Know your Opponent: Purdue

The Cardinals look to improve to 2-1 as they travel west to Purdue University to take on the Big Ten's Boilermakers.

Purdue 2010 record: 1-1, Loss to Notre Dame; Win over Western Illinois

Head Coach: Danny Hope (6-8, 2nd season with Purdue)

Offensive Coordinator: Gary Nord

Defensive Coordinator: Gary Emanuel & Donn Landholm

Mascot: The Boilermakers

Offensive starters:

QB – Robert Marve, 6-1 210, Jr.

TB – Dan Dierking, 5-10 195, Sr.

WR – Cortez Smith, 6-2 180, Sr.

WR – Antavian Edison, 5-11 175, So.

WR – Justin Siller, 6-4 215, Jr.

TE – Kyle Adams, 6-4 251, Sr.

LT – Dennis Kelly, 6-8 301, Jr.

LG – Justin Pierce, 6-4 320, Sr.

C – Peters Drey, 6-6 300, So.

RG – Ken Plue, 6-7 358, Jr.

RT – Nick Mondek, 6-5 300, Jr.

Overview: Marve starts his third game as the signal caller for the Boilermakers with mixed results in the first two. He has completed 71% of his passes, but has only 1 TD to 3 INTs. Dierking and Al-Terek McBurse will share the workload in the backfield. Dierking has ran for 158 yards and 2 scores while McBurse has added 79 yards and a TD. The receiving corps will be without top target Keith Smith who is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury so look for Cortez Smith and Siller to hand the bulk of the catches for a team that has had 10 different players catch passes.

Defensive starters:

DE – Gerald Gooden, 6-3 235, Jr.

DT – Justin Kitchens, 6-4 271, RFr..

DT – Kawann Short, 6-4 305, So.

DE – Ryan Kerrigan, 6-4 263, Sr.

MIKE – Dwayne Beckford, 6-1 228, So.

WILL – Joe Holland, 6-1 225, Jr.

SAM – Jason Werner, 6-4 232, 6th.

SS – Logan Link, 6-1 204, Jr.

FS – Albert Evans, 6-0 206, Jr.

CB – Ricardo Allen, 5-9 175, Fr.

CB – Mike Eargle, 6-0 165, Jr.

Overview: Everything will hinge on stopping Sr. DE Kerrigan who enters the game with 2 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss in the first 2 games. Also providing pressure will be So. Short (1 sack, 3 TFL) and SLB Werner (1 sack and 13 tackles). Purdue puts a lot of pressure on the QB with 6 totals sacks as a team and has forced 2 fumbles, but has yet to pick off a pass.

Specials

PK – Carson Wiggs, 6-0 197, Jr.

P – Cody Webster, 6-2 190, Fr.

PR - Waynelle Gravesande, 6-0 189, Jr.

KR – Dan Dierking, 5-10 195, Sr.

KR – O.J. Ross, 5-10 175, Fr.

Overview: Wiggs is perfect on the season, having hit both FGs and all 5 extra points. Either Webster or Wiggs will punt. Webester is averaging 37.4 per punt while Wiggs is averaging 40.9. Gravesande has only returned one punt this year and that was for 4 yards. Dierking, Ross and McBurse could and probably will all be seen returning kicks on Saturday. Ross has had the best productivity of the three with 31 yards per return.


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