WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Boilermakers picked up the pace on day one of spring football practice. Players hustled from one station to another each time a drill ended.
"Coach Hazell is a lot into detail and that attention to detail is something we need as a team, whether it is reducing penalties or making big plays," said Purdue junior defensive end Ryan Russell. "So, that is definitely new and the tempo. Most times on the first day you don't go full-speed, and you don't do team drills. You know knowing the plays on the first day is definitely big. Last year coming in to spring we thought we were far ahead but coming into this year they are two completely different things. So, just going off that we are definitely farther on day one than we were halfway through spring ball last season."
It was a non-contact practice on day one for the Boilers. Purdue is continuing to practice the new systems that have been installed on offense and defense.
"I think they are throwing a lot at us," said Purdue senior quarterback Rob Henry. "So, I think they are seeing who is going to study hard and who is going to retain as much as they can on a day-to-day basis is very important. Six days from now we will be able to see who has done that."
"We installed a whole lot on both sides of the ball," said Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell. "Obviously we will take a look at the film and see where we are. These first six practices will be a little bit sluggish and then we will start to review after that."
Purdue did make some mistakes on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The glaring mistakes came on offense when the Boilers struggled to hold on to the ball. However, that issue can be attributed to the youth and not completely having the new system in place.
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