Friday, April 11, 2014
Spring game preview: Purdue
By Adam Rittenberg
Ten Big Ten teams wrap up their spring sessions this weekend with a game, or something resembling one. Our look at each team's spring finale wraps up with the Purdue Boilermakers.
When: 1 p.m. ET Saturday
Where: Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.
Tickets: Admission is free, and free parking is available in the A Lot, F Lot, G Lot, H Lot (upper and lower), R Lot and Z Lot
TV: Streamed on BTN2Go.com
Weather forecast: Mostly sunny, highs in the high 60s and lower 70s, winds between 15-17 mph
What to watch for: The Boilers will play four 12-minute quarters and could use a running clock in the second half, depending on how many plays are run. Quarterbacks will be live at times during the game. Seniors drafted the rosters earlier this week, and quarterback Danny Etling went to the Gold team, while quarterback Austin Appleby will lead the Black squad. Freshman David Blough will call signals for both teams.
Purdue coach Darrell Hazell wants to see more production out of the quarterbacks, who likely will continue to compete well into preseason camp. Etling will face a Black squad secondary featuring several projected starters, including cornerback Frankie Williams and safety Taylor Richards. Although Etling has DeAngelo Yancey, the Boilers' top wideout in 2013, at his disposal, Appleby leads a team featuring wideouts Danny Anthrop and Dan Monteroso, as well as running back Raheem Mostert, the most impressive offensive performer of the spring. The Gold team counters with Akeem Hunt at running back.
The Gold squad features several experienced linebackers as well as defensive tackle Ra'Zahn Howard, Purdue's top defensive standout this spring. It should be fun for fans to see Howard, who has superstar potential, go against veteran center Robert Kugler, drafted No. 1 overall by the seniors.
Purdue cut down on turnovers and other mistakes this spring, and it's important for the team to show its fans that things are getting better, especially on offense.