Is this your deepest Purdue team?
DH: It's significantly improved from a personnel standpoint. We're much further along. We've never before started the season with a quarterback that has any game experience at all.
Are you almost too deep at quarterback?
DH: That throws people off sometimes. Caleb Terbush went into spring ball as No. 1 and he came out of spring ball as No. 1. But we're always going to try to get our No. 2 quarterback, Robert Marve, in the game at some points. That way if No. 1 gets injured, No. 2 has some game experience.
SI: HOW IMPORTANT WAS WINNING A BOWL GAME LAST YEAR?
DH: REALLY IMPORTANT. [PREVIOUSLY] WE HAD PUT IN SOME GREAT EFFORT AND FALLEN SHORT. TO WIN WAS HUGE. BUT IT ALSO MADE US HUNGRIER.
What made you bring Tim Tibesar to Purdue as your defensive coordinator?
DH: His head coach in the CFL, Marc Trestman, told me Tim was one of the brightest football minds he's been around, with a great mastering of the fundamentals. Our interview substantiated everything Marc had said. Tim's a very high-character guy, and his defensive plan is rock solid.
What do you want to change on defense?
DH: We didn't have enough takeaways last season. We were able to manufacture more pressure in the second half of the season with our front line.