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August 8, 2012
The Boilermakers went full pads on the fifth day of camp and practiced in Ross-Ade Stadium.
For the first time this camp, the offense was able to mix up its personnel groupings and formations, showing the defense different looks and forcing that unit to get matched up. In the early part of camp, the offense was staying with one- or two-back sets, Hope said.
"It gave us a chance offensively to set the tempo and that was good for our offense," Hope said. "They gained a little bit of edge as a result of that."
The first-team offensive line also got some cut-block work in against the No. 2 defensive front, and the 1s on defense got to work on pass rush against the second-team offensive line.
There also was a bit of scrimmage work in second-and-7 situations with the first team units going head-to-head and the No. 2 groups going against each other.
The special teams units worked on protections and picking up different looks.
Nearly all the grades are in from summer school and though there's nothing definitive yet, Hope is feeling confident Purdue won't lose any players to academics this fall.
He said the incoming freshmen combined to post nearly a 3.0 GPA in the summer, and the team is closing in on a 2.8 cum GPA.
"I don't anticipate getting any bad news," Hope said once all the grades are in. "It looks like everyone is going to be eligible."
Purdue will have its first two-a-day on Thursday with morning and afternoon practices. The morning one will be in shells, but Hope said the team will scrimmage in full pads in the afternoon practice.
"I won't be able to sleep tonight I'll be so excited," Hope said.
Receiver B.J. Knauf missed his third consecutive day of practice with a back injury. Hope said Knauf is improving quicker than what the staff thought he would and hopes the freshman will be back on the field in a couple more days.
Robert Maci suffered the only injury of the first day in pads, getting stitches on his face, possibly his lip or chin. "A little worse than shaving, but he's going to be all right," Hope said.
Most of the group of freshmen offensive linemen appeared to be sporting new haircuts for practice - of the Mohawk/partially shaved head variety. Hope joked that they were just "trying to make a good first impression here as rookies at Purdue."
Hope likes what he's seen from freshmen kickers Thomas Meadows and Paul Griggs, saying Meadows has been sticking some kickoffs into the end zone and Griggs has shown a powerful leg on field goals.
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