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Macarthy heavier, healthier; Day 11 notebook

DolapoMacarthyisabout15poundsheavierthanayearago,andhelooksit.
Withbigger,broadershoulders-andaddedmuscleonhislowerbody,too-the6-foot-5seniorlooksmorelikeatightend,thepositiontheconvertedwidereceiverwillplaythisseason.
"ItwassomethingIreallytriedtofocuson,gettingmyweightup,carryingsomemoremusclemassintheupperbodysoIwouldbeabletogetanyblowsorblocksoranythingthatIneededtodoouthereonthefield,"hesaidafterFridayafternoon'sshortspecialteamspractice."Igotuptoabout235andfeltcomfortablewiththatweight,stillamabletorunprettywellandmoveprettywell.Ifeltreallygoodaboutthat."
Macarthyhadtogainthemusclethissummerdespiteinjury.Inthespring,justashewasmakingthetransitionfromwidereceiver,MacarthysufferedadislocatedshoulderandlabraltearafterabsorbingahardhitfromsafetyRobertGregory;itdidn'trequiresurgerybutdidmonthsofrehabilitation.
Butitwentwell,andhesayshe'sfeltfineduringthefirsttwoweeksoftrainingcamp.
"IthoughtI'dcomeouthereandhavesomeissueswithmystrengthandkindofwasworriedaboutfallinghereorfallingthereinanawkwardposition,"hesaid."ButIhavenoworries,canjustletlooseandgoplay.It'sbeenarelief."
Macarthy'slookingforabigseason,afterwhathadtobeafrustratingonein2013.DespitebeingoneofPurdue'smoreexperiencedwidereceiveroptionslastseason,heplayedlittle,makingonlyonereception.Butinanefforttoputhiminbettermatchups,Purduemovedhiminsidetotightendduringthespring.
Itcouldgetthelong,butperhapsnotparticularlyspeedy,receiverinmoreone-on-onebattlesagainstlinebackersorsafeties.Butduringcamp,offensivecoordinatorJohnShoophashadMacarthylinedupnotonlyontheendoftheline,butelsewhere,also.
"Backinspring,IsatdownwithCoachShoopandwetalkedabouttherolethatI'mgoingtohave,"Macarthysaid."Hesayshewasgoingtosplitmeout,havemeinthewingposition,havemyhanddowninathree-point(stance)asatightendsometimes.IloveitbecauseIcanbeanywhereatanytime.Defensescan'treallykeyinonme.Igettojustlearntheinsandoutsoftheoffenseanddosomanydifferentthings."
Butheneedstobeabletoplaytightend,too,meaninghe'lloccasionallyhavetoblockontheedge.Andtheaddedweighthashelped.
"Inoticeadifferencewheneverwedoaninsidedrillandfitrunsagainstdefensiveendsandlinebackers,"hesaid."I'mabletoholdmygroundalotbetterthanIwasabletobackwhenIwas220pounds.Ifeelreallygoodaboutthat."
TightendscoachGeradParkerhaslikedwhathe'sseen,especiallyconsideringthedepthMacarthyhasprovided.He'sinthepositiongroupwithJustinSinzandGabeHolmes,butgivestheBoilermakersabitofadifferentlook.
"He'schangedhisbodyandthatwashischallenge,"Parkersaid."Wesaid,'Hey,you'vegottoatleastcomeinherelookinglikeonetosurvivesomeofthestuffwedo.'He'sputon12to14poundsandlooksgoodwearingit,andhasreallychallengedhimselfphysicallytomakesurehecandosomeofthethingswedoattightend.Man,whatagreatattitudeandateamguywhoisgoingtohelpuswingames."(KC)
IntherotationThoughPurdue'sdeepestpositionprobablyisreceiver,it'slikelyfreshmanGregoryPhillipswillgetgamesnapsasarookie.
He'smadetoomuchofanimpressionduringtheoffseasonandinhisfirsttrainingcampnotto.
TeammatesandcoachesravedaboutPhillips'workethicandconditioningintheoffseason,pointingtohimasoneoftheteam'shardestworkersandmostwillingtopushotherplayersinrunsanddrills.He'sshowedthatinpractices,too,workingattheXreceiverpositionbehindDeAngeloYanceybutalreadygeneratingchatterfromDarrellHazellandothersthatPhillipscouldmakeamoveononeoftheteam'sbestplayers.
"GregPhillipsisayoungreceiverwhohasalotofability.He'sgotsomefreakishtalentandsomefreakishworkethic,"AustinApplebysaidearlyincamp."He'sevengottensomeoftheolderguystobuyintohisworkethic,gettingupat5inthemorning,goingtothepooltoswimorrunningorcominginheretogetextraroutes."
PhillipsinitiallywasbringingclassmatesDavidBloughandTimCasononthoseearly-morningworkoutsintheoffseasonbut,ultimately,moreteammatesjoinedthefray.Phillipsbroughttwospecificworkoutsthatwereunique,the"frog"andthe"worm,"exercisesdoneonthegroundthatstretchthebodyandworkmultiplemusclegroups.They'reworkoutsPhillipsgotfromatrainingdowninhisnativeGeorgia,andhelovesthem.
"Ipridemyselfinbeingingreatshapebecauseyoucan'twinfootballgamesdoingtheordinary.You'vegottobeextraordinary,"Phillipssaid."Beingextraordinary,you'vegottothingsthatpeoplehaveneverdone.Therefore,that'swhatIdo,workevenhardertopushthepeoplewhoareheresowecanbringsomechampionshipsaboard."
Phillipshadacoupleroughdaysofpracticeinthemiddleofcamp,droppingmoreballsthanhehadbeenandbeinglostonacoupleofplays,buthe'srespondedwellthelastseveralpracticesandevenhadApplebytellhim"perfect"afteronerouteFriday.
"Besidesadynamicandexplosiveplayer,Iwanttobedecisiveandsmartplayer,"Phillipssaid."WhenIsaysmart,I'mreferringtoknowingthedefenseandadjustingtothequarterback.Heshouldn'thavetotellmeit'sCover2.Ishouldalreadyknow-runacertainroutesinceit'sCover2.Soit'sbasicallyjustlearningtheplays,learningtheplaybookandstudyingthedefense,studyingfilm."(SC)
WhattowatchforTheBoilermakerswrapcampwiththeirjerseyscrimmageat11:15a.m.SaturdayatRoss-AdeStadium,theeventthatdecideswhethertheoffenseordefensewillwearblackinpracticetherestoftheseason.
Butit'lldecidequiteabitmorethanjerseycolor.
Hazellsaidhehasa"shortlist"ofquestionshe'dlikeanswered,namelywhowillemergeasaNo.3runningback,whereGelenRobinsonmayprovidethebestfit(linebackerorrushend),whetherDannyEtlingorAustinApplebysolidifiesthestartingQBspotandwhocanstepinastheNo.5linebacker.
Perhapsmorethanpersonneldecisions,though,Hazellwillevaluatesomeintangiblesofhisteam.
"Iwanttoseeoperation,trynottoseetoomanymentalmistakes,guyswhoaregoingtoplayhardandcoachesmakingsuretheystayback,allthosegame-typethingsthatyoucanevaluate,"Hazellsaid.
SomekeypiecestotheseasonmaygetlimitedrepsSaturday.
ProjectedstartinglefttackleCameronCermin,whodidnotpracticeFriday,couldbelimitedto10-15snapswhilenursingagroinstrain,Hazellsaid.DavidHedelinwillgetthefirst-teamsnapswhenCermindoesn't-orifCermincan'tgo.
FreshmanlinebackerJa'WhaunBentley,whohasbeensplittingNo.1repswithJoeGilliamatweak-sidelinebacker,isquestionableforSaturdaywithhamstringandshoulder/stingerinjuries.ButHazellsaidhehopesBentleycangetatleast20snapsinthescrimmage.
Ra'ZahnHoward,thestartingnosetackle,alsowon'tplaywhilehecontinuestorehabanapparentgroin/hipinjurysufferedonDay3ofcamp.Howardhasn'tbeeninredthepasttwodaysinpractice,buthealsohasn'tdoneanythingotherthanlimitedpositionaldrills.
AlsodefinitelyoutarereceiversBilalMarshall(shoulder)andDanMonteroso(knee)andlinebackerGarrettHudson(shoulder).
QuarterbacksEtlingandApplebywillhaveone"live"setonSaturdaybutotherwisewillbenon-contact,whileNo.3QBDavidBloughwillhavetwoliveseries.(SC)
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