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Gold and Black Illustrated, Vol 27, Digital 5

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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 27, ISSUE 5 26 M arkus Bailey didn't quite reach his zone. He was supposed to have a 12-yard drop toward the hash- es in Purdue's Cover 3 on the third play against Indiana in the finale last season. But knowing it was a third-and-seven and that IU's receivers probably would be running stick routes toward the first-down marker — he knew those were high-percentage routes in that situation against that coverage — Bailey slowly backpedaled to- ward his zone area instead of pushing hard on the snap. He was baiting quarterback Richard Lagow, wanting Lagow to try to zip a pass between where the holes in the zone should be, between the curl flat and Bailey. But Bailey made sure there was no hole. Armed with intangibles, talent, Bailey intent on becoming great Tom Campbell Markus Bailey doesn't like to look back at his first season as a full-time starter, even though he led Purdue in tackles and interceptions. He has higher expectations for Year 2 in a defensive scheme that may suit his skills even more. 'It' Factor BY STACY CLARDIE SClardie@GoldandBlack.com

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