With this likely being a lopsided game, let's just spend the game watching two players, OK?
- Have you ever really watched defensive end Ryan Kerrigan? Quarterback Robert Marve called him a "beast" this week, and that's legit.
Best thing, to me, about the way Kerrigan plays is that he never gives up on a play. If a team runs away from him, which certainly happens, he'll bust it to chase down the runner from behind.
When I asked Kerrigan about that this week, he said, "From freshman year, back with coach (Terrell) Williams was here, he always taught us the greatest compliment you can get as a defensive lineman is for them to say you have a good motor and you play hard. So I try to take that to the field every day. All of our coaches have always encouraged running to the ball, so that's something we really pride ourselves on."
- There's been enough talk about which players have the talent to step in for injured Keith Smith. Now someone has to produce. My bet is on freshman O.J. Ross, the team's fastest player who showed some nice hands last week.
Ross should get more opportunities underneath but could serve to spread the defense with his speed, too.
If Ball State opts to play a zone, he could get free behind the defense and perhaps Purdue finally will complete a pass for more than 30 yards.