Purdue vs. Illinois Coach Quotes



Oct. 22, 2011

Purdue vs. Illinois Postgame Quotes
Oct. 22, 2011
Purdue Coach Danny Hope

On overall thoughts on the game:
"It was a great team victory in all phases of the game: defense, offense and special teams. I thought everyone played hard and played with energy and enthusiasm."

On the defensive effort:
"The whole defensive front played a lot better than they have been. We've come a long way in what we need to do to be successful. We need a good pass rush to have good coverage."

On game plan to stop the Illini:
"We had a heck of a game plan to stop the run and to stop Scheelhaase, who likes to move his feet on third down. Their offense has tendencies on who they want to give the ball to on third down and we game-planned accordingly."

On Kawaan Short:
"I keep thinking that after every game it was his best game. He's effective wherever you line him up at. He's come the furthest as being a leader for the team. He's a great player and a great guy."

On skill players:
"We have a lot of playmakers. We have a lot of young playmakers. I'm very proud of them because nobody has been hanging their head. Coach Nord does a great job of using our personnel. We're going to keep distributing the ball around because that's what we need to do.

On why this was an important win:
"I think it's pretty evident. We now have more wins than losses. It will be hard to get to Indy with 2 losses in the conference and we've already got 1. We control our own destiny. It's homecoming and there's a lot of pride in winning homecoming. It's also a Top 25 win and that's a milestone for us in a lot of ways."

On A.J. Jenkins and how Purdue matched up with cornerbacks:
"We matched up with him a little bit. He's a great player, but it doesn't matter how well you cover him if you don't have a pass rush."

On the confidence of the team:
"There's a lot of football left and we knew that after the Notre Dame game. We're still optimistic because we've got a lot of potential. We're a developing football team with a lot of great guys."