Boilermakers looking to rebound

Purdue aims to shake off its losses and rebound against Northern Illinois.

WEST LAFAYETTE -- The intense yelling and clashing of pads were heard all throughout Purdue's football practice facility this week. The fire in the eyes of each player was seen with the stinging defeats of the past two nationally-televised games.

Every player wants to contribute in any way in order to better themselves for the coming weekend's game. Purdue knows it needs to rebound.

It is obvious the Boilermakers are coming out this week with a fighting mentality. After the embarrassing 41-10 loss to Wisconsin last weekend, the team is looking to bounce back and secure their second win of the season for Purdue. In the bigger picture, Purdue is ready to get into the pattern of practicing the way it's are expected to play.

"The last two days have been very intense practices," said head coach Darrell Hazell. "For whatever reason, they're figuring out how to practice harder. Now that's the whole key."

This new football era under Coach Hazell has brought upon the familiar cliché of blood, sweat, and tears into the mentality of each player. With the reintroduction of this attitude, the Boilermakers hope to turn their season around while it's still early.

Hoping to break the two-game losing streak and get a second win under their belt, the Boilermakers realize what they need to do in order to accomplish this feat.

Purdue offensive coordinator John Shoop said it best, stating, "We've just got to execute better."

The defensive line must be on the top of their games in order to execute plays in pressure situations. The Northern Illinois Huskies are coming in to Ross-Ade Stadium, bringing quite the challenge for the Boilermakers.

With the running and passing versatility of NIU senior quarterback Jordan Lynch, the Boilermakers will find it hard to contain him due to his average of 129.6 rushing yards a game. Lynch has 122 more yards with 404 yards than the entire Purdue team with only 282 yards.

"He's special," Purdue defensive coordinator Greg Hudson said. "He's the real deal. The way he plays the game and runs around, he should get some Heisman votes."

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