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Watson ready for impact; Day 10 notes, video

RyanWatsonplayedonlysparinglyasatruefreshman,asnaphereorthereinthefirsthalfoftheseason,andmaybeevenlessinthesecond.
Butit'sexperiencethathefeelshashelpedhimnow,ashelookstosolidifyaspotonthefirstteamatdefensivetackle.
"Mylittlebitofexperiencelastyearhelpedmegetafeelforthespeedandphysicalityofthegame,"hesaid."Ithelpedmealotgoingintospringpracticeandthissummer."
Watson,afour-starsigneebeforeplayinginhisfirstseasoninWestLafayette,thinkshewasonlygettingbyayearago,whenhehadacoupletacklesinninegames.Hewasundersized,hesaid,andnotaccustomedtothelevelofphysicality.
Buttheoffseasonhashelped.He's6-foot-2andupto306pounds.
"I'vebeenperformingprettywell,"hesaid."I'mnotgoingtoboostmyselforanything,butI'mmainlyworkingonfundamentals,that'swhatreallylackedbefore."
Watsonispartofwhatappearstobeadeepgroupofdefensivelinemen.HeandBruceGastonhaveoftenbeenthestartingDTs-althoughRyanIsaacwasinWatson'splaceafewsnapsMonday-withIsaac,EricMcDanielandMichaelRouseIIIbackingup.
Watsonthinksthedepthwillkeeppeoplefresh.
"Yougetyourenergybackandthere'salotofpeopletolearnfrom,"hesaid,"becauseeverybodybringsapieceofsomething."
ButWatsonwillbeanintegralpartofPurdue'ssuccess,too.
"Ryanisgoingtobeabigpluggerinside,"CoachDarrellHazellsaid."He'saguythat'sgoingtodemandadouble-teamandhe'sastrongkidwhoplayslow.He'llhelpus."
'Dogdays'
AsWeek2oftrainingcampgetsunderway,andaspracticeshittheirpeak,HazellthinkstheBoilermakersarefeelingalittletired.
"That'stobeexpected,"thefirst-yearcoachsaid."Here'sthedogdaysofcampthisweekanditwillbehardforthembecausewe'regoingtomakeithard.Butalsohardbecausethey'realittlebittired.We'llgetourlegsbackwhenweneedto."
Monday,Purduehadaconditioningdrillaboutmidwaythroughitspractice,achangefromthefirstweekofpractices.
"It'sourHoosierperiod,afour-minutegutcheck,"hesaid.
PurduegetsanothergutcheckTuesday,whenithasitsfirsttwo-a-daythisweek(anotherissetforThursday).TheBoilermakerswillhaveshellsonlyTuesdaymorning,butthenbeinfullpadsintheafternoonsession.
HazellsaysthatpracticeshouldbePurdue'smostdifficultofcamp.
"Overallwe'redoingprettygood,"fullbackKurtFreytagsaid."We'vebeenprettyblessedwiththisweather;it'sprobablythecoldestcampit'severbeen.…It'sbeennicethattheweatherhasn'tbeenafactor,butourstrengthandconditioningstaffdidagreatjobthiswholesummergettingusreadyforcamp.Goingintocamp,99.9percentofuswereinreallygoodshape."
Afterthesecondtwo-a-dayoftheweekThursday,PurduehasitskickoffluncheonFriday,thenthejerseyscrimmageSaturday.Then,it'sonlytwoweeks'tilkickoff.
"AsoldasIam,I'mactuallystillholdingup,"jokedFreytag,anearly23-year-oldfifth-yearsenior."Sotheseyoungguyshavenoexcusestobecomplaining."
Tworeturners
HazellsaysPurduewilllikelyusetwopuntreturnmen,rotatingFrankieWilliamsandB.J.Knauf.
Thosetwo,alongwithRicardoAllen,havebeengettingamajorityofthereturnopportunitieslately.
"Wedecidedlastnightwe'regoingtogowithtworeturners,justbasedoffofkickscrimmage,"Hazellsaid."There'stwoguysbacktherethatareverydynamic.We'llprobablyholdRicardobecausehe'sgoingtoplaysomanysnapsatcorner,butthoseothertwoguysareprettygood."
KnaufhadapuntreturnforaTDduringthekickscrimmageSaturday.
Purduecouldusetwodeepmentogetheronpuntreturns,asithasshownthatlookattimesduringcamp.
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Twodaysafterthekickscrimmage,Hazellwasaskedwhathethoughtafterreviewingthefilm.
"Obviously,we'vegottogetbetteratmakingfieldgoals,"hesaid."I'mgoingtowatchitwithourspecialistsat1:30andfindoutwhereourdeficienciesare.Butthat'sabigpartofwinningfootballgamesandweneedtomakesurewe'reknockingthemthrough."
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RaheemMostertClickUnofficially,Purduehit14-of-22fieldgoalsonSaturday.HeretoviewthisLink.istryingtogetadjustedtohisnewrole,asarunningbackwiththeBoilermakers.
Mostertwascarryingtheballduringpositiondrills,butdidn'ttakeasnapinlateteamwork.Buthe'llneedtoworkhiswayupthedepthchart.
"Theonethingishe'sgoodwiththeballinhishands,sothatwaspartofthereasonthatwethoughtaboutmakingthatmove,"RBcoachJafarWilliamssaidoftheformerwidereceiver."Thethinghe'sgoingtohavetolearnisallthelittlethingsaboutplayingtheposition:footwork,thereads,thingslikethat.We'llgivehimopportunitieshereinthenextcoupledaysandseeifhecanhandleitandhopefullywe'llmoveforward."
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