WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Purdue football team opened fall camp late Monday afternoon.
Questions surround the Purdue football program as it enters year two of the Darrell Hazell era. Coach Hazell thinks a lot of those questions will be answered in fall camp.
“I thought the guys did a good job coming out,” Hazell said. “Obviously, it’s hot out and that’s good for us. We need to play ourselves into shape, but in terms of execution for day one, it’s not bad.”
Uncertainty surrounded the quarterback position a year ago. Rob Henry started five games before then-freshman Danny Etling took over in the first half against Northern Illinois and started the final seven games of the year.
“I’ll be pressed to find too many mental errors,” Etling said. “I think our bad plays weren’t terrible. We had a few missed reads. Some here and there, but for the most part, I think that the guys really maintained what we taught them in the offseason really well.”
Etling took the majority of first team snaps Monday. He’ll be challenged for the starting job by redshirt sophomore Austin Appleby and true freshman David Blough.
“We got in and out of the huddle very, very quick,” Appleby said. “Guys know what they’re doing. Playing with a sense of urgency, playing with some confidence. That speaks a testament to the work we put in all spring and all offseason.”
“Dan and Austin both had good days and they did well in seven-on-seven finding completions,” Blough said. “As a group I think we straightened it up towards the end. Not as good as we wanted to be the first day, but definitely room for improvement.”
Coach Hazell enters camp without naming a starting quarterback for a second straight season, but this year he expects to have a decision by the end of the first week of camp.