Purdue kickers seek first-team spot


WEST LAFAYETTE , Ind. (WLFI) – The Purdue football team held its kicking scrimmage Saturday morning with a pair of kickers seeking to be the Boilers

Junior Paul Griggs, who is currently the first-team kicker, made six of his 12 attempts. Many of his misses were line-drives. Despite missing on half of his kicks, Griggs is confident of remaining the first-team kicker.

“You got to own it, you absolutely have to own it, and I’m thinking about how fast it’s gone. I’m going into my junior year, and it’s absolutely something I’m looking to own in the fall.”

At one point fellow junior and first-team punter Thomas Meadows made five field-goals in a row en route to making eight of his 12 attempts. Like Griggs, Meadows believes he can claim the first-team spot.

“I feel like I can. I feel like Paul can push me in punting as well. Paul had some good punts today [Saturday], he’s been having a good spring,” Meadows said. “Paul and I have a good bond, we definitely push each other. I definitely look forward to that over the next few years.”

Purdue head football coach Darell Hazell believes the starting kicker’s spot is up for grabs.

“All spring long, we’ve been rotating them in the first-team group. It’s a battle. It’s going to be a battle,” Hazell said.

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