Notes on Sunday night conversation

Mike Bellotti spoke to media on Sunday night on a variety of topics including the health of Jeremiah Johnson and C.E. Kaiser.

On Jeremiah Johnson - "He's sore but pretty confident he can play this week." Bellotti believes that Johnson is probable for Purdue. Likely Johnson will run tomorrow and practice on Tuesday.

On C.E. Kaiser - the head coach thought Kaiser was also sore and that the training staff believe the offensive lineman is 50/50 for the upcoming game.

On younger players - Bellotti thought that Terrence Pritchett had some good hits.

"Remene Alston ran hard," said Bellotti. "I think he is improving, as did Andre Crenshaw, they both ran really well."

He also mention Michael Speed and said that Speed's production is something the coaches have come to expect.

Bellotti also said from a team stand point he was please with how the team "played with a purpose the entire time."

On Purdue's defense - Bellotti thinks the Boilermakers play a 4-3 scheme and will zone-blitz when the opportunity presents itself. He feels Purdue's defense is very similar to Oregon's.

On a related note, Bellotti doesn't think the win at Michigan will have any effect on this year's game with Purdue. "Totally different style of team" is how he described Purdue. He doesn't think his team will have any sense of overconfidence going into the game. Purdue is "more like a Washington State team from a couple of years ago," described Bellotti. He thinks the Boilermakers will try to spread Oregon out and throw the ball on the Ducks and will play good football.

On Justin Roper - Bellotti feels Roper's experience in the system has gained the respect of the team and that the quarterback is settling into the leadership role.

Bellotti also indicated that he felt the controversial call made against Washington that Jake Locker's actions were simply joyful enthusiasm. Bellotti's reaction is similar to many that found the call an unfortunate way for the game to end.

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