December 6, 2022

Bordeaux get ready to play Nebraska without showing off the best players

Bordeaux get ready to play Nebraska without showing off the best players

If Purdue is going to defeat Nebraska on Saturday, he will likely do so with a depleted group of running backs.

Boilermaker coach Jeff Brohm said after training today that the No. 1 undoing King Doerue would be a match-time decision. He’s been dealing with a calf injury that has kept him out for the last four games. Second-placed Dylan Downing is coming off a foot injury last week in Maryland.

That means Bordeaux will likely lean on Devin Mukobe, Kobe Lewis and Tyrone Tracy – off the trade route – to carry the ball.

“I think the king might get dressed,” Broome said. “I’m not sure if he’ll be able to play yet. We’ll take that all the way to match time. If not, Devin will have to carry the burden. Kobe has had a good week of training. Tyrone Tracy should be as well.”

Purdue (4-2 overall; 2-1 Big Ten) will welcome Nebraska (3-3; 2-1) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EST. Every team has some momentum, with the Boilermakers riding a three-game winning streak and the Cornhuskers winning two in a row. Both schools are tied for the top of the Big Ten West standings with Illinois. So, the stakes at Ross Ade Stadium will be great.

“We had a good week of training,” Broome said. “I think our guys understand that every week has to be productive. We have to learn from our mistakes from the previous week. We can’t take any shortcuts at all. We have to do all the little things. Every team we’re going to play will be a big test.”

This is the first time for Purdue’s five consecutive First Division games, which will go a long way toward shaping title dreams.

“This (Nebraska) team has a lot of talent,” Brohm added. “Lots of really good athletes. They play freely and freely, and we have to play well.”

Perdue’s case could be helped if Charlie Jones were 100 percent wide. But it is not, and therefore its production has decreased in recent weeks. Jones scored 32 times in his first three games. He has 18, another three.

“He came up with some issues that we knew we were going to have to deal with throughout the season,” Prohm said. “And then he developed a few other things. But we managed it really well this week. He didn’t train on Tuesday. He trained yesterday and lighter today. So hopefully he’s as fresh as possible. Bring him.”

The receiving unit should get a boost from Abd al-Rahman Yassin, who is expected to see his most important shots for 2022. He’s been dealing with a knee problem, and he made his debut last week in Maryland when he played once.

“Well, we hope so,” Broome said. “I think Abdour last week was the first week he really trained and he had a good week of training. And I think Charlie got hit and attacked. We need, for a lot of reasons, to get Abdour in there. Another good week of training. Hope he’s ready to go in It’s game time and we can take advantage of it.”

But his teammate, Elijah Kanyon, is out again, aggravating an already injured knee.

“He tried to practice this week and adjusted it again, so I see him out for the foreseeable future,” Broome said.

Brock Thompson will widely miss the fifth game in a row as he recovers from knee surgery.

“The timeline (for his return), it’s going to take some time,” Broome said.

Defensive full-back will miss Chris Jefferson as he deals with mental health issues. He started his first five matches before coming off the bench last week in limited work. Purdue will count on Sanusi Kane to fill the Jefferson role for the second game in a row.

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“Lower end,” Broome said. “Maybe next week, at best. If not, after farewell week. He should come back then.”

The brothers started their first five matches. Clyde Washington will step once again into the Brotherhood’s vacuum.

The offensive line can be a concern. On Monday, Broome said No. 1 right tackle Daniel Johnson had lost with a knee injury at the end of the season. He started the Florida Atlantic and Minnesota games before missing the mile last week in Maryland. Johnson was starting with Cam Craig, who lost this year with a back injury. The depth is running out, the crew has been reduced to six making it comfortable to use.

Against the Terrapins, Eric Miller moved from left to right, with Muhammad Musa coming off the bench to start a left tackle. We expect a similar lineup on Saturday with Spencer Holstig in the left guard, Gus Hartwig in the center and Marcus Mbo in the right guard.