Aidan O'Connell
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
O’Connell closed out the season as the starting quarterback for the Boilermakers after Jack Plummer went down with a season-ending ankle injury in early November and proceeded to post some fairly impressive numbers. Over the last three weeks, O’Connell averaged 322.7 passing yards and completed 62.0 percent of his passes, finishing out the campaign with a 8:4 TD:INT ratio. It’s worth noting that Plummer slotted ahead of him originally in the pecking order to succeed Elijah Sindelar at quarterback, so O’Connell will likely need to prove he’s the more deserving option. If he can win the job, O’Connell should be set up well for a breakout 2020 campaign with a pair of stud wide receivers at his disposal in Rondale Moore and David Bell. Read Past Outlooks
Leads Boilers to win in opener
October 27, 2020
O'Connell went 31-for-50 passing for 282 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions Saturday versus Iowa.
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While O'Connell did turn the ball over a pair of times, he led the Boilers on scoring drives in each of the last two possessions (minus the kneel-downs at the end of the game), including a game-winning touchdown drive late in the fourth capped by a five-yard touchdown pass to David Bell. With star wide receiver Rondale Moore likely rejoining the Boilers' wideout ranks in the near future, O'Connell's passing numbers could continue to shine moving forward.
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Starting Saturday
October 24, 2020
O'Connell will start Saturday's game against Iowa, Mark Emmert of The Des Moines Register reports.
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Tops 400 yards in finale
December 1, 2019
O'Connell completed 28 of his 49 pass attempts for 408 yards, three touchdowns and an interception Saturday versus Indiana.
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Big day versus Wisconsin
November 24, 2019
O'Connell threw for 289 yards, two touchdowns and an interception Saturday against Wisconsin.
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Up-and-down day versus Northwestern
November 11, 2019
O'Connell finished Saturday's game against Northwestern 34-for-50 passing for 271 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
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Set to assume starting role
November 4, 2019
O'Connell will assume the starting quarterback duties for the foreseeable future, with Jack Plummer (ankle) and Elijah Sindelar (collarbone) both likely out for the year, Tom Dienhart of GoldandBlack.com reports reports.
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