Gerad Parker has been preparing to become a head coach even though it happened much sooner than he expected. The former wide receivers coach for Purdue was promoted to interim coach on Sunday following the firing of Darrell Hazell and the Boilermakers take a 3-3 record on the road this weekend to eighth ranked Nebraska.
“I have always taken notes in my phone and I have got a journal of guys that I would think I would want to hire and notes of the stuff I loved that other coaches I worked for did”, said Parker. “Yeah this has been a dream and a goal and I certainly wasn’t ready for this right now.”
Parker says there won’t be major schematic changes but one area of emphasis is run defense. The Boilermakers are giving up just over 264 yards on the ground per game and that ranks last in the Big Ten.
“We got our hands full and our staff knows that. But they are also excited because we don’t have anything to lose.”
Nebraska will counter with a ground game that averages 220 yards per game and has helped them put away the last two games with lengthy fourth quarter drives.
“I think it is our determination to finish”, said Husker senior running back Terrell Newby. “We always want to finish with the ball in our hands and leave it on us.”