Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:46 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Spring football is in the air, and with our Spring Practice Primers the Eye On College Football Blog gets you up to speed on what to look for on campuses around the country this spring. Today we look at Purdue.
Spring Practice Starts: Wednesday, March 7
Spring Game: Saturday, April 14
Returning Starters: Eight on offense, seven on defense, one specialist
Three Things To Watch For:
1. Quarterbacks competing. It wouldn't be a spring practice at Purdue if there wasn't a quarterback competition, would it? This spring there will be four signal-callers vying for the privilege, and all four of them have started at some point in their Purdue careers. Caleb TerBush started for the Boilermakers last season, but he's still going to have to hold off Robert Marve, Sean Robinson and Rob Henry. Marve was granted an extra year of eligibility and he won't want to waste it on a sideline. Then there's Henry who missed last season with an ACL injury (that ligament is the bane of Purdue football) after having a spectacular spring. He may have started for Purdue last season if not for the injury, and he'll want to shine again now that he's been cleared to return.
2. The offensive line. Purdue was one of the deeper teams in the Big Ten on the offensive line last season, but that won't be the case in 2012, and it will be interesting to see how it handles the situation this season. While replacing left tackle Dennis Kelly will be important, it'll be just as important to find competent backups at each spot on the line in case of injury. Purdue did have five offensive lineman as part of its latest recruiting class, and it's possible guys like Cameron Cermin, Joey Warburg and Jordan Roos are forced into action earlier than Danny Hope would like. So I'd expect to see them get a lot of work this spring.
3. Who is playing safety? While Purdue is no doubt happy to have both of its starting corners back in Josh Johnson and Ricardo Allen, the Boilermakers lost both their starting safeties to graduation. The Purdue defense gave up a lot of big plays last season, and having to play two new starters as your last line of defense can't be the most comforting thought when you're trying to fix that. Max Charlot is likely to grab at least one of starting spots, but the second spot is wide open.
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Posted on: September 25, 2010 2:34 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 3:14 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
[Update, 2:46 p.m.: Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs missed his second field goal of the game. Toledo takes over at their own 21 holding a 24-17 lead.]
[Update, 2:58 p.m.: Following a Toledo turnover, Wiggs was given a chip shot from 22, and he made it. The score is now 24-20 Toledo with 8:12 left on the clock.]
[Update, 3:12 p.m.: Toledo nearly took the ensuing kick to the house, and they scored a touchdown on a QB sneak shortly thereafter. Toledo leads 31-20, and Purdue needs two quick scores in response.]
[Update, 3:14 p.m.: AAAAAAND INTERCEPTION TOLEDO. 2 minutes and counting. Game over.]
The third quarter of Toledo-Purdue has been full of offensive fireworks thus far, and the Boilermakers may be working their way back into this game. Purdue kicked a field goal on their opening drive of the second half, then traded long TDs with the Rockets. The critical play, however, may be when Toledo QB Austin Dantin fumbled while being sacked by Purdue CB Josh Johnson on Toledo's ensuing possession; Purdue recovered and charged down the field to cut the lead to 24-17.
Purdue's comeback has also been spurred by the play of Purdue's backup QB, Rob Henry. Henry's in for Robert Marve, who's still out with a potentially serious knee injury. During his halftime interview, Purdue coach Danny Hope speculated that Marve's injury is serious, and Marve is in sweats on Purdue's sideline. He's definitely done for the day.
Now Toledo, who had been controlling the ballgame, must defend a suddenly precarious 7-point lead. Their first step since then -- going three and out -- isn't promising.