CHICAGO (WLFI) — Big Ten Media Day in Chicago is an absolute frenzy. Purdue head football coach Darell Hazell made the trip along with seniors Raheem Mostert, Ryan Russell and Sean Robinson.
Interviews here, interviews there, and interviews everywhere, for Mostert that meant one thing — dress to impress.
“I knew I wanted to wear this, bring this out. And the bow tie, I like the touch to it. It has that flavor,” Mostert said.
For defensive end Ryan Russell, representing Purdue at Media Day means he’s reached a personal goal.
“Looking to when I was a freshman or a high school commit, I was like I want to be that guy,” said Russell. “Finally seeing some of my hard work and things coming to realization and knowing that my team and coaching staff feel the same way about me, it was a great honor.”
Coach Hazell let it be known that he expects a lot more from his team in year two.
“I want to see them play extremely hard. I want to see them well coached, which they will be. And I want to see us do some very nice things,” Hazell said. “It’s funny you watch them and football became fun almost overnight. Their confidence is up. They’re walking differently. They’re smiling more.”
No player oozes that confidence quite like track star Mostert.
“To win a championship. Big Ten, National, whatever. To win a championship, that’s what I feel like is going to take place,” Mostert said.
“He obviously comes in with a little extra pep in his step, which rubs off on us,” said Robinson. “We all want him to translate that on the football field, so everyone is kind of looking at him to become a playmaker.”
One thing is quite clear, the Boilers are ready to hit the field.
When I asked Russell how high the anticipation was for the season opener against Western Michigan, he told News 18 it was like waiting for Christmas when December just hits.