5 Questions: Purdue

Five questions about Purdue are answered by Boiler Sports Report's Chris Emma.

1.) With a freshman quarterback at the helm, how much different do you expect the offense to look?

"Totally different. It's a bit unprecedented but Purdue has completely changed up its offense. The Boilermakers have shifted from a pro-style system to a west coast look, opening up the offense for Danny Etling. Different from Rob Henry, Etling can make all the throws, and he has a slew of young receivers to utilize. At 1-4, Purdue has nothing to lose ... except likely some more football games."

2.) Nebraska has not been to Purdue as members of the Big Ten, describe the atmosphere.

"This will be my fourth game at Ross-Ade Stadium, and the first few haven't disappointed. It's a class Big Ten atmosphere; fans travel from all over the state each Saturday. There's a great tailgating scene around the stadium and the downtown area is lively, especially in the very early morning when students take to the bars for Breakfast Club. There aren't many bad seats in the stadium and it's a fun environment all around."

3. Your one word to describe Purdue defense. Explain.

"I'll go with three words: bad at tackling. This is something inexcusable for a unit fill with seniors, but poor tackling has plagued Purdue for much of the year. Coach Darrell Hazell hopes to build a nasty, physical defense, but this is a group that has a lot of work to do. There's a great coaching staff on defense that could help change things. There are pieces and there's potential, but there's a long way to go"

4. A name on offense/defense Nebraska fans should watch out for.

Offense: "Darrell Hazell put out a bold statement on his Thursday radio show, saying freshman receiver Deangelo Yancey has potential to play on Sundays. This has been Danny Etling's go-to guy in practice. Expect many balls thrown to No. 80."

Defense: "Another odd move from Purdue this week: moving senior defensive tackle Bruce Gaston to the end. Even Gaston said the 3-technique is his home. The idea is to minimize double teams and give the line some more freedom. We'll see how it works."

5. Your prediction.

Nebraska 41, Purdue 24


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