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Griggs, MacDougall still battling; Wednesday notebook

PaulGriggstypicallydoesn'tlackforconfidence.
Inthespring,hesaidhewaslookingto"own"Purdue'stopfieldgoalkickerspotinthefall.Madesense,consideringhewasthestarterin2013andalsohadsevenattemptsasatruefreshmanin2012.
Butsofarovertheteam'sfirstthreeweeksofpractices,juniorGriggshasn'testablishedafirmholdonthejob,dueinparttoanupgradeincompetition.Fifth-yeartransferIanMacDougallhasbeenlargelyconsistentsincehearrivedatPurdueinthefall,somuchsothatCoachDarrellHazellsaidafterWednesday'skickingscrimmagehe'snotsurewhowillbethestarterforWeek1.
OnWednesday,Griggsmade6-of-12fieldgoals,andMacDougallwas9-for-13.Amongthemissesforthekickers,eightwereinside40yards.
"Ithinkit'sgoingtobedifficulttodecide,basedon(Wednesday's)performance,"Hazellsaid."IthoughttheywereOKinthefirsthalf,andweweren'tasgoodasweneedtobeinthesecondhalf.We'vegottohitthose.Theywereallshortfieldgoals,andweneedtobeabletohitthoseshortfieldgoals.
"We'lltakealongandcloselookatitandmakeadecisionwhichguyisourguy."
Griggs'makeswerefrom30,31,34,36,35and42,buthemissedfrom32,34,34,36,37and46.Onemisswasofftheleftupright,anotherkickwasblocked.
GriggswasworkingwithAustinApplebyasaholder,andJesseSchmittasthesnapper.ApplebyhadanicesaveoffabadsnapandgotitdownforGriggstostillkickitthrough.GriggssaidpunterThomasMeadowswillbethefirst-teamholderduringtheseason.
"I'vedoneprettywell,"Griggssaidofhisfall."WesatdownwithCoach(Brian)Masonbeforecampandwrotesomegoalsdown,andI'mprettyclosetomygoals.(Wednesday),obviously,wasnotliketherestofthepracticeswe'vehad.Itwasalittlebitmorekickingfocused,soitwasabiggerdayforthespecialistsandwe'regoingtogowatchthefilmandseehowitturnedout.ButIthinkI'vebeendoingprettywellandbuildingalotofconfidencefortheseason."
Griggssaidhedidn'tknowhisfieldgoalpercentageduringcampbutsaidheandMacDougallhavecombinedtomakeabout75percent.Thegoalwas80percent,hesaid.
Inhiscareer,Griggshasmade10-of-19fieldgoals(53percent).
MacDougall'sgameexperienceislimitedtoDivisionIIIWabashCollege,wherehestartedkickingonthefootballteamaftermakingtheswitchfromsoccerafterhisfreshmanyear.Inthreeyears,MacDougallmade26-of-38fieldgoals.
"ThenicepartisthattranslatingfromDivisionIIItoDivisionI,theuprightsarestillthesame,thehashmarksarestillthesame,youstillkickofffromthesamespot,"MacDougallsaid."Granted,theguysherearealotbiggerandalotfaster.Tome,kickingiskicking.Forme,it'sactuallyreallytherapeutic.Ienjoyjusthittingthesnotoutoftheballandwatchingitgothroughtheuprightsorgooutthebackoftheendzone."
MacDougallsaidhe'd"obviously"liketobePurdue'skickerfortheseasonopener,buthealsothinkshisbestcharacteristicisbeingagoodteammate.Whoeverthechoiceis,MacDougallsaidthegoalistobe"thebestspecialistunittogooutintheBigTenthisyear."
Griggsseemstohaveenjoyedthecompetition,too.Andwillcontinuetofightforthejob.
"IanandIaregoingoutthereeverydayandbuildingeachotherupandgettingbetter,"Griggssaid."Yourcoachesgettomakethatdecision,andwejustgooutthereanddoourthinganddoittothebestofourability."(SC)
ConfidenceinMeadows
Meadowshasn'thadmuchcompetitionforhisNo.1puntingresponsibilities.
Buthe'snotneededit;thejuniorhaspuntedwellsincetakingoverforRayGuyfinalistCodyWebsterinthespring.MeadowsseemedtohaveaconsistentdaypuntingWednesdayafternoon,especiallywithhisskykicks.Hehadpuntsdownedatthe4andthe7andanotherwascalledforafaircatchatthe9.
"Tome,thatguyhasbeenreally,reallyspecial,"Hazellsaid."Whatmakeshimspecialishisconsistency,hejustcontinuestodrivetheballandhislocationhasbeenverypreciseforus.
"He'sverymature.He'sverycalm.Andhe'sworkedatit."
It'shelpedMeadowstohaveonlyonekickingresponsibilitynow.Afterkickingoffhisfirsttwoseasons,Meadowsgavethatupforthisyear-responsibilitywillfalltoGriggsandMacDougall-andhe'snotkickingfieldgoals,either.
"IthinkIfeelmorecomfortablethanIlook,"Meadowssaid."Ifeelreallycomfortablebackthere.IknowthatifIgetagooddrop,I'mgoingtokillit,doareallygoodjob.IfeellikeIhavereallygoodtouchontheballrightnowandcanpinguysinsidethe20andinsidethe10whenIcan.Ifeelreallyconfident,althoughtherearestillsomethingstoworkon."
MorefromMeadowsThursday.(KC)
MoreMostert
RaheemMostert'sspecialteamshighlightsaregenerallyreservedforkickoffreturn.
ButWednesday,heblockedafieldgoal,comingofftherightedgetoknockitdown.Helikelydidn'twinhimselfajob-Purdueprobablydoesn'twanttooverworkitsNo.1runningback-buthecouldbeanoption.
"Ifthere'soneofthosesituationsattheendofthegame,hemightbeaguyyouthrowoutthere,"Hazellsaid.(KC)
Comingup
PurduewillpracticelightlyforthenextfewdaysbeforegearingupnextweekforWesternMichigan.
TheBoilermakerswillbeinshellsforaclosedpracticeonThursday,thenwillhaveawalk-thru-they'llrehearseasifplayingagame-onFridayfollowingthekickoffluncheon.PlayersareoffSaturday,thengolightonSundayandoffagainonMonday,thefirstdayofclasses.
"Then,Tuesday,WednesdayandThursday,we'llpairitwaydownandgetreadytogo,"Hazellsaid.(KC)
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