After that game against Minnesota this past weekend there’s likely only one thing on most of our minds and it was the first question head football coach Jeff Brohm got. Have you heard from the Big Ten conference about the play? Rather than trying to summarize it I want to give his quote in full along with the questions.
Q. Have you heard anything from the Big Ten office about the play?
COACH JEFF BROHM: Yes, I have. I have heard and got communication back about the play. I’m not at liberty to speak about those conversations but I can say this: Of all people that I’ve talked to, there hasn’t been one that doesn’t totally agree with my assessment of the play.
Q. Did the Big Ten agree with your assessment of the play?
COACH JEFF BROHM: Like I said, I can’t tell you the conversations but I’ve talked to the Big Ten officials and with all of the people that I’ve talked to, you know, no one doesn’t feel as strongly, if not more, than what I do about the play, but it’s over with and we moved on.
So there you have it. That’s likely all we are going to hear about that play. The conference, or at least some people from the office of the conference, agree that Purdue got screwed. Cold comfort that is to Purdue’s record which is now 2-2 instead of 3-1. Such is life I suppose.
After some hemming and hawing about how Plummer “did a very good job” and that “we’ll see how this week goes” in regards to the QB situation for the game against Rutgers Brohm ultimately conceded when asked straight up that yes, Jack Plummer would be the starter this Saturday against the Scarlet Knights. This seems like the right call not only because AOC is likely still recovering from some nagging injuries but also because Plummer played a great game and made some moves with his legs that adds an additional dimension to the Purdue offense.
Brohm noted that Rondale Moore “probably had some soreness” after the game since it’s been so long since he played. The secrecy issue around Rondale’s injury was addressed and Brohm seemed to indicate that it was partly at the request of Moore and that Brohm would do whatever he needed to do to protect his players.
He wants to play beyond the game of college and help his family, take care of them and I’m going to do everything in my power to help him do that. I want to work with our players and you know, Rondale would love to have played the first game.
But you know what, you deal with the situation as it is and you know, I’m going to respect the wishes of all of our players. I’ll give him my advice. I’ll give him what I think but I’m going to respect their wishes and so that’s what we’re going to do.
The injury to Anthony Watts was deemed as similar to the one suffered by GK and Brohm as always said that Watts is “working hard to get back” on the field. He continued to say that GK isn’t playing at 100% but Brohm knows he will do whatever it takes to get on the field and help his team win.
As for what was said about Rutgers I’m gonna again quote it in full in all it’s coach speak glory.
Looking forward, going to face a team in Rutgers that’s playing very, very well. They are extremely well-coached. They play aggressive but they play hard. They play fast. They play an attacking, aggressive style of defense. They don’t give up easy completions, and you know, Coach Schiano has those guys playing very, very hard. This will be a great challenge for us. This team will come in here ready to play. They have already played a lot of good football this year, and we’ve got to get back to doing the small things right and finding a way to win and every week’s going to be a challenge. We’ve got to make sure that we’re doing our part as coaches and players to get ready every Saturday to compete and play and try to win.
You almost have to respect saying so much while also saying nothing at all. Amazing. Until next week folks.