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Henry takes first crack; more Day 1 notes

RobHenrydoesn'tmindthepressure.Heappliesplentytohimself.
ButonDay1ofcamp,ashetriestowinPurdue'sstartingquarterbackjob,thefifth-yearseniormightsensealittleextra.
"IwanttocompleteeverypassandamfrustratedwhenIdon't,"HenrysaidSaturdayafternoon,followingatwo-hourpracticeonPurdue'supperpracticefields."…Idefinitelyputalotofpressure,butatthesametimeyoucan'tputtoomuchpressureonyourselfthatyoudon'thavefunwiththegame.That'swhyyouplaythegame,tohavefun."
Henry,astarterforPurduein2010,isbattlingtruefreshmanDannyEtlingforthestartingjobnow.TheveterantookthefirstsnapofcampSaturday,andspentthemajorityofthedaywiththefirstteam;Etlingwaswiththesecondunit,whileredshirtfreshmanAustinApplebyranthe3s.
Eachhadhighlights:HenryhitDolapoMacarthyatthegoallineforaTDinanon-contact11-on-11-playerswereinshortsSaturday-butalsohadmultipleinterceptions.Etlinghadsomenicetossesoverthetop,includingapairtoconvertedQBBilalMarshall,butthrewtwopicks,aswell.
UnsurprisinglyforaDay1,theoffensewasdisjointed,andsowasitsquarterbacks.
"I'lllookatthefilmandletyouknow,"CoachDarrellHazellsaidwhenhewasaskedthefirstof11billionorsoQBquestionshe'llfaceinthenexttwoweeks."ButIthoughtweneededtoplayalittlefasteratthequarterbackposition.Whenthere'ssomethingthat'snotthere,weneedtotakecareoftheballalittlebitbetter."
Henry,whogenerallytalkslittleofhimselfandratherdeflectstohisteam,wantsthejob.Heplayedhurtin2010,withabadlyinjuredfinger,thenmissed2011withanACLinjuryafterheheldthejobintrainingcamp.Lastseason,heplayedmainlyasaWildcatQBbehindtwoothers.
"Thisismylastcamp,soit'saprivilegeandsomethingI'mnotgoingtotakeforgranted,"hesaid.
Henrysayshe'lldowhathecancontrol,preparingasbesthecaneveryday.
"It's(about)makingsurethatIknoweverything,"hesaid."ThatIknowallthesignalsandamcomfortablewiththetempoofhowpracticeisgoingtobe.Becauseifyouknoweverythingandarecomfortablewitheverythingandifyouplayfast,you'regoingtoplaywell."
Garciaupto1
PerhapsthebiggestpersonnelmoveSaturday,althoughmaybenotasurprisingone,wasAndyJamesGarcia'sjumptothefirstteamatlinebacker.
Garcia,aredshirtfreshman,movedaheadofveteranWillLucasandisplayingstrongsidelinebacker.SeanRobinson,whohadbeenSLBinthespring,hasshiftedtotheweakside.HeandmiddlelinebackerJoeGilliammadeuptheothertwostartersSaturday.
"Theseguysarechesspieces,"defensivecoordinatorGregHudsonsaid."Andit'sourjobascoachestomovethemwheretheycanphysicallyexcel.
"(Garcia)canmoveinspace,sowe'regivinghimachancetodothatandrunaround.…Ithoughthedidagoodjob."
HazellsaidGarciahada"great"spring,asentimentthatseveralofhisteammateshadindicatedintheearlysummer.He'sonly6-footand218pounds,butmanyhavebeenimpressedbyhisquicknessandinstincts.
"Andcomingintofallcamp,weweregoingtogivehimanopportunitytowinthejobwiththe1s,"Hazellsaid."We'llseewhereitgoes;it'sstillearly."
Upthetempo
HazellsaystheBoilermakersaren'tyetupthepacethattheyendedthespring.
Butitwillbediscussed,likelyinstaffandteammeetingsandwalk-thruslaterSaturdayafternoon.
"They'renotingreatfootballshapeyet,"Hazellsaid."Plus,anxietycausesalittlestress,whichmakesthembreathealittleharder,butIthoughttheyworkedprettyhard.Obviouslytheexecutionneedstorisealot.Butnotabadstart."
PurduewillpracticeagainSundayinthelateafternoon;itwillhavefullpadsforthefirsttimeonWednesday.
"Thereneedstobeasenseofurgency,"Hazellsaid."TodayisAug.3,weplayfourweeksfromtoday.Wejusthavetohavemoresuddennessabouteverythingwedo."
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FreshmandefensivetackleRa'ZahnHowardClickThisandthatHeretoviewthisLink.wasatpracticeSaturdaybutdidnotparticipate.
Hehasyettopassasicklecelltest,althoughitseemslikeaformalitytogettinginuniform.
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FreshmenMylesNorwoodClick"Hewasn'tabletogetthatdonepriortocomingtocamp,sohe'llbeavailableonMonday,"Hazellsaid.HeretoviewthisLink.andDaWanHunteClick"Hewasn'tabletogetthatdonepriortocomingtocamp,sohe'llbeavailableonMonday,"Hazellsaid.HeretoviewthisLink.wereinwalkingbootswithlowerleginjuries.
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PurduerotateditswidereceiversoftenSaturday,withDolapoMacarthyClickButHazellexpectedthemtobeshort-termissuesandpredictedareturnnearthestartofclassesintwoweeks.HeretoviewthisLink.,DannyAnthropClickButHazellexpectedthemtobeshort-termissuesandpredictedareturnnearthestartofclassesintwoweeks.HeretoviewthisLink.andShaneMikeskyClickButHazellexpectedthemtobeshort-termissuesandpredictedareturnnearthestartofclassesintwoweeks.HeretoviewthisLink.seemingtogetamajorityofthefirst-teamreps.
ItwasabitofasurprisetoseeMacarthywithalmostnorestrictions.Hehadbeenrehabbingfromoffseasonkneesurgery.
"HewastheoneguyIthoughtwhostoodout,"Hazellsaid."Ithoughthewouldbealittleslowerstarting,buthewasprettysharpforfirstday."
Purdueislookingforreceiverstoemerge.B.J.Knauf,Marshall,DanMonterosoandGaryBushseemedtogetanumberofgoodlooks,too,mostlyonthesecondandthirdteams.
"Wewanttoseethebestsixguys,whoeverthoseguysare,"hesaid."We'regoingtogivesomeofthoseyoungerguysanopportunitytocompeteforthatjob.IsawMonterosointhereacoupletimes,makingacoupleplays."
HenrysaystheBoilerswillhavetobedeepontheoutside.
"Thewaythatouroffenseworks,wehavealotofdeeproutesandthingsofthatnature,sothereceiversdoalotofrunning,alotofmotions,alotofshifts,sowe'regoingtohavetorotateguysinandout.Weneedtogetasmanyguysreadyaspossible."
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Purdueheld"quiettime"thismorning,whichwillbeadailyoccurrence.
Theeight-minutesessionthismorning,priortopractice,focusedontheUSAsectionintheteam's"APlayer'sManual,"accordingtoHazell.
"It'saboutbeingworldly,"thefirst-yearcoachsaid."Oneofthefirstthingsinthebookisthatfreedomisn'tfree.Iwanttheseguystounderstandthatthere'salotofguysouttherefightingforussowecandothethingsthatwelovetodo."
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