WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Purdue football team is back on the practice field after a week off for spring break. Coach Darrell Hazell didn’t waste any time reinforcing his desire to be a more physical football team.
Tuesday’s practice was spent in full pads blocking and tackling. Towards the end of practice the first team offense and first team defense went 11-on-11. With only a couple periods left in practice, a scrum broke out near the line of scrimmage. The resulting heated exchange was enough for Coach Hazell to make his team run sprints sideline to sideline to finish out the day.
“The level of competition was very high as you can see the fight broke out. It was just really, really intense and fierce. A lot of testosterone going on today. I don’t know what’s going on. It was great, but I am happy with the way guys came out and really competed. You know, that’s the main thing. You know, we didn’t back down no matter what happened. It felt like, you know, it was game day atmosphere,” senior tight end Dolapo Macarthy said.
The quarterback competition continues to headline camp as Danny Etling and Austin Appleby continue to battle it out for the top spot. The wide receivers and tight ends weighed in and shared their thoughts on how the competition is going to this point.
“Appleby and Danny, yeah it’s competitive,” sophomore wide receiver DeAngelo Yancey said. “You know, they are both smart. They are always in the film room. We are out here to throw, and they are always competing for reps. I know, actually me and Danny got into it the other day. I got to get out of my route faster, better on your timing, like five hitch and the ball is out. I got to make sure I am out of my break.”
Macarthy has seen his fair share of quarterback competitions at Purdue and believes this one has a different feel to it.
“It’s great to watch those two guys go at it. It’s a bit different from the past quarterback competitions that I have witnessed with Terbush, Marv and those guys. They were a lot more buddy-buddy,” Macarthy said. “Danny and Austin are just really competitive, and it’s really fun to watch. When they step on the field, it’s like they are trying to take each others job. It’s really what it is, and I love to see it. I love competition, because I am a competitor myself. So I really, really enjoy watching those two guys go at it because that is how it’s suppose to be.”