Danny Anthrop just finished a successful high school career with a fourth place in the 100-meters at the state finals earlier this month.
Now, he gets back to the football field, where he's experienced an equally successful prep career.
In this Entrance Interview, we catch up with the local two-sport star who's likely to start his career as a wide receiver for Danny Hope and Co.
Gold & Black: What's it been like the last couple weeks, with the start of workouts at Purdue?
Anthrop: "It was a lot different than what I expected. You go in there the first time and you're a little bit blown away about how things are run. But once everything starts to settle down, I think I might have impressed people with my speed, but I know everybody in there is working hard and it's really high tempo. I like that. I think that we're going to be really good this year."
Gold & Black: You must have had a quick turnaround, from the state track finals to starting workouts.
Anthrop: "It was like a matter of a couple days. It was the whole weekend and then once I had my physical on Monday and was cleared by Thursday, and I was working out that Thursday afternoon, so it was only a couple days off. So it's been a really quick change and I think that's kind of helped me in a way. I really like where I'm at right now."
Gold & Black: Are you fully moved to Purdue or home still?
Anthrop: "I'm not taking classes for the summer, so I'm still living at home for the summer. But I like it because I still have a little bit of time at home with family and everything. I like that I can still hang out with all my friends because I haven't gone so far away. I have a little bit of a summer left but I really can't stay out that late at night because I've got to get up for those 6 a.m."
Gold & Black: What have the workouts been like?
Anthrop: "They are really high tempo, that's one thing I noticed. I was doing really well until the first Tuesday when they had about half the freshmen in. It was a rough one. A few guys got sick. That was the first time I ever got sick during a workout."
Gold & Black: The coaches trying to put you through the ringer early, so you know what it's like?
Anthrop: "I think they went a little bit tougher on us than they usually would because they hadn't been that tough until the rest of the freshmen got in. But I can understand where they're coming from, and I think we ran more last Tuesday and I did a lot better that day. So I know I'm getting in better shape. As long as I push myself, I'll keep getting in better shape."
Gold & Black: You have to be happy with the way your high school career ended, at the state track finals, right?
Anthrop: "Yeah. I think it was great and was a good way to end anything. I'm glad I went to the (Champions of the) Midwest meet and ran against some freak athletes. It's been great, and I'm going to remember everything that I learned there, and I think it's time to move on."
Gold & Black: You looking forward to the challenge? You went to a smaller school and now can see how you stack up against other guys?
Anthrop: "Yeah, one thing that I've definitely noticed in 7-on-7 is that - not that certain people are faster - everything is a lot faster. The speed of the game is the biggest thing I'm going to have to get used to, and I'm already starting to adjust. The first day was tough, but the past few 7-on-7 sessions, it's been a lot easier and I've gotten help from the older guys, which I'm really grateful for. I'm starting to learn the playbook here a little bit, but I'm kind of nervous because in a couple weeks, I'll go to the All-Star game and have to learn another playbook."
Gold & Black: What makes you nervous?
Anthrop: "I'm not really nervous as much as I am excited. Maybe the thing that makes me most nervous is school, just because I went they were saying you need to put in so many hours of work per week. It could be tough the first six semesters, but hopefully I'll keep my grades up."
Gold & Black: What's your major?
Anthrop: "Law and society"
Gold & Black: Pretty interesting to you?
Anthrop: "I'm going to try to get a minor in forensic science and maybe do something with law enforcement."
Gold & Black: Are you playing wide receiver?
Anthrop: "Yeah, that's where I've been working out at with the team, and I think that's where they'll leave me for at least this year, or at the beginning where they'll start me at. You never know where you're going to end up. I really like it; it fits me well. I've been playing A back, which is what Antavian does and I've been learning from him. He's helped me out a lot and I've really appreciated that."
Gold & Black: You had a wrist injury prior to last football season that kept you from lifting upper body. Have you been able to do so lately?
Anthrop: "Yeah, I've already gained about seven pounds since I started, and that's a little over three weeks. I think that I'm getting a bigger in the upper body, and also lower. I'm getting a lot more explosive because the workouts they put you through at Purdue, everything they do has a reason and they're big into speed development, so that's great."
Gold & Black: Do you think you'll play right away?
Anthrop: "Right away? I really could not tell you. I could get redshirted. Coach Hope said 'Don't be surprised if I get redshirted, but don't count myself out.' I really can't tell you if I'll play right away, if I'm special teams or anything. I really don't know how many freshmen will be able to do that. I think we used have a lot of younger guys who are now juniors and seniors, so we're pretty set a lot of positions, but I'm going to be pushing people every day, trying to take people's spots. But there's only so much you can do. I couldn't tell you if I'm going to play right away, because if I get redshirted, then obviously I won't. I'm open to whatever the coaches want me to do."
Gold & Black: What's the biggest challenge?
Anthrop: "The biggest challenge if I want to play right away is the speed of the game. I don't know, and the entire atmosphere of the game would be a lot different than what people are used to."
Gold & Black: You're not that far away from home, so probably hard to miss anything, right?
Anthrop: "We don't see (brother) Dru that much. Dru says going to Purdue is like going to a whole other city; they have their own police, everything. I'll be away from home, but I'll definitely be happy that my mom's going to be able to help me out with some groceries here and there. And maybe that Sunday meal that you can't always get. But probably the thing I'll miss the most is all my friends from school."
Gold & Black: What number are you going to wear?
Anthrop: "I'm going to wear 33."
Gold & Black: That's what you wore in high school, too.
Gold & Black: Why 33?
Anthrop: "It really wasn't significant. When I was a freshmen, Coach O'Shea had like four numbers that were available and he gave me 33. So I've always kept that number and it's been working for me."
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