Thursday, April 12, 2012
Spring game preview: Purdue
By Brian Bennett
We're getting you set for each of this weekend's seven Big Ten spring games with a short preview of every one.
Let's take a look now at Purdue's Black and Gold Game:
When: 1 p.m., Saturday
Where: Ross-Ade Stadium
TV: The game will be streamed live over the internet by the Big Ten Network on both BTN2Go and The Big Ten Digital Network. The Big Ten Network will air the game Monday at 7 p.m.
Admission: Free. Gates open at noon. Free parking is available in the R Lot, H Lot and Upper H Lot.
Weather forecast: A 60 percent of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 72.
What to watch for: The Boilermakers' game will consist of three periods. The first half will span 45 minutes with a running clock and the third and fourth quarters will go 20 minutes each with a running clock.
Head coach Danny Hope revamped his defense this spring, hiring coordinator Tim Tibesar from the CFL to switch things up. Purdue has practiced mostly behind closed doors as it installs the new defense, so this game offers the first glimpse of what Tibesar has brought to the table. Players have said the defense is faster and more aggressive, but the scheme does not look all that different to the untrained eye.
The Boilers also have a heated quarterback competition, with Caleb TerBush, Robert Marve and Rob Henry all healthy and all owning starting experience. Henry has been limited for precautionary reasons as he heals from an ACL injury, so he might not do a lot in the spring game. Still, it will be interesting to see how Hope divides up the reps.
Mostly, you'll want to see if this team actually looks like the sleeper Leaders Division candidate some have made it out to be. The spring game won't decide that by any means, but it would be nice for Purdue to see some clean, crisp execution, especially considering how many veteran starters are back.