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September 7, 2008

Purdue Sunday notebook

Coach Joe Tiller talked with local media Sunday, a day after his team opened its 2008 season with a 42-10 win over Northern Colorado.

Injury Updates

Senior offensive tackle Sean Sester will play vs. Oregon, Coach Joe Tiller confirmed Sunday.

"Sester will practice today and Sester will play Saturday," Tiller said, "unless something occurs."

After undergoing back surgery in the spring, Sester was held out of much of training camp. He didn't dress for the Northern Colorado game, a move Tiller called "precautionary."

Sester will move right back into the starting lineup, Tiller said. It will be "evaluated during the week," whether Sester will play right tackle, with Zach Jones at left.

Tiller could offer no update on the status of linebacker Jason Werner, who re-injured his back last week in practice, but the junior was at practice Sunday.

Tight end Kyle Adams, who injured his knee on the opening kickoff Saturday then sat out much of the remainder of the game, is thought to only be a bruised knee.

"That's what we're hoping it is," Tiller said. "Nothing's changed. He'll have an MRI (Monday) morning and that'll tell us if there's any real damage or anything we don't know about."

Going both ways

Senior defensive tackle and team captain Jermaine Guynn doubled against Northern Colorado as a fullback on offense.

"He can catch the ball," Tiller said of Guynn. "He played running back in high school and we'll probably hand him the ball occasionally and throw him the ball occasionally.

"But he'll basically be a situational, short-yardage player."

Guynn changed his number during preseason practice from 79 to an offense-friendly 45.

D-end still suspended

Redshirt freshman Nickcaro Golding, thought to be one of the team's most talented young players, remains suspended, Tiller said, without going into specifics.

"It's indefinite," he said.

Golding was originally suspended for undisclosed reasons just before the end of spring practice, though he was re-instated in the summer.

But at the start of training camp, Tiller announced that Golding, safety Josh McKinley and defensive lineman Preston Numa would not play against Northern Colorado, again for undisclosed reasons.

When asked Sunday if Golding and McKinley might be worked into the playing rotation right away, Tiller said, "McKinley will. Golding remains suspended. But McKinley and (Numa) are back, and both might have a chance to play this week."

Notes

• Tiller said freshman offensive tackle Ken Plue, who played as a reserve against Northern Colorado, will likely continue to see playing time all season. But, Tiller said, he might be moved to guard.

Plue was one of three freshmen to play, joining kicker Carson Wiggs and linebacker Chris Carlino
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• Wiggs did a fine job kicking off for Purdue, but Tiller said it will be re-evaluated whether he'll continue to split punting duties with Chris Summers. In the opener, Wiggs handled shorter punts.



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