Pregame Intel: Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue started off the season 4-0, but has dropped their last 2 games. The Wildcats were 2-2 heading into Big 10 Play, but have dropped their last two games. One team gets to right the ship in Evanston Saturday...

Here we go, the battle of the "beatens..."
The Wildcats against the Bolilermakers and coach Joe Tiller, who invented the "Basketball on Grass" offense, that's morphed into a variation of the "pistol" against Pat Fitzgerald's NU Wildcats who run the Spread which sort of grew out of BBOG.

Could be interesting. Both teams have a reputation for putting up a lot of points, but both have had some serious lapses on defense.

Purdue is ranked near the bottom of the NCAA, the Cats have improved, but are still not one of the Big 10's top defensive teams.

Purdue does have an offensive threat in Curtis Painter, who averages just over 300 yards per game on 132 completions for 227 attempts with only 8 interceptions. Purdue averages 33.5 points per game.

The bad news is that Purdue's Defense has allowed 32.8 ppg and 284.7 yards per game passing.

Offense
As Redshirt Soph QB Curtis Painter goes, so go the Boilermakers.

At least that's the opinion of Michael Osipoff, a writer for the Post Tribune when talking about Purdue this season. Of course the Painter, who leads the Big 10 in both total offense and passing has can explain the Boiler's last two losses;
We realized we played two very good teams, and they were tough battles. Unfortunately, we didn't come away with wins. But we're not going to settle for losses and mope about it. I think it will be different this Saturday." [Post Tribune].
At least he hopes so.

Joe Tiller is so confident in his passing game, he talked about running the ball more last week.
Defense
Shades of last year, where the Cats were 115th in defense, this year Purdue holds that dubious honor, giving up 286 yards on the ground to Iowa, 146 yards to Notre Dame's Darious Walker, and 173 to Manny's Amir Pinnix.
Are we as big and as physical as we need to be at defensive tackle? Absolutely not. But the rest of the team, they've got some good qualities and will continue to get better." -- Joe Tiller Boilerstation
The debate going on inside the Boiler's coach's offices is over moving Dan Bick from the outside to middle linebacker. The issue is that at 218 lbs, he's better suited to playing outside. He started the season in the middle, but was moved out to the weak side.

George Hall is in the middle now, but he's being pushed by Josh Ferguson, who is good "from tackle to tackle."

Those tackles are a former walk-on, Germain Guynn and 2 year starter Alex Magee.

The big concern is NU's Tyrell Sutton, who still have 400+ yards this season, even if he's not running wild like last year. Given PU's problems stopping the run, and the size of the NU line [even without Dylan Thiry], Sutton could really tear up Purdue inside Saturday, and that seems to worry the coaches.

Another concern might be the lack of fumble recoveries, 5 of 11 on the season so far.

Wrapping in up, the new starting DE Cliff Avril summed up Purdue's goal on defense;
We have to get the LBs playing downhill and get more penetration from the D-line...[Post Tribune]
Avril recently moved from linebacker to end:
It's a little less reading," Avril said of the switch.[Post Tribune] "But you're always constantly hitting a big guy. There's less space to react to. I just have to get the technique down. I have to get used to the role. But it's working out."
Then there's the early season concern over pass defense - Purdue starts 4 new D-0Backs, NU has shown flashes of passing brilliance and this might be the week to work that out at Purdue's expense.

BTW - Defensive End Anthony Spencer has been named a Midseason All-American by SI.Com.

Special Teams
6 of 10 on field Goals, 25 of 26 PATs. 18 Punts for a 33.8 net average per punt.

Punt returns are not great either, 7 for 47 yards.

Injuries:
WR Selwyn Lymon - Suffered an eye injury while playing a game away from the football field.:
He saw two specialists. We expect a full recovery, which is great news. He will not practice (Tuesday), but we were told (Monday) that he could return in 3-to-5 days. -- Joe Tiller Boilerstation

LB Jason Werner - has a back injury after playing as a true frosh. He's been sidelined all season:
Now the question becomes, because he has a redshirt year available, should we just redshirt him and forget it? That's the way we're leaning. -- Joe Tiller Boilerstation
DT Mike Neal - is suffering from Turf Toe and probably won't be available in Evanston either.

Overall:
After a few pundits have taken Fitz to task for the first half of the season, he put it into his perspective....
We've just got to keep trusting each other," Fitzgerald said. [Daily Southtown] "All of our guys kept fighting. It wasn't the outcome we wanted. We were pretty banged up going in but I thought our guys played pretty hard."
And from the the Boilermakers?
"We have a lot of big play guys," said WR Greg Orton, [The Exponent] who caught an 18-yard touchdown last weekend. "And we have a good quarterback in (sophomore) Curtis Painter to get us the ball. In one word, it's fun."

What the Cats Have to Do:
  • Give the ball to Tyrell Sutton
  • Somehow replace TWO starters on the Offensive Line: Dylan Thiry who is banged up after Wisconsin, and Joel Belding, who lost his Father Wednesday, and who will be at the funeral.
  • did I mention giving the ball the Tyrell Sutton
  • Play some serious run and pass defense

  • TV -WBBM-TV2 in Chicago/ESPNPlus: Its on a large number of cable systems for free also.
  • Radio - It will be on WGN, Starting at 10:30 WT, Dave Eanet and Ted Albrecht. Also WNUR, pregame at 10 AM WT and XM Satellite
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