West Lafayette – The temperatures were a bit cooler, but it was still evident that it was the beginning of August as the blowing of whistles, yelling of snap counts, and correcting by coaches filled the air around the Bimmel Practice Complex as the Purdue Football team took part in it’s second day of their 2016 fall camp.
Simplicity has been the word used most by the players and coaching staff of Purdue as the Boilermakers looked to set aside flashy and stick to basics and it was apparent on Friday. During 7 on 7 drills Purdue used considerably less motions and fancy routes and kept things simple, but effective. On one particular play Quarterback David Blough hit Dominique Young on a slant route that was placed in the perfect place, erupting a “That’s perfect!” response from Darrell Hazell. The offense looked in touch on it’s second day, even if some drops by the receivers made it look not to be that way.
Matt McCann took most of the time at right tackle, but it wasn’t without constant correction by offensive line coach Darrell Funk. During a sled drill Funk said, “If you’re going to be in this position you’re going to do it right!” The 6’6″ 314 pound freshman must have done something right during the spring as he leap frogged fifth year senior Cameron Cermin.
Speaking of the offensive line, Martese Patterson, who is currently solidified his spot at left tackle, is massive compared to last season. Patterson is listed at 6’4″ and 340 pounds, and looks to be set to protect the QB’s blind side. Paterson has been talked up a lot since coming to West Lafayette and it looks as thought it’s time for him to show what he can do.
News and Notes
D.J. Knox appears to coming along nicely from his ACL surgery. He seemed to be agile while working a ladder drill during practice.
Some new faces at Purdue has some considerable speed, with two standouts being Jackson Anthrop and Brian Lankford Johnson. Both should make some significant contributions, especially in the return game.
In terms of running back there was a rotation for the number two spot between David Yancey and Tario Fuller. Both played snaps at the back up position, and seemed to succeed. Markell Jones looks as good as ever as he made a tremendous catch during a linebacker vs. running back drill, and also seems to be quicker on his cuts.
Purdue returns to the practice field tomorrow at 10:15 a.m. Practices are open to the public.
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