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September 13, 2013

Kickin' with Kitch: Big Night

"The first two games were all about being vanilla and lulling Notre Dame into a false sense of security."

Hmmm, that was a statement posed to me by an optimistic fan this week.

As I read it, maybe it sounds like me in the last few years. I was completely blinded by loyalty and I will not apologize for it because that is who I am. However, I do understand the Knuckleheads' frustration with me.

Getting back to this week, what have we learned from this Purdue team? I am still not sure what our identity is. I think we want to be a power running team that takes what the defense gives us.

With this system, however, execution has been the problem. The players that are on the field have struggled to execute what the coaches want to do. So, in my opinion, there are two ways to go with this: Either change the system or change the players.

I do not think the system will change, and usually you can't change the players, but in Purdue's case I think a few changes may be in store. I think you are going to see Purdue get more athletic this week by inserting three offensive players, Brandon Cottom, Dolapo Macarthy, and Danny Anthrop.

If the Boilers have a shot this week, I think all of these guys need to have a roll and have the ball in their hands. All three are playmakers and have the ability to score with the ball in their hands. Anthrop is a guy who makes everyone around him better. I think with him and Knauf on the field together we could see some fireworks. Then we have McCarthy at 6-foot-5 and extremely athletic that is a downfield deep ball threat. He is a guy that Rob could throw a jump ball to and Dolapo has the athleticism and height to go up and get it.

Last week, we all saw Purdue get stuffed on the goal line twice. Brandon Cottom is a 250-pound running back that gives Purdue a better chance to push the pile forward just by his size and strength alone.

I can't wait for Saturday. It's Notre Dame under the lights with a chance for Purdue to get some confidence. If Purdue takes care of the ball on offense and creates turnovers on defense, a special night just may be in store for us all!

Follow me on twitter @kelly_kitchel. I will give you my perspective from the sideline each week.

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