Notes: Lunch with the Boilermakers

Darrell Hazell and the Boilermakers began to prepare for Notre Dame. Boiler Sports Report caught up with the Boilermakers as they met with the media on Tuesday.

-- Notre Dame week opens with some bad news for Purdue, as junior safety Landon Feichter had surgery to repair a broken fibula, which he suffered in the first half of Saturday's game. Feichter will miss six to eight weeks while recovering. Coach Darrell Hazell suggested a medical redshirt could be possible.

-- Sophomore Anthony Brown will take over Feichter's spot in the secondary. Said Hazell of Brown: "He's a guy that's fast, athletic. He's still learning back there." Hazell referenced when Indiana State scored on a wheel route and Brown was caught off guard on the play. Added cornerback Frankie Williams: "The older guys, we'll do as much as possible to make [Brown] feel as comfortable as we can."

-- This will be Darrell Hazell's first game against Notre Dame as Purdue's head coach, and he's excited for the opportunity. "It's really fun, just to think how long this series has been going, uninterrupted," Hazell said. "I'm excited about this game and there's a lot of hype. But we've got to stay focused to be successful, that's the bottom line."

-- The rivalry between the two schools could come to an end in the coming years, with both schools facing uncertainty in their schedules. Said Hazell: "I would love for this game to continue every single season."

-- When Frankie Williams was asked about the rivalry, he didn't think of decades past; his mind was on the 2012 matchup, a 20-17 loss in South Bend. "I have a bitter taste in my mouth," said Williams.

-- The game will be nationally televised and in the primetime slot. "They're sending the blimp to see us!" Hazell said. Added tackle Justin Kitchens: "Ross-Ade's going to be sold out, under the lights. It's big time."

-- For the Purdue program, this game—more specifically, the national stage—provides a platform to boost an image. "It's a great opportunity for us," said Williams. Kitchens later added: "This could be our game right here. We can put ourselves on the map right here."

-- What challenge does Purdue face in Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees? "When he throws it, he throws it pretty accurately," Hazell said. Added Williams: "He's a great quarterback and utilizes all of his weapons."

-- There's an interesting dynamic for this game, with Purdue Director of Sports Performance Duane Carlisle. His son, Amir Carlisle, is Notre Dame's starting running back. Before the coaching staff meeting on Sunday night, Hazell joked to Duane, "How's Amir doing?"

-- What can the Boilermakers show this week in practice? "Progress," Kitchens said. "Definitely, progress. We've got to make progress and continue taking steps."

-- The Boilermakers take to the practice field on Tuesday afternoon. Follow along with Boiler Sports Report for continued updates as Purdue prepares for Notre Dame.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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