Embracing the physicality of the game

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – One position group that will have a different look in 2014 is the linebackers. A group that must embrace the physicality of the game.

Senior Sean Robinson is the only mainstay at the position. He’s expected to be the starter at middle linebacker. After Robinson the other two spots are up for grabs, which means the young linebackers have a lot to learn and starts with embracing the physicality of the game.

“I think to be successful you have to be physical. That is a mentality and that’s something as a coach you want to stress and you try to teach them so many things, but there are certain things that come first. I think being physical is one of the most important parts of being a linebacker. With that comes progression and keys and everything else, but I think it’s a mentality and something that we have to focus on throughout spring ball,” said linebackers coach Marcus Freeman.

As a senior leader, Sean Robinson made sure everyone in the meeting room knew what his expectations were for the group earlier this spring.

“We got together as a group before a team meeting and, I just told the guys, that it’s a challenge from everybody and you either put up or you go on the sideline. It’s big time college football. You either man up or you are not going to be successful, and it’s that simple. Coach just wants us to maintain that and be down hill, physical and just not stop and have a high motor,” said Robinson.

The Purdue football team will hold its annual spring game on Saturday, April 12. The Ross-Ade Stadium gates will open at noon, with kick-off set for 1 p.m., but there are a host of other events that will happen before the game. There is no admission charge for the game.

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