August 18, 2006

Offense successful again; Friday report

Friday's Purdue scrimmage marked the second listless performance by the defense in as many days.

At least that's how Coach Joe Tiller saw it, after watching his defensive coaching staff constantly prodding its unit to run harder and celebrate after successful plays.

The offense once again dominated, in a variety of scrimmage scenarios.

"We have to get better on defense," Tiller said. "We have some skills on offense, but we have to get better on defense. We can't have guys breaking tackles, then going the distance, stuff like that, fundamental stuff."

The offense scored touchdowns on all five goal-line situations, starting with the ball at the opponent's 3.

It should be noted, though, that on one of them, Torri Williams cut down Kory Sheets on first down for a five-yard loss, only to have Tiller move the ball back to the 4 to better simulate a goal-line scenario.

When it came to the offense coming off the goal line - again starting at the 3, but headed the other direction - the first-team defense forced a three-and-out to get it started, but struggled from there.

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