Spring football camps are closing up for summer all over B1G country. Purdue is the first team we at Know It All Football have had the privilege of previewing after the spring game. Luck or just poor timing by us? Call it what you will; this post-game preview allows us to take a little closer look at what we can expect for the Boilermakers heading into the 2013 season.
Camp Opens: March 18th
Spring Game: April 13th
First year head coach Darrell Hazell got his first up close and personal look at his team last week when Team Black defeated Team Gold 14-0 in a turnover-filled spring game at Ross-Ade Stadium. Heading into spring camp, the most obvious and glaring position race was at quarterback. The spring game did very little to provide any clarity on who the front runner will be this fall. Senior Rob Henry probably came out of the game looking the best as he was able to hold onto the ball and throw an 8 yard touchdown pass in the first half, while the rest of the quarterback field combined for 3 turnovers and no scoring. Look for redshirt freshman Austin Appleby and Bilal Marshall to push Henry this fall. To say that the quarterback position at Purdue is still unsettled would be an understatement.
As previously stated, turnovers plagued the team during the spring game, with 5 being the combined total. The sloppy play by the offenses can be attributed to the fact that the team is still getting acclimated to their new coach’s system and style of play. However, while the offense sputtered, the defense shined. Jalani Phillips, Michael Rouse III, and Andy James Garcia all had interceptions and the defensive line, which should be a major strength this season, showed the pass rush needed to be successful this fall.
Hazell kept the play calling very vanilla, which the scoreboard shows. Akeem Hunt was one of the bright spots to come out of the game, rushing the ball 19 times for 134 yards and scoring on a 15-yard run at the end of the first quarter. Hazell and his staff have an uphill battle on their hands if they want to bring Purdue back to a respectable place among the college football ranks. Anything over 3 wins this upcoming season should be looked at as a successful step forward for a program that has slipped on hard times the last decade.
Up Next: Wisconsin
BY RYAN OSBAHR ON APRIL 22, 2013