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Teleconference notes

Safety David Bryant will be ready to go for Saturday's game at Purdue, Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill said during this morning's MAC coaches teleconference.

Bryant, who sprained an ankle a week-and-a-half before the Wisconsin game, was held out of NIU's 41-7 victory this past Saturday against Western Illinois as a precautionary measure.

"We held him out last week. We didn't have to," Kill said. "But we talked before the game and said if we could get going in the game we would try and let him heal up to where he was 100 percent instead of 90 percent. We were fortunate enough that we were able to get away with it. And he'll be ready to go against Purdue."

In Bryant's absence, safety Mike Sobol stepped up his play against the Leathernecks. Although he didn't get credit for it on the stat sheet, Sobol had a hand in a couple of Western Illinois turnovers.

"He had a good game," Kill said. "He played very well. He tackled well. He caused some turnovers. He played very aggressive."

Kill also offered a scouting report on the Boilermakers, singling out running back Ralph Bolden, who already has rushed for 357 yards.

"They have a tremendous running back," Kill said. "I've got a great deal of respect for him. He is a very, very good football player."

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