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Appleby: Its a long way from being over; Day 7 notes

AustinApplebygottodosomecelebratingFriday.
Afterapairofniceplayfakes,firsttotherunningbackandthentoareceiverinmotion,ApplebyletsailadeepballthatdroppedperfectlyintothehandsofShaneMikeskyforabouta60-yardtouchdowninteamworkonDay7ofPurduetrainingcamp.
Appleby'shandszippedupintheair,astherestoftheoffensewasscreaming.
That'sabouttheonlyshowofpositiveemotionApplebyhasallowedhimselfthiscamp,atleastpublicly,whilehe'sinthemidstofaquarterbackcompetition.
It'sbeenoneinwhichApplebyenteredcampasthirdbehindRobHenryandDannyEtling.
It'sbeenoneinwhichCoachDarrellHazellandcoordinatorJohnShoopseeminglyalwaysmentionApplebyasan"and…"
Butastronghandfulofrecentpractices-andEtling'sstrugglesoverthesameperiod-hadApplebygettinghisfirstsnapswiththeNo.1offenseonThursdayafternoonandkepthimwiththeNo.2offenseonFriday.
"IfeellikethelastcoupledaysI'vebeenabletoputacouplegoodpracticestogether,"ApplebysaidFriday."(I'm)justfocusingonallthethingsIsaidatthebeginningofcamp,focusingonplayingfaster,focusingontakingcareoftheball,focusingongettingitoutofmyhandandgoingthroughthereadsasfastaspossibleandbeenfortunatetoputacouplegooddaystogether."
Applebyalwayshasbeenonetospendasmuchtimeaspossiblewatchingfilm,hasevenjokedhe'sclosedupwiththejanitorinMollenkopfsincehe'sbeenatPurdue.
Butknowingtheoffensehasn'talwaystranslatedtoproducinginit.ThatshowedupsomeinthespringwhenhehadtoomanyturnoversforHazell'sliking,whichhelpedpushhimtothirdonthedepthchart.Thiscamp,gettingmorerepsagainstblitzesandmorecoverageshashelpedhimapplywhathe'slearnedpractically,andhe'sstartingtofeelmorecomfortable.
Thechallengewiththat,though,isnottakingtoomanychances.Forcingplayshurthiminthespring,buthe'srarelyhadturnoversthroughthefirstweekofcamp.That'snothappenstance.
"Themorerepsyouget,thebetteryougetatit.I'vejustbeenbeingconsciousabouttryingtogetthroughitasfastasIcanandifit'snotthere,don'tforceit,"hesaid."There'snothingwrongwithcheckingitdowntoabackwhocangogetfiveyardsforyouorbreakit.We'vegotalotofgreatathletes,andwhenyouthrowtheballtoAkeemHuntoutintheflatandhemakesaguymiss,wemighthavean80-yarder.
"I'vejustreallybeentryingtohavethementalendurance.Itrustmyarmalot.IbelieveIcanmakeanythrowonthefield.Withthat,sometimesyougreedythatIcanstickitinthere,maybe.Forme,it'sjustbeenthementalendurancetochecktheballdownandlivetofightanotherdown.It'sworkingout."
Henrycontinuestobethefirstquarterbacktogetasnapwiththefirstteam,andhehastakenthebulkofthosesnaps,too,thelasttwodays.
ButAppleby,everthefighter,knowstherestillareeightmoredaysofcamp.
"It'salongwayfrombeingover,"hesaid.
FightingthroughThoughtheteamhadonlyonepracticeFriday,comingoffitsfirsttwo-a-dayofcamp,Hazellsaidhenoticedsomesore,tiredplayers.
"Buttheypushedthroughitandthat'swhatcampisallaboutisbuildingthatmentaltoughnessandbeingabletopushthroughsomesituationswhereyoudon'tfeelascomfortableasyou'dliketofeel,"Hazellsaid."Butwe'llkeepgrindingandwe'llprobablypeakonthe13thandthenwe'llstarttotaperofffromthere.Butwe'redoingagoodjobofworking."
Saturdayalsoqualifiesasatwo-a-day,eveniftheafternoonsessionisstrictlyakickscrimmage.Theteamwillpracticeat10:30,getabreakandhavesomemeetingsandthenheadouttoRoss-AdeStadiumforthefirsttimethiscampforsomeheavyspecialteamwork.
NotonlyisHazellhopingforonekickertoemerge-PaulGriggsandSamMcCartneyaretheoptions-buthe'llalsogettoseehisteamgetsomeworkonkickoffs,whichhasn'thappenedmuchyetthiscamp.
DuringalatefieldgoaldrillonFriday,GriggsmissedbadlyandthenHazellcalleda"timeout"totrytoiceMcCartney.
MarcusFreemanandJafarWilliamswillcoacheachteam,whichalreadyhasbeendivided,Hazellsaid.
AcloserlookHazellwasmic'edupforpracticeandextracamerashavebeenoutthelastcoupleofdays.
Hazellsaidit'sforaseriescalled"OneBrickHigher"thatwillprovideabehind-the-sceneslookattheprogram.Hazellsaiditwillstartnextweek.
Theserieswilldebutonschool'swebsite,accordingtoPurdue.
GilliamupdateJoeGilliamwasbackwithhisteammatesonFridaymorning,buthewasn'tparticipatinginpractice.
Gilliamhadasplint-typewraponhisleftpinkiefingerafterhavingaproceduredoneThursdayafternoon,whichkepthimawayfrompractice.TheinjurycouldkeepGilliamoutuptothreeweeks,Hazellsaid.
"It'sgoingtoberightclosetothefirstgame,"Hazellsaid."HopefullybyCincinnati,wecangethimback."
JimmyHermanstayedwiththefirst-teamdefenseinGilliam'splaceandmadethreeconsecutive"tackles"duringteamworklateinpractice,butWillLucasalsogotacouplesnapsinthemiddlewiththe1s,too.LucashasstartedatweaksidelinebackerbutwasswitchedtostrongsidethisyearandwasbackingupAndyJamesGarcia.
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PurduehadmorefumbledsnapsonFriday,acommonoccurrencethiscamp,especiallywithbackupcenterCodyDavisClickEtc.HeretoviewthisLink..
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NormondoHarrisClick"Ithinkit'sjustthatwehavesomenewquarterbacksworkingwithcenters,"Davissaid."It'sdefinitelysomethingwe'vegottogetfixedfast.It'sinexcusablereally.Butit'ssomethingwe'vegottoworkon,focusonthecenter-to-quarterbackexchangeearlyinpractice,recognizethatyoudon'thaveajobifyoucan'tsnaptheball."HeretoviewthisLink.didn'thesitatewhenaskedwhichyoungreceiverhasmostimpressedhimincamp.
"DanMonterosoisputtingonashow,"hesaid."He'sclimbing.Ilikewhathe'sdoing.Everyoneiscominginandpickingthingsupfast,but,tome,he'sstandingout.Hegetsopenprettymuchoneveryplay.Hejustknowshowtogetopenandwhentheballcomeshisway,hecatchesitandheusuallydoesn'tgodownrightaway,hegetsacouplemoreyardsafterthecatch,whichisgood."
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MuchisbeingmadeofthestrengthofPurdue'sstartingsecondary,butthere'ssomedepth,too,especiallyatcornerback.
HarrisandAntoineLewishaveshownupincamp,makingaggressiveandbigplays.
"Everyoneislookingatitlikewehavestartersandthenwehavethebackups.Thewayweallseeitisintheend,everyonewhoknowstheirstuffandisgoodenoughtoplayisgoingtoplay,"Harrissaid."Nooneisgoingtoridethebenchifyou'regoodenoughtoplay.Someoneisgoingtoneedabreak,andwetrusteachothertocomeinandmakethesameplaytheywouldhaveplayediftheywerein.Sowemightaswellhavefourstartingcorners."
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