April 1, 2013
Analysis: Practice No. 8
Purdue was in shells only Monday for its eighth spring practice, meaning shoulder pads and shorts, making the workout lighter than it had been over the last few outings. Following is our observations of Monday's activities.
Purdue ended its practice with a two-minute drill, with the 1s facing the 1s - and 2s vs. 2s - in a non-tackling simulation. The offense, trailing 21-17 on the scoreboard, took over at its own 34-yard line, needing to travel 66 yards in 1:01 for the score.
Neither offensive group was successful. The Rob Henry-led 1s saw their drive frizzle when safety Taylor Richards picked off a pass over the middle. There appeared to be a miscommunication of sorts, with wide receiver Shane Mikesky running up the seem rather than cutting off his route.
It ended the drive near the defense's 30-yard line. Henry was 2-of-4 for 16 yards with the interception, with the completions going to Mikesky on a crossing route for 14 and to Charles Torwudzo for a short-gainer.
The 2s advanced farther, but couldn't score. Although the defensive pass-rush was a problem for the O-line, Austin Appleby was 5-of-7 for 43 yards. He was sacked once.
The drive ended on a fourth-and-one from the defense's 26-yard line with only 7.8 seconds left. At the snap, Appleby was flushed right, forcing him to heave out of the back of the end zone. The pass was caught, by tight end Carlos Carjaval, but at least five yards beyond the end line.
Appleby completed two passes to Dolapo Macarthy for 17 yards, one to Justin Sinz for six, one to Gary Bush for 16 and one to David Yancey[db] for seven.
Monday, Torwudzo, Mikesky and [db]B.J. Knauf spent a majority of their time with the No. 1 offense.
Spent time watching a WR vs. DB drill, with the Boilermakers going one-on-one to try to come up with the ball.
Now, there are some extra variables - quarterbacks being the main one - that affect the one-on-one battle.
On the ones I witness, Normondo Harris came up with the "pick-six." Harris had a PBU on another pass, knocking it away from Cameron Posey. On another Frankie Williams darted in front of Torwudzo, tipped the pass and hauled it in for the pick.
The receivers had success too. Torwudzo used his body to shield off Williams, just a couple plays before Williams got him back with the int.
Macarthy hauled in a deep pass to the end zone, reaching around the back of corner Antoine Lewis to snag it. Ricardo Allen, who missed much of the day with an ankle injury suffered Friday, had some advice to Lewis on the sideline. Allen instructed Lewis to "go vertical" rather than lean back into Macarthy.
"He's too tall," Allen said. "
Don't wait for him to go for it."
During a 7-on-7, linebackers coach Marcus Freeman implored his linebackers to communicate better.
"I need to know how many receivers are in the game," he said.
Purdue's field goal kicking continues to be, um, a work-in-progress.
Paul Griggs was 2-of-5, with makes at 22- and 32-yards. But he missed at 25-, 37- and 33-yards, the last in hurry-up mode with the clock winding down. Sam McCartney was 0-1, missing from 41; and Thomas Meadows was perfect on his two attempts - and showed a powerful leg in doing so - hitting from 22 and 25.
With Kevin Pamphile not at practice during the early portion - it appears he has a class on Mondays - J.J. Prince was with the first team at right tackle. Later during the two-minute drill, Pamphile was back with the 1s after getting stretched out on the sideline.
Justin Kitchens and Robert Kugler look entrenched at right tackle and center, respectively, but the guards are up for grabs. Jordan Roos, Jason King, Devin Smith and Cody Davis each got opportunities Monday.
Defensive tackle Bruce Gaston was more active in practice Monday.
The senior has been sidelined all spring by a hand injury, but had it wrapped up and participated lightly. He was in hand-to-hand contact with an offensive lineman, although he obviously didn't tackle anyone on a low-contact day.
As you know, when Purude is in its "Okie" defense, Armstead Williams is the fourth linebacker.
But on Monday, there was a slight change, as Ryan Watson was the nose tackle; previously it had often been Michael Rouse.
Not sure if we've reported this anyway yet - it's huge news - but Purdue is going to use the spread punt formation, it appears.
With Allen sidelined, the primary return men Monday were Raheem Mostert, Yancey, Frankie Williams and Akeem Hunt. None are really separating themselves and drops are still an issue.
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