WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) – The offense made it three-for-three in jersey scrimmages under head coach Darrell Hazell. They retained the black jersey after coming from behind to win 48-45.
Interviews with head coach Darrell Hazell, quarterbacks Danny Etling and Austin Appleby, and running back Raheem Mostert can be found below.
Etling was the top passer, completing 10 of 21 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown without an interception, though all posted stats are unofficial. Appleby’s numbers were similar, completing 11 of 21 throws for 92 and one interception. Freshman mid-year enrollee David Blough got his first live work and completed four of six passes for 49 yards.
Mostert had a huge day for the offense and sparked the comeback. Trailing 33-16, scoring rules can be found here, the offense began a new series at their own 41-yard line. Mostert took the handoff and dashed 59 yards up the left sideline untouched and outran the defense to cut the deficit to 33-24. The very next play, Mostert took a handoff on a similar play, cut left and marched 27 yards before he was knocked out of bounds by safety Robert Gregory. The senior running back also had a 34-yard touchdown run on the scrimmage’s opening drive on a second and 10 play. Mostert finished with nine carries for 134 yards and two scores.
The offense took the lead for good just before the ‘halftime’ intermission. Mostert’s 27-yard run set up a play action pass where Etling found DeAngelo Yancey over the middle for a 32-yard scoring strike. Yancey was the top receiver with five catches for 79 yards and the score.
Defensively, Frankie Williams led the way with six tackles. The white squad came up with six sacks on the morning, including 2.0 from Michael Rouse III. Newcomer Langston Newton had a strong showing with four tackles, two for loss, including one sack. Evan Feichter came up with the game’s only turnover, as he intercepted Appleby near midfield early in the scrimmage.
Purdue’s kickers were perfect in limited action. Paul Griggs knocked down his only extra point attempt and was 1-1 on field goals, as he nailed a 52-yarder. Thomas Meadows was 2-2 on PATs and was good from 27 yards on his only field goal attempt.
The Boilermakers have just one week of spring practice left, culminating in the annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 12, at 1 p.m. ET in Ross-Ade Stadium. The event is open to the public and admission is free.