September 10, 2006

Sunday Notebook: Hall ready, much more

Senior middle linebacker George Hall was expected to be lost until at least late September after undergoing surgery on his leg in August, to repair painful compartment syndrome.

But, his rehabilitation went ahead of schedule and he returned to practice prior the Miami (Ohio) game, but didn't dress.

That's expected to change on Sept. 16, when he'll likely play against Ball State.

"I'm in good shape," Hall said after practice Sunday, "and I'm just ready to get going. I've been out so long. I'm just ready to play now."
Hall was suspended for the spring, then was sidelined early on in training camp.

Tiller said having Hall available will be particularly useful with his team's new 3-4 defensive look, which requires two inside linebackers.

Looks Good

The Boilermakers broke routine against Miami (Ohio) by employing the 3-4 (i.e. three down linemen and four linebackers). Purdue has long used a base 4-3 defensive front.

Tiller said he liked what he saw from the new defensive look, after watching it on video.

"We were pleased with some of the things they did," Tiller said. "I think if you have the ability to play a multiple defense, it gives your defensive front a chance to make some sacks or get some pressure. Any time you can keep an offense off balance, I think it gives you a chance to come up with some plays.

"If you can mix and match a little bit … you have a chance to catch somebody off guard."

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