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What to Watch: Week 5 at Purdue

9/28/2011

Here's what to look for Saturday night when the Irish take on the Boilermakers:

  • One QB and one QB only for the Irish: Brian Kelly said Wednesday he never thought about taking Tommy Rees out last weekend. That, plus the fact it will be a rowdy night atmosphere on the road, makes it unlikely that we will see either Everett Golson or Andrew Hendrix debuting in a change-up role.

  • Two QBs for Purdue: Caleb TerBush is the Boilermakers' starter, but Robert Marve saw some action two weeks ago against Southeast Missouri State after tearing the ACL in his left knee last year. Marve's Purdue debut was actually against the Irish in Kelly's Notre Dame debut last year, and he should at times provide another look to the Boilermakers' offense Saturday.

  • More turnovers … for the defense: The unit has been strong so far, consistently forcing three-and-outs and shutting down offenses with its back against the wall. But the Irish defense has forced just five turnovers, something that is due to change with continued pressure on the quarterback.