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Shortell needs protection to shine

Freshman QB Max Shortell didn't look very comfortable in last week's 58-0 loss at Michigan. That's because he didn't have any time to throw the ball. If he plays this Saturday at Purdue, protecting him better will be the number one priority.
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Freshman QB Max Shortell didn't look very comfortable in last week's 58-0 loss at Michigan. That's because he didn't have any time to throw the ball. If he plays this Saturday at Purdue, protecting him better will be the number one priority.

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