October 31, 2006

Q&A: Curtis Painter

It's been a rough go of things lately for Boilermaker sophomore starting quarterback Curtis Painter, as Purdue comes off back-to-back losses to Wisconsin and Penn State, in which the offense scored a total of just three points.

Below, GoldandBlack.com talks with Painter about his struggles, the offense's struggles and the week ahead.

GoldandBlack.com: Talk about what the offense is doing this week to try to reverse its fortunes.
Painter:
"We're just trying to simplify things, making reads or decisions or routes a little simpler, instead of things where it's like, 'If the defense does this, we have to do this,' so there aren't many questions. We're going to do things straight-forward, so there's not much question about it."

GoldandBlack.com: You mean a getting-back-to-basics kind of thing?
Painter:
"Yes. Like I said, we're going to cut it down and make things simpler so there won't be any confusion about things. Hopefully, everyone will be on the same page and we won't have as any mix-ups."

GoldandBlack.com: Personally, after these past two games, what do you think you need to do?
Painter:
"I think I just have to get back to (what I did in) some previous games where I was comfortable back there, just read things and got it to the right guy and didn't try to do too much, just take what the defense gave (us).

"In the last couple games, I think there were times where the defense gave us something, but I may have gone to the wrong receiver. It's about getting back to basics and doing the things we've done before to be successful."

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