Anthrop leads young wide receiving group

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Former Central Catholic star and Purdue wide receiver Danny Anthrop is set for a break out season this fall.

Anthrop has looked as explosive as ever up to this point in spring practice, and for the first time in a while he’s completely healthy. Now a junior, he missed last spring because of an ankle injury sustained at the end of the 2012 season.

After recovering from that injury, Anthrop tore his MCL in August of 2013 in Purdue’s jersey scrimmage, which forced him to miss the first three games of his sophomore season.

The former Knight came on strong at the end of the year, recording five catches for 151 yards and a touchdown in the Boilermakers’ final game against Indiana.

In a wide receiving corps full of underclassmen, Anthrop will be expected to lead the group in year two of a new system. Wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman says he expects No. 33 to play a big role in 2014.

“He’s another young man that’s having a great spring thus far,” Sherman said. “He’s doing what we’ve asked him to do. He’s being physical. He’s playing fast. He’s stepping up and making plays. I think that’s the big thing, because he’s a guy that can go out and create those explosion plays.”

Fellow wide receiver and sophomore DeAngelo Yancey is Purdue’s other big play threat on the outside. Yancey says he and his teammate will work as a team to get each other open.

“Everybody knows Anthrop’s fast,” Yancey said. “So we have certain concepts, and one concept might be to get Anthrop open. So, I have to make sure I do my part to get him open. Because if he gets behind his coverage, he’s going to make a play.”

Anthrop has high expectations for Purdue football, but for his part he’s just happy to be back on the field with his health.

“Last year, I wasn’t even in spring ball,” Anthrop said. “I had surgery on my ankle. So, right now it’s just a blessing to be out there, and to be healthy. When I go out there, I’m not just running a post. I’m going to beat my guy so I can get the guys around me open. And, I can really play with my defender now, and that’s huge for our whole group.”

The Boilermakers are back in action Tuesday for practice ahead of Saturday’s jersey scrimmage at Ross-Ade Stadium.

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