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Heacock pushing secondary; Day 2 notes

Withthreestartersbackandthefourthaformernickelbackwithplentyofgamereps,Purdue'ssecondaryappearsingoodshapefor2013.
ButsecondarycoachJonHeacockisn'tsoquicktoofferpraise,thoughthegroupincludesfour-yearstarterRicardoAllenandmulti-yearstarterLandonFeichter.
Heacocklikesthetalent,sure,buthealsoknowswhatgroupdidlastseason.TheBoilermakersallowednearly234passingyardspergamein2012,ranking10thintheBigTen.
"Whatdoweneedtodobetter?Everything,"HeacocksaidSundayaftertheteam'ssecondpracticeoftrainingcamp."Whenyoulookatthenumbersfromthepast-andIdon'tlikegoingthere-butwehavetobereal.Yeah,we'reallbackbutwe'regoingtohavetoplayalotbetter.
"Ithinkthat'sthefunpartaboutthisgroup.Ithinkthey'resharpenoughtoknowhowweplayediscriticalandwe'vegottochangeanddosomethingsbetter,andbeingbackwillhelpthemdosomethingsbetter."
Oneofthegoalsincampwillbetofindatopeight,minimally,thoughHeacockwouldliketogo10deepwithconfidence.Rightnow,headmitsthereareonly"sixorsevenguyswhoreallyknowwhat'shappening.Theotherguysarestillinthelearningmode."
ThetopplayersrightnowincludeAllen,FrankieWilliams,NormondoHarrisandAntoineLewisatcornerback,andFeichter,TaylorRichardsandAnthonyBrownatsafety.Harriscurrentlyispartofthenickelpackage,thoughAllenwillonceagainslideinsidetoactuallyplaythenickelbackthisseason.Lewisisthebackupnickelatthispoint.
Heacockwouldliketofindmoredepthatsafety,andhe'sworkingwithEvanFeichter,KyleMarzec,AshkanMizaniandfreshmanAustinLogan.
DepthisespeciallycriticalbecauseHeacocksaidmost,ifnotall,ofhistopplayersinthesecondaryalsoplayspecialteams,andhe'dratherhavehisplayersrestondefensethanspecialteams.Butinordertodothat,heneedstofeelcomfortablewithbringingguysoffthesideline.
AllenthinksLewiscanbesomeonewhocancomeinandmakeplays,especiallyashebecomesmoredisciplined.
"Whenitcomesdowntomakingplaysinpractice,he'soneofthetopguyswhomakesplayseveryweek,"Allensaid."Sometimeshegoesoutoflineofwhatcoachwants.Eventhoughhemadeaplay,sometimesit'snotforhimtomakeaplay,buthe'saverycompetitive,reallynaturalcorner.Icanreallyseeifoneofusgottired,Icouldseehimcomingintothegameandmakingplaysbecausehedidlastyear."
Heacocksaidhehasaneagerbunchthathecantellmadeprogressintheoffseason,butnowit'suptohimtofine-tuneandcontinuetoteachtheplayerstodevelopabetterproductthanin2012.
"Wehavesomeworktodo.Thebestnewsformeandourgroupisthey'rejustdyingtodoit,"Heacocksaid."Thatmakesitalotoffuntocoach.Ijusttoldthem,ifwepracticelikewepracticed,youcancoachthem.Youdon'thavetocheeronrunhere,runthere,they'rerunningtheplayandnowit'smyjobtocoachthemtodotherightthings.Youcantellwe'vehad16practices.They'veimprovedsincewe'vegottenhereonDay1.I'mproudoftheirattitudesandtheireffort.Thekeynowistoteachthemwhattodoandthatallowsthemtocontinuetoplayfast.
"We'restillonthegroundfloor.Ihaven'tlookeduptotheceiling.I'mnotsurethereisonewiththisgroup.Butwe'restillonthebasefloorandIthinkthat'sfairatthispointintime.Ithinkthat'swhereweshouldbe."
ProductiveDay2DarrellHazellsawsomenervesonSaturdayduringtheopeningdayoftrainingcamp,buthethoughthisplayersrespondednicelyonDay2.
Purduehadbettertempo-somethingthatwasstressedafteritwasonly"average,"Hazellsaid,onthefirstday-andalsoexecutedbetter.
"Itwasareallygoodpractice,"Hazellsaid."Ithoughttheyplayedinspired.Ithoughttheywerevocal,whichweneedtodo,weneedtocommunicatebetter.Theyhadsomeenergy(Sunday)."
MovingupTheonlychangetothefirst-teamunitonSundaywasontheoffensivelinewhereJordanRoosmovedintotherightguardspot.
Roos,aredshirtfreshman,wasexpectedtochallengeCodyDavisincamp.Davisworkedwiththe1sonDay1.OnSunday,hespentmuchofhistimeasthesecond-teamcenter.
DevinSmithstillwasworkingwiththefirst-teamoffenseattheotherguardspot.It'spossibleredshirtfreshmanJasonKingwillmakeamovetherethisfall.
RyanIsaac,whoworkedmostlywiththethird-teamD-lineonDay1,gotsomesnapswiththesecond-teamdefenseonSunday.
QBtalkDannyEtlinggotmostoftherepswiththefirstteamoffenseonSundayafterRobHenryhadalargershareonSaturday.
That'sHazell'splanforthenexttwoweeks,alternatingthetopQBoptionsondaysorsometimeseveninspecificdrillsinordertogetthemclosetothesameamountofrepswiththe1sbydecisiontime.
EtlinghadatleasttwointerceptionsonSunday,gettingpickedoffbylinebackerJohnnyThompsonandLandonFeichter.
"Ithoughttheyallwereabitshaky(Saturday),butIthoughtitwasalittlebitbetter(Sunday),"Hazellsaidofhisquarterbacks."Rightnow,wethrewthewholething(attheQBs)andwhenwegetclosertothegame,whoeverthequarterbackis,we'llgivehimwhattheycanhandle.That'sthebottomline.Ifthere'stoomuch,itdoesn'tdoyouanygood."
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WithBrandonTaylornotbeingontherosterfor2013,thatfreesupascholarship.HazellsaidonSundaytheplanwasto"sitonitrightnow."
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PurduehadasmanyaseightplayersfieldingpuntsduringanearlyportionofpracticebutthenhadonlyAkeemHuntClickThird-stringlinebackerRubenIbarraClickEveryperson-fromcoachestoplayerstomanagers-willgetavoteforteamcaptains,Hazellsaid.He'sstilldecidingwhethertoallowonlyseniorstobeeligibleorjuniorsandseniors.Thevotewillcomeinaboutthreeweeks.HeretoviewthisLink.appearedtotweakhisleftkneelateinpractice.Second-teamdefensiveendJalaniPhillipsClickEveryperson-fromcoachestoplayerstomanagers-willgetavoteforteamcaptains,Hazellsaid.He'sstilldecidingwhethertoallowonlyseniorstobeeligibleorjuniorsandseniors.Thevotewillcomeinaboutthreeweeks.HeretoviewthisLink.complainedaboutsomepaininhisrightfootbut,aftertalkingtoateamdoctor,heputtheshoebackonandcontinuedpracticing.HeretoviewthisLink.,RaheemMostertClickThird-stringlinebackerRubenIbarraClickEveryperson-fromcoachestoplayerstomanagers-willgetavoteforteamcaptains,Hazellsaid.He'sstilldecidingwhethertoallowonlyseniorstobeeligibleorjuniorsandseniors.Thevotewillcomeinaboutthreeweeks.HeretoviewthisLink.appearedtotweakhisleftkneelateinpractice.Second-teamdefensiveendJalaniPhillipsClickEveryperson-fromcoachestoplayerstomanagers-willgetavoteforteamcaptains,Hazellsaid.He'sstilldecidingwhethertoallowonlyseniorstobeeligibleorjuniorsandseniors.Thevotewillcomeinaboutthreeweeks.HeretoviewthisLink.complainedaboutsomepaininhisrightfootbut,aftertalkingtoateamdoctor,heputtheshoebackonandcontinuedpracticing.HeretoviewthisLink.,GaryBushClickThird-stringlinebackerRubenIbarraClickEveryperson-fromcoachestoplayerstomanagers-willgetavoteforteamcaptains,Hazellsaid.He'sstilldecidingwhethertoallowonlyseniorstobeeligibleorjuniorsandseniors.Thevotewillcomeinaboutthreeweeks.HeretoviewthisLink.appearedtotweakhisleftkneelateinpractice.Second-teamdefensiveendJalaniPhillipsClickEveryperson-fromcoachestoplayerstomanagers-willgetavoteforteamcaptains,Hazellsaid.He'sstilldecidingwhethertoallowonlyseniorstobeeligibleorjuniorsandseniors.Thevotewillcomeinaboutthreeweeks.HeretoviewthisLink.complainedaboutsomepaininhisrightfootbut,aftertalkingtoateamdoctor,heputtheshoebackonandcontinuedpracticing.HeretoviewthisLink.andWilliamsworkingthemlaterspecificallywithJafarWilliams.
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Sunday'srequiredreadingfromthe"APlayer'sManual"was"spiritualthoughts,"Hazellsaid.
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