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September 13, 2008
Post-game notebook: Tricks, injuries, more
Post-game notes from Purdue-Oregon:
Purdue used quarterback-turned-running back Justin Siller at QB on occasion against Oregon, with him taking snaps with quarterback Curtis Painter split out wide as if a receiver.
The trick had mixed results.
In the first half, Siller took a toss from Painter out of the backfield and pulled up as if to throw. But he instead pulled the ball down, reversed field and broke off a brilliant 17-yard run, nearly scoring. Kory Sheets scored from two yards out shortly thereafter.
But in the second half, Siller's option pitch to Sheets was errant and resulted in a turnover deep in Purdue territory. But the defense took the ball back, forcing a fumble a few plays later.
Coach Joe Tiller said Purdue may continue to use Siller in a similar capacity, "if we can execute it."
Siller ran for 20 net yards on five runs.
Tight end Kyle Adams underwent minor surgery this past week and didn't play Saturday.
"We hope he'll be back in another week," Tiller said.
Purdue was again without linebacker Jason Werner, because of a back injury. Tiller again described Werner's situation as "day to day, week to week."
"From what I understand, we're going to get him back," fellow linebacker Anthony Heygood said. "I know he's looking forward to getting on the field. I talk to him every day, and he's itching to get back out there."
Offensive tackle Sean Sester, who sat out the opener, didn't start, but saw plenty of playing time.
Guard Jared Zwilling did not dress.
Freshman Albert Evans played as a defensive reserve against Oregon.
The former high school running back started his college career as a safety, but appeared to be playing linebacker against the Ducks.
He, offensive lineman Ken Plue, linebacker Chris Carlino and kicker Carson Wiggs were the four true freshmen who played in Week 2.