Former Purdue QB David Blough to be assistant QB coach with Washington Commanders

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Former Purdue quarterback David Blough is moving into a new phase of his football life, taking a position as assistant quarterbacks coach of the Washington Commanders.

A source close to Blough confirmed the news after Blough’s mother shared the information on her Facebook page.

Blough, 28, will join a Washington franchise in transition with a new owner and a new coach in Dan Quinn.

Blough spent the past five years in the NFL with the Browns, Lions, Vikings and Cardinals. He most recently was on the Lions roster as a practice squad member in 2023.

Blough may be best remembered for forming a strong friendship with Purdue super fan Tyler Trent in the 2018 season. Trent’s spirit in the face of a battle with cancer that ultimately took his life moved the program and the nation.

The Carrollton, Texas, native redshirted at Purdue in 2014. He went on to lead the program in passing in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Blough ranks No. 4 at Purdue in career passing yards with 9,734 yards. His 69 passing touchdowns are No. 3. Blough threw for a school single-game record 572 yards vs. Missouri in 2018 and helped the program to two bowls under Jeff Brohm.

Blough entered the NFL in 2019 as an undrafted free agent with the Browns, getting traded to the Lions during training camp. He started five games that season in Detroit, completing 54 percent of his passes for 984 yards with four TDs and six interceptions. He also caught a TD pass in 2019.

Blough played two more years in Detroit before landing with the Vikings and Cardinals 2022. Blough started two games for the Cardinals that season, hitting 65 percent of his passes for 402 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Blough steps away from the field having completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,435 yards with six touchdowns and nine interceptions. He ran 14 times for 60 yards. Blough played in nine games and made seven starts in five seasons.

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