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TE and Sycamore grad Schepler out for Saturday; Kill sees good things from defensive line

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Schepler suffered the injury in the first half against Purdue this past Saturday.

Right guard Joe Pawlak (ankle) is questionable for Saturday. If he doesn't start, Panan Tense will. Pawlak was injured in the fourth quarter against the Boilermakers.

"Panan did very well and if Joe's not 100 percent we'll play Panan and we'll feel good about it," Kill said. "I think Panan did a nice job."

Linebacker/kick returner John Tranchitella (knee) will not play this week and the Huskies hope to have him back for next week's MAC opener against Western Michigan.

Finally, defensive end Jake Coffman is questionable for this week.

"That one I do not know where we're at," Kill said. "He will not practice today... Right now we're very. very cautious with that situation so he will not practice."

Coffman went down on the final play of the game and it's still unclear what happened.

Film analysis: Kill acknowledged that the win over Purdue was a great victory for the Huskies and how it meant a lot to the program to get its second-ever win over a Big Ten team.

But the game left Kill wanting a little more.

Here's what he had to say on what he saw on film...

"I have to look at it as a great week, but I have to go back in there and dissect it the film and I just see us, we could get so much better – just being honest with you – we could be so much better. Yeah, we won the game, we had this amount of yards and all that but we could have been so much better.

"Shoot, we left three touchdown passes on the field. We could be so much better. So that's my job. I've got to coach them. Everybody looks at the big picture but I've got to coach them on a day-to-day basis."

We'll have more on this and Kill's approach to this week in Wednesday's Daily Chronicle and right here on HuskieWire.com.

Kill also commented on the improving defensive line, specifically some of the young players...

"Sean Progar is gaining some confidence, he was a little banged up at the end of camp and now he's feeling better about himself," Kill said. "[Brian] Lawson is playing very well. Alan Baxter is playing unbelievable for a true freshman. Not good, unbelievable for a true freshman."

Quotable: "I don't think he has many bad days." – Kill on running back Chad Spann.

More fake punt: We'll have three videos up from today's news conference later tonight, including one of Kill being asked to rehash the fake punt from the fourth quarter of the victory against Purdue.

Kill credited Ron Newcomb for his play to help spring Justin Anderson on his first-down run.

"Ron Newcomb threw a critical block on that play," Kill said.

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