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PURDUE FOOTBALL:
Old Gold Free Press Update For 8-23-200


8 Days to Season Opener vs ILL St at newly renovated Ross Ade Stadium!!!


Date: 8/23/2002
Author: TexasBoiler
© TexasBoiler

    Good afternoon Boiler Fans! We are getting oh so close to the season/home opener next Saturday. College Football got underway last night and there are more games this weekend. If you'd like to play "Get Gamm" with some other Big 10 Folks and make your picks for this weekend's games...go to this link, copy and paste the picks prior to yours then add yours to the bottom with you reply post.

    http://www.thefinalscore.net/cgi-bin/display.cgi?read=13074

    Okay, did anyone not catch Drew Brees on CBS last night? Here is the recap from my vantage point...he was 12-17 for 150 yds with no TD's or INT's. I believe he had the team in the red zone two or three times. On the first series, Cam Cameron opted to kill the game's opening drive by trying a QB sneak on 3rd and 2 from the St. Louis 20 and following that up with a 4th and 1 handoff. Ever hear of play action, short passes, Cam? Drew was able to lead the team to 1 of 2 made FG attempts. He had this to say after the game..."We got inside their 25, I guess, three times and we only get a field goal," Brees said. "That's unacceptable. We definitely want more points, touchdowns."
    Two particular completions stood out for me:
    1. His first one for about 30 yards was brilliant as he put the ball towards the receiver's outside shoulder and slightly underthrown so that All-Pro Corner Aeneas Williams could not make a play. Tim Dwight made a great adjustment and catch.
    2. In the second quarter he rifled one down the middle to a well covered receiver for about 20 yards. He stepped up in the pocket well and threw a dart with a little wobble a la Peyton Manning.

    Perhaps, the most exciting part of last night's telecast was Analyst Phil Simms saying that Drew's amount of reps throwing the ball at Purdue has really helped Drew adjust quickly to the NFL. Were you listening, Clayton Richard?

    As for next weekend, there is a tentative Old Gold Free Press Tailgate gathering planned for 10 am at the "T" lot on the golf course near the stadium. More details to follow next week.

    After many iterations of trial and error, I still have not been able to get my Spring Game footage in a decent format (quality, size, etc) for streaming off our website. I think my p-233, 64mb, 20gb hard drive, home pc is not going to cut it. I've got some alternative ideas so I'll keep plugging in that area. I do hope to bring that videotape along with a highlight video of recruit Jake Cunningham to the tailgate.

    On to the latest article coverage, see below...

    -Barclay

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    Finishing Touches At Ross-Ade
    With Aug. 31 closing in, work wraps up for year two.
    Aug. 21, 2002
    http://purduesports.ocsn.com/genrel/082102aaa.html

    click on the above link for the photos
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    Hoosier Digest
    Schweigert out 1 game

    August 22, 2002
    WEST LAFAYETTE
    Schweigert out 1 game



    “Purdue free safety Stuart Schweigert, who suffered a knee sprain in practice last week, likely will miss the Boilers' season-opener against Illinois State on Aug. 31, but is expected to return for Purdue's Sept. 7 game against Notre Dame. Purdue officials are pleased with Schweigert's progress. The all-Big Ten performer has not returned to practice but may do so next week. He may be held out of the Illinois State game as a precautionary measure.

    Also, wide receiver Taylor Stubblefield, who suffered a fractured skull in a non-football related fall, also is tentatively planning to play against Notre Dame. Stubblefield has not participated in contact drills during preseason practice.”

    click on the above link for the full story

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    Phillips Continues To Play Numbers Game
    Junior defensive end to wear third number in three years
    Aug. 20, 2002
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - And the winning number is ...

    "15.
    Purdue junior defensive end Shaun Phillips may soon coin the phrase "the number to be assigned later."
    Two years ago, Phillips donned No. 53 and figured he would do so his entire career. But prior to the Boilermakers' season opener at Cincinnati last season, he switched to No. 22 so he could be an eligible receiver in goal-line situations.
    This year, the Boilermakers did not expect to use Phillips in that offensive role, so he returned to familiar No. 53. But late in training camp, the decision was made to use him in the spot, meaning another number change was in order."

    click on the above link for the full story

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    Purdue's secret weapon
    August 21, 2002
    BY JOHN JACKSON STAFF REPORTER

    http://www.suntimes.com/output/campus/cst-spt-purd21.html

    After reading most of the preseason college football publications, Purdue free safety Stuart Schweigert didn't try to hide his displeasure or feelings of being slighted.
    ''We're still not getting the recognition we should,'' said Schweigert, a junior. ''I mean, how can we have the third-rated defense in the Big Ten last season, return eight starters and have everyone picking us toward the bottom of the league defensively?
    ''I don't understand where they get those ratings from. I think the defense will be the strong part of the team.''

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    Good competition has kept Big Ten from winning BCS
    http://www.purdueexponent.org/interface/bebop/showstory.php?date=2002/08/21§ion=sports&storyid=BigTenisnotweak

    "The college football season in crawling closer by the day and for fans everywhere there is a dream of a Bowl Championship Series berth for their team and a national championship.
    But for fans of Big Ten teams, the question keeps arising. "Why can't we get to the big game?"

    It is a good question. A response by many would be that programs are historically cyclical and the Big Ten is merely in a down swing. Penn State head coach Joe Paterno believes just that.

    "Two years ago we were talking about the Big Ten being the best conference in the country and now the cycle is down," said Paterno. "We may be this way now but there may be two or three teams in this conference this year that may pop up out of nowhere. You don't know and that's what I think is interesting about the Big Ten."

    click on the above link for the full story
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    Colvin's all business this year
    August 21, 2002
    BY BRAD BIGGS STAFF REPORTER
    http://www.suntimes.com/output/bears/cst-spt-biggs21.html

    "I'm just going to go about my business and do my job, which is play Sam 'backer and rush end,'' Colvin said. ''I'll worry about the rest later.
    ''I would love to stay in Chicago, but if [Angelo] wants me here, I'll be here. If I was a priority now, I would have been a priority and not an afterthought.''
    The Bears are doing plenty of thinking about Colvin. They simply aren't in a position to make a move right now."
    click on the above link for the full story
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    Basketball reunion celebrates Boilers' past
    Event attracts former Purdue players spanning eight decades
    By Jeff Washburn, Journal and Courier
    http://www.boilerstation.com/hoops/stories/200208230purdue_hoops1030079179.shtml
    "As "family" reunions go, this weekend's Purdue men's basketball celebration and Gene Keady roast promises to be an entertaining one.
    More than 70 years of hoops history will gather today and Saturday for golf, fellowship and a banquet during which Keady's players and assistant coaches -- past and present -- will take their best verbal jabs at the man who is beginning his 23rd season with the Boilermakers.
    From Clyde Lyle -- the man who defended the legendary John Wooden during practice in the early 1930s -- to Brian Cardinal -- whose relentless pursuit of victory was contagious -- this gathering is loaded with tradition."
    click on the above link for the full story
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    Lawless picks Boilers over Iowa State
    Power forward joins Gearlds as 2003-04 Purdue recruits
    By Mike Carmin, Journal and Courier
    http://www.lafayettejc.com/news20020821/200208212local_sports1029907473.shtml
    "Erin Lawless changed her mind again.
    This time, though, the switch turned in favor of the Purdue women's basketball program.
    Lawless, considered one of the top power forwards in the nation, said Tuesday night she will become part of the Boilermaker 2003-04 freshmen class."
    click on the above link for the full story
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