Purdue Week: Tom Allen’s Indiana household was a “shared home” for the bucket
Growing up in Northern Indiana, life was difficult for Tom Allen.
The Purdue fans were inevitable even in his own family.
Seriously, the annual Old Oaken Bucket battle was part of Allen’s football-oriented upbringing in New Castle, Ind.
“I’ve seen the game a lot,” said Allen on Monday. “I’ve seen it every year. For me it was always cold to see these games, it seemed. But man, you’re just throwing out the records, I always wanted to see the game. “
As a native of Indiana, Allen gets the rivalry in a way that others in his position before him didn’t.
Those Thanksgiving family quarrels about Indiana and Purdue? He lived it.
“The fact that people play who have known each other for a long time, sometimes even high school teammates playing against each other, has divided the family. Even my family feel the same way, ”said Allen. “I have one side that is mostly Purdue and one side of my family is mostly Indiana based only on the part of the state they grew up and grew up in.”
Allen did not offer which side of the debate he was on as a young man.
But of course there is no doubt where Allen’s loyalty lies today.
“It’s personal, like all state rivalries,” he said. “There are boastful rights for each side for a whole year. It means a lot to me, I’ll tell you. “
It’s hardly clearer in the family of quarterback Jack Tuttle, whose father was a former kicker for the Hoosiers.
“My dad isn’t a huge Purdue fan, and neither am I,” said Tuttle. “It’s a great rivalry game and we’re looking forward to this week. We’re going to have a great week of practice. “
Here are some additional messages and notes from Monday’s press conference that included defensive coordinator Kane Wommack, offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan, linebacker Micah McFadden, and quarterback Jack Tuttle.
Credit – IU Athletics
The line of defense continues to affect winning
When Indiana announced before kick-off against Wisconsin that it would go without defensive action against Demarcus Elliott, the red flags went up.
The Hoosiers couldn’t afford to be brought to their knees against the mammoth offensive line and the Badgers’ powerful running attack.
“You never want to lose your starting nose protector going into Wisconsin week,” said Defense Coordinator Kane Womack. “These guys, as I believe Micah McFadden put it, look like mountain ranges when they push the envelope. I’m really just impressed with a number of people. It was certainly a joint effort to stop the run defensively. “
Wommack saw several players step up their efforts as the Hoosiers kept the floor game at bay in Wisconsin pretty well.
“Probably the guys are most excited to see Sio Nofoagatoto’a fill in and I thought he just played so physically, so hard against some of their guys,” said Wommack. “They had some counter blocks and a one-on-one interview with a guard. He just threw people inside and then was probably the most excited about what CJ Person and Jonathan King both did in the final defensive position. “
Allen also noted Jovan Swann’s leadership efforts.
“One thing I’m going to tell you is that you think about the game and you lead the team. I felt that Jovan Swann’s lead on the sidelines was only in this type of game, this attitude on the road, his maturity showed, “said Allen.
Time for Miles Marshall to move on
When Dallas Cowboys’ Jackie Smith dropped a sure touchdown pass in Super Bowl XIII, the broadcaster said he must be “the sickest man in America”.
Smith came to mind when Indiana-wide receiver Miles Marshall dropped a sure touchdown, giving Indiana a 21-6 lead in Madison in the fourth quarter.
Of course, unlike the Cowboys, Indiana overcame the Marshall Drop and triumphed against the Badgers.
Now Indiana’s players and coaches are focused on making Marshall leave the mistake behind.
“Miles Marshall is an absolute stallion, he’s a great player,” said Tuttle. “That will happen. You just get back together on the sidelines and it’s 1-0. “
Offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan quoted Theodore Roosevelt and his famous quote “The man in the arena”.
“We encourage the guys to keep getting into this moment,” said Sheridan. “Obviously nobody feels worse about it than Miles. We don’t spend a lot of time talking about it. It’s a learning opportunity, but we’re going further. “
Boilers have serious weapons at the broad receiver
While Purdue’s once promising 2020 season has turned sour, they are still a dangerous team.
What is particularly noticeable with the Boilermakers is that they receive threats in the passing game.
Sophomore David Bell has 53 catches for 625 yards and 8 touchdowns in six games. He has only been held under 8 catches once this season. Indiana fans will remember Bell’s 9-catch performance of 136 yards against IU in 2019.
The electrifying playmaker Rondale Moore is now back and has already collected 35 catches in just three games.
Defensive coordinator Kane Wommack believes that attacking players like Moore and Bell in space will be a big key to the game.
“Ultimately, it’s about being able to act fundamentally in space,” said Wommack. “And I think that’s probably one of the best things about their offense doing that they force you to play these games in space and we have to face the challenge. So something that our guys take personally and are ready to do what they have to do to win this game. “
Purdue is known for trick games under head coach Jeff Brohm.
Wommack expects that he will have everything to lose on Saturday with just 2: 4 in the season.
“They kept pelting us with the sink one way or another, so I can’t imagine this week will be any different,” he said.
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