was rated as the seventh best pocket passer quarterback in the national class of 2014, according to ESPN during The Opening rankings,[6] but was later rated as the thirty-fifth best pocket passer.[7] Other ratings services also had Blough in their class of 2014 rankings: 19 by Rivals.com and 26 by Scout.com following his reclassification.[8][9] Blough appeared in the 2013 Elite 11, where he had an early lead as the camp's MVP;[10] however, he ended up losing to Sean White.[11]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
David Blough
QB
Carrollton, Texas Creekview H. S. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 4.73 Jun 16, 2013 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 26 (Pro-Style QB)   Rivals: 19 (QB), 56 (TX)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College careerEdit

Commitment and redshirt seasonEdit

In May 2013, Blough received a scholarship offer, and verbally committed to play college football at Purdue University following his visit on June 15, 2013.[12] On December 16, 2013, he signed his National Letter of Intent.[13] In January 2014, he enrolled early at Purdue.[14] He attended Purdue's spring camp in April 2014 under coach Darrell Hazell.[15] Blough redshirted his entire freshman season for the 2014 Boilermakers as sophomore Danny Etling was named the team's starter.[16]

2015 seasonEdit

As a redshirt freshman for the 2015 Boilermakers, Blough began the season as a backup to Austin Appleby. Blough was the backup on a roster that had just three scholarship quarterbacks. True freshman Elijah Sindelar was recovering from a high school knee injury, and Hazell wished to redshirt him. Blough made his Purdue debut on September 12, 2015, throwing one incomplete pass in a three-and-out series in the closing minutes of a victory over Indiana State.[17] Hazell ultimately decided to redshirt Sindelar during the 2015 season, resulting in Blough seeing playing time as Appleby's principal backup. Blough completed three passes in seven attempts against Virginia Tech on September 19.[18]

On September 22, Blough was officially named Purdue's starting quarterback, replacing Appleby.[19] Blough completed 29 of his 39 passing attempts for 340 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but the Boilermakers fell 28–35 to the Bowling Green Falcons.[20] In his second career start, Blough lead the Boilermakers to a near-upset of #2 Michigan State.[21] Blough had completed 13 of 23 passes with a touchdown and an interception when Purdue received the ball with 2:51 minutes left in the game with Purdue down 3 points. Blough finished the final drive 2 for 8, including 3-straight incomplete passes to end Purdue's hopes at an upset.[22] In his fifth start on October 31 against Nebraska, Blough completed 28 of 43 passes for 274 yards with four touchdown passes and no interceptions while also running for 82 yards and a touchdown to earn Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors.[23][24] On November 14, Blough completed 26 of 45 passes for 287 yards with a touchdown and an interceptions as Purdue was narrowly defeated by #24 Northwestern.[25] Blough started the following hoping to lead the Boilermakers to an upset of #6 Iowa, but he was injured during the first quarter of the game.[26] Two day later it was announced Blough had suffered a concussion[27] and was ruled out against the Indiana.[28] Blough finished his redshirt freshman season with 169 completions in 293 attempts, eight interceptions, ten touchdown passes, 1,574 passing yards, and a 57% completion percentage.

2016 seasonEdit

Purdue's 2016 spring practice featured a quarterback battle between Blough and redshirt freshman Elijah Sindelar.[29] After spring practice, press reports indicated that Blough was leading the competition.[30] Blough and Sindelar were the starters in the April 16 spring game.[31] Blough passed for 226 yards but was intercepted twice as his team was defeated 17–23.[32]

On August 22, 2016, Blough was named the starting quarterback.[33] In the opening game, Blough led Purdue to a 45–24 victory over Eastern Kentucky. On Purdue's first drive, Blough found Tario Fuller on a screen pass for a 27-yard gain. For the game, he completed 25 of 43 passes for 245 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception while also running for two touchdowns.[34][35] In his third start of the season on September 24 against Nevada, Blough completed 21 of 30 passes for 300 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception to rally Purdue to a 24–14 victory.[36] On October 8, Blough's fourth quarter pass to Cameron Posey against Illinois set up a game-tying touchdown run by Richie Worship for Purdue first win against Illinois since the 2014 Boilermakers beat the 2014 Fighting Illini.[37] After leading Purdue to a 3–2 start, Blough and Purdue lost to Iowa 49–35 on October 15, throwing a career high five touchdowns.[38] The loss lead to head coach Darrell Hazell's dismissal.[39] On November 5, Blough almost knocked off Minnesota on the road. He posted 4 touchdowns, but had 1 interception in the loss.[40] Following the season, Blough was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches.[41]

2017 seasonEdit

Blough entered training camp in a quarterback battle, with his primary competition being redshirt sophomore Elijah Sindelar and redshirt freshman Jared Sparks.[42] Blough was injured during Purdue's scrimmage on August 12, 2017, but was not expected to miss the season opener.[43] Blough began the season opener against #16 Louisville Cardinals as the backup to Sindelar.[44] Blough came in during the second quarter and sparked the struggling Purdue offense, leading two touchdown drives to give Purdue the lead and increase their lead. However late in the third Blough was intercepted twice, including 61-yard touchdown for Louisville. Blough returned to the bench the rest of the game in favor of Sindelar. Blough finished the game with 175 passing yards.[45] On September 8, Blough completed six of seven attempts in the first half for 174 yards and 2 touchdowns. He finished the game 11-for-13 passing for 235 yards and three scores. This would have been considered a perfect passer rating by NFL standards.[46]

2018 seasonEdit

Blough's 572 passing yards on September 15, 2018 against Missouri broke the former record, when Curtis Painter threw for 546 against Central Michigan in 2007.[47]

StatisticsEdit

NCAA career statistics
Purdue Boilermakers
Season Games Games
started
Record Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards Avg Lng Pct. TD Int QB rating Att Yards Avg Lng TD
2014
Redshirt
2015 10 8 1–7 169 293 1,574 5.4 83 57.7 10 8 108.6 67 94 1.4 56 4
2016 12 12 3–9 295 517 3,352 6.5 89 57.1 25 21 119.4 80 13 0.2 20 4
2017 9 5 3–2 102 157 1,103 7.0 62 65.0 9 4 137.8 42 103 2.5 21 2
2018 12 11 6–5 283 425 3,521 9.0 74 66.5 25 8 159.1 38 43 1.1 21 2
Career 43 36 13–23 849 1,382 9,550 6.8 89 61.4 64 41 126.8 227 253 1.1 56 12

Reference[48]

Professional careerEdit

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Blough was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2019.[49]

Detroit LionsEdit

Blough was traded to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a swap of conditional seventh round draft picks in 2022 on August 30, 2019.[50]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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