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August 18, 2012
The Boilermakers did some scrimmaging on Saturday, getting work with its top units against the No. 2 groups on the opposing sides.
"We had a great day," Hope said. "We had a lot of energy on the field. We practiced hard. It was physical across the line of scrimmage. You could hear the crunching. It was crisp and it was a good sound. ... We have 13 practices left before our opening game and we want to do it right 13 times, not practice 13 times to get it right.
"I like where we're at. We're not where we need to be yet, but I like where we're at. We're getting a lot better. Every time we come out to practice the team seems real driven, so I'm very encouraged by it."
The offense had only one pre-snap penalty on Saturday, and Hope said the group has minimized its errors "significantly" over the last two practices.
The top defense worked on its tackling against the No. 2 offense, and it also was able to get physical in a drill that had the offense backed up three yards deep in the end zone and trying to work its way out.
"We (were) running around fast and seemed sure," Hope said of his defense.
Crosby Wright was only walk-on awarded a scholarship, and that happened this summer. It's possible a couple more opportunities open up, though, depending on health of Jordan Shine and Mike Lee. Lee missed most of last spring with concussion symptoms and hasn't been on the field this camp.
Aloyis Gray's time in "Gang Green" could be coming to a close. Gray was recruited as a receiver and committed to Purdue as a junior but then wanted to get a shot at QB in college. The Boilermakers gave that to him.
"He's done OK," Hope said. "Had a chance to watch him some in skelly and some in the drills and he still has a lot of work to do."
Freshman Jonathan Curry was introduced with the running backs at the team's kickoff luncheon on Friday, and Hope said Saturday that Curry has been moved from tight end to fullback. Hope said Curry has been physical and reliable in camp.
"We really need a fullback in our offense right now and we like the way he hit in high school," Hope said. "I like what I see there. I think he has a future there."
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