September 8, 2009
GoldandBlack.com Audio: Joey Elliott
Quarterback Joey Elliott's happy with the Boilermakers performance in Week 1, but knows they'll have to be even better headed to the West Coast to face Oregon.
Click the link below for an audio interview with the fifth-year senior.
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GoldandBlack.com: A couple days later, how do you assess Purdue's performance in the win over Toledo?
Elliott: "I thought we all came out with a lot of excitement. I thought we responded really well under Coach Hope. We were able to go out prepared and we had a plan and went out and executed it."
GoldandBlack.com: Preparation this week will be a little usual, right, with the travel looming all the way out to Oregon?
Elliott: "It's going to be a little bit different. Obviously you get used to the time change, but Coach Hope always says, during fall camp, we'll work on different situations. We have a two-a-day, you've got to wake up and play in the morning, you've got to be able to come back and play at night. It doesn't matter, whenever you step on the field and it's game time and you blow the whistle, he wants us to be prepared and ready.
"I don't feel that the flight time or the change of time is going to hurt us too much. I think this week, we'll practice some at night to get used to being ready. It'll be a little different than our daily schedule and routine here at Purdue, which will be fun too. It will be a little bit of excitement playing under the lights, now that we have lights on our practice field. That will be something big."
GoldandBlack.com: So you're looking forward to practicing this week at night?
Elliott: "I think that will add a little bit of energy to our practice, coming back and hitting on each other two or three weeks during fall camp and then actually going out there at night time, for some reason, will give everybody a little more energy in them, which will help our practice out a lot."
GoldandBlack.com: Obviously, Oregon's been in the new all week for what happened in its game vs. Boise, and it seems that the result could go one of two ways: either it causes the Ducks further disarray or they unite because of it. Do you think it will be the latter, especially with it being their home opener?
Elliott: "Any time you have a home opener it's going to be a huge advantage for them. They want to win at home, nobody wants to lose at home, so I think they're going to take that - with their tons and tons of great athletes at Oregon - if they guy is not able to come back, whatever the verdict is on the situation, they're going to have to have someone ready fill in and ready to go. If one of our guys went down, we'd have a backup ready to go and he'd be able to perform just as well as the guy in front of him."
GoldandBlack.com: How do you want to improve in Week 2?
Elliott: "I just want to understand the game plan. Obviously playing a different team, which runs some different coverages, you have to be able to go in and be prepared, understand what we're trying to do offensively. If I'm on the same page as the offensive coordinator, we'll have a successful week in practice and be ready to go on Saturday."
GoldandBlack.com: Oregon is said to be a tough place to play. Under the lights, at night, do you expect a hostile environment?
Elliott: "I look at it as a challenge and something fun, something different. I lot of players like thriving under pressure and hopefully I'll put myself in that category. And a lot of our players, when fans are cheering against you, you get a little more excited, we'll have a little more energy in that locker room. But we still have to keep our focus and understand what we're trying to do out there."
GoldandBlack.com: Most of the attention this week will be focused on Oregon. Can that help you guys to play loose, with little pressure?
Elliott: "Yeah, we just have to focus on what we can handle. What everybody talks about in the media is what they talk about and for us, we just have to focus on our game plan and it's a football game. Whatever they talk about before and after the game (isn't as important) as what happens on the field."
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