Purdue Week: Marshal Yanda Transcript

Marshal Yanda spoke with the media on Tuesday. Read what Iowa's RT had to say about the development of the offensive line, improvements that need to be made, near-misses against Ohio State and much more in this premium transcript.

Q: Have you guys kind of turned the corner, getting things worked out?

Marshal Yanda: Yeah. Things are starting to come together more. We're close on a lot of players. Last Saturday we were close on a lot of plays, run blocking, stuff like that. This week's going to hopefully bring us all together and the offense will really be able to take off on Saturday.

Q: Their defense is beat up in the secondary, your defense is beat up in the secondary. Does this game then become a battle of two offenses just punching each other out?

Yanda: I probably wouldn't say that. I would say that even though our defense is banged up, the next guy in is going to step up and play hard. The defense is going to have to play a good game as well as the offense. It's still going to be 50/50.

Q: You guys have 3 running backs that shuffle in and out. Does it change what you guys do depending on who is in the game?

Yanda: Not at all. If Damian, Shonn, or Albert is in there, it doesn't matter who's in there. We're all going to try the same, the blocking schemes don't change a bit.

Q: How well is Young performing?

Yanda: I couldn't tell ya. I'd say he's been doing really well from a fundamental standpoint. I'm not a running back, so I don't know the details of that. I'd say he's doing a real good job.

Q: For the offense to turn the corner, you guys have struggled to get things going in the first quarter, how important is it to get the early score?

Yanda: It makes things a lot easier for us when we come out of the gates running, score on the first drive. It just pumps everybody up, it's a confidence booster for the offense, and that takes pressure off the defense. That's going to be decided today in practice and tomorrow in practice. We're going to have to work hard on our fundamentals to do that on Saturday.

Q: A big game against #1, game day, the hype, to have an unranked team this week, are you worried about a letdown at all?

Yanda: I don't' think so. Just like Coach says. It's been a thing of this program to bounce back, take the next team, try hard to get better the next week. Not really like Michigan State, you saw how they were down on the second game after they lost to Notre Dame. We're going to just try and get better and start preparations for next week.

Q: How did you guys grade out?

Yanda: I don't know on a grading scale like A B or C, but the offensive line, I didn't have a very good game. I had a decent game, but it wasn't up to part like how I have been playing. We had a lot of plays in the run game that were real close, one block and there would have been some yards there. We left a lot of plays out there. We left a lot of plays out there. In the pass game, we had some guys drop some balls, it puts the pressure on Drew. He was running around a little bit that game, more than usual. We weren't protecting as well. It just makes things harder on everybody. They're a good defense.

Q: How frustrating is it to have that happen in the 5th game of the year? Obviously playing the #1 team certainly plays into it.

Yanda: The #1 team, that's the best d-line we've gone against, on my part.

Q: Does that include this year and last year?

Yanda: I couldn't tell you. Purdue's defensive line last year was good. They had Ray Edwards, those guys were really good. A really good d-line. Give them a lot of credit. That really tests us and helps us see how much further we've got to go. Getting better as a team as the weeks go on. We've got a lot of work to do.

Q: How close are you guys, as a line? You've had some injuries.

Yanda: I'd say we're doing a lot of good things. When a number 1 team comes in like Ohio State, we had some plays where we were 1 block away. It goes to show, we've got a lot of work to do. It starts today. It's a work in progress. Like Coach says, as the weeks go on at Iowa, we're a team that tends to get better as the weeks go on.

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