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Etlings focus on improving; Day 3 notes

DannyEtlinginsiststhereisnotimeduringpracticetoworryaboutPurdue'scompetitionforstartingquarterback.
Heinsistshismindisbusyfocusingonhismotion,gettingthelengthyplaycallsincorrectly,makingsuretherestoftheoffenseislinedupandthenidentifyingdefensespre-andpost-snap.
It'salottotakeinforanyQB,especiallyatruefreshmanwhoadmitsthepaceoftrainingcamphasrisenanotchsincehispracticefielddebutinthespring.
ButEtlingispushingandstrivingtoputtogetherwhathethinksit'lltaketobenamedtheWeek1starter.Thoughhe'sbecomehesitanttosaytoomuchabouthimself-coordinatorandQBcoachJohnShoophasbeenstressinga"we"message-EtlingknowshehasashottobetheguyDarrellHazellchoosesintwoweeks.
"It'sjustabodyofwork,"EtlingsaidafterDay3ofcamponMonday."IfIcanputtogetherabetterbodyofwork,that'swhyI'dbethestarter.ButifRob(Henry)putsupagreaterbodyofwork,heshouldbethestarter.IfAustin(Appleby)putsupagreaterbodyofwork,heshouldbethestarter.
"I'mdefinitelyconfidentinmyabilitiesandI'mconfidentinallmyteammates,too,thatthey'regoingtohelpmeout."
Therehasbeennoholdingbacktheplaybookearlyincamp.Shoopisgivingallthequarterbackseverythingtheycanhandle-andmore,insomecases.
Hazellsaidthoughallthequarterbackshavegottenbettereachdayearlyincamp,thereisonewhohasbeenslowtograspthe"language"oftheoffense.Hewouldn'tsaywhichone.
WhenaskedspecificallyaboutEtling,Hazellsaidhe's"gettingbetter."
"There'ssomuchthat'sbeingthrownathimrightnow,buthe'shandlingitprettywell,"Hazellsaid."Iexpecthimtokeepgrowingaswegoalong."
EtlingsaidheisOKwithcoachesalwayspushinghimtoimprove.
"CoachShoopalwaystellsme,'Ifyougobacktoyourdormatnightandthink,I'vegotthis,I'mgoingtoputin20moreplays,'"Etlingsaidwithasmile."Hegoes,'Youshouldbestudyinghardeverynightuntilyoufeellikeit'soverwhelming,butthenyoucomeouthereandyou'vejustgottoplay.'
"Ithinkit'sslowingdown(forme).It'smostlymerelaxingandmyteammatesgettingmerelaxed.…Ifinallyamstartingtofeellikethey'vegotmybackandIdon'thavetodosomuch."
TheNo.1goalHazellhasbeenstressingtotheQBsistakingcareoftheball.Etlingdidn'thaveanyinterceptionsonMondayafterthrowingatleasttwoonSunday.He'salsohadseveralpassesbatteddownattheline,whichcouldbeanissueofhim"staringdownyourguys,"hesaid.
That'sanissueHazellhastalkedtoEtlingabout,lookingoffintendedreceiverstonotallowthedefensethatadvantage.
It'sjustanotherelementEtlingsaidhe'sworkingonashe'scontinuingtheunder-fireteachingasayoungplayer.
"IthinkI'mmostcomfortableonmoreoftheplay-actionstuffandtheoptionofthethrowingorrunning,"Etlingsaid."I'mstilltryingtogetmorecomfortablewithinthepassinggameandwhatI'mreadingandrecognizingcoveragesandeverything."
Mixandmatching
Guardwasoneofthepositionstowatchthiscamp,andsofar,it'sbeenentertaining.
CodyDavisworkedwiththefirstteamonDay1,thenJordanRoosmovedfromsecondtofirstteamforDay2andDaviswasbackwiththestartersonDay3.
Inthefirstdayinshoulderpads,Roos,asexpected,madeanimpression.Likeheshowedinthespring,Roosiseagertobephysical,evenpushingittoclosetothelimitattimes.DuringonedrillonMondaywhenoffensivelinemenwenthead-to-headwithdefensivelinemen,RoosmanhandledfreshmanJohnnyDanielsandflunghimtothegroundwhenitwasdone.Thatwasn'tappreciatedbytherestoftheD-line,BruceGastonshoutingouttoDanielsnottotakethatkindofplay.
Butit'ssimplywhoRoosis,ascragglyhairedandbeardednastylinemanwhoplayshardtothewhistle-andsometimesafterit.
"Heisatoughguyandacouplewordsthatmymomwouldbeupsetwith,"Bridgesaid."Jordanisthatguy.Helikestoplayhard.IlikethataboutJordan.We'vegottogethimnowtotakethatgreateffortandgreatattitudeandcombineitwithhisassignmentandhisfootworkandexecutebetter.Buthe'sgottheinternalstuff."
TheleftguardspotperhapsisbeingsolidifiedwithDevinSmith,whowasthoughttobepushedbyanotherredshirtfreshman,JasonKing.Sofar,though,Smithhasreignedontheleftside,andhiscombinationwithKevinPamphileattacklehasHazellhappy.
"Ireallylikeourleftsideoftheline.Thosetwoareplayingextremelywelltogether,"Hazellsaid."Soifyoucangetacouplemoreguystoplaylikethoseguys,youlikeyourchances."
Injuryupdate
DolapoMacarthyhadsomeswellinginhissurgericallyrepairedkneeonMonday,sohegotfewersnapsthanhehadthefirsttwopractices.Buthe'sstillconsideredastarterandhewasoneofthreereceivers,includingDannyAnthropandB.J.Knauf,Hazellmentionedasmakinganimpressionthisfall.
Third-stringlinebackerRubenIbarrawasinabootwithwhatHazellcalledananklesprainandcouldmisstwoweeks.
Quarterback-turned-receiverBilalMarshall,whohadimpressedhisfirsttwodaysofpracticeatthenewposition,wasoutonMondaywitha"hipflexorstrain,"accordingtoHazell.Hazelldidn'texpectittokeepMarshallouttoolong,sayingthestaffwasbeingcautious.
FreshmanRa'ZahnHowardpassedhissicklecellanemiatest,Hazellsaid,andwasonthefieldforthefirsttimeparticipatingonMonday.
"Justwatchinghimforthefirsttime,he'sgotsomeprettygoodfeetfora324-poundguy,"Hazellsaid.
TurningitupWithshoulderpadsonforthefirsttimethiscamp,PurduepickedupitsintensityandphysicalityonDay3.
That'sexactlywhatHazellwanted.
"They'restartingtolearnthetempo,startingtolearntobeaphysicalfootballteam.That'soneoftheemphasiswetalkedaboutatourteammeetingthismorningiswe'regoingtomakesurewe'retoughandphysicalfootballteam,"Hazellsaid."(Monday)withpadsonwasourfirstopportunitytobangalittlebit.They'restartingtogetit.It'sfuntowatch."
TheteamwillwearshoulderpadsagainTuesdayanddosomesituationalwork-redzoneorseconddown,etc.-beforetheygetinto"heavybanging"withfullpadsonWednesday.
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