Family comes first for defensive line

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue completed the second day of fall camp Tuesday afternoon. The Boilermakers dressed in helmets, shirts and shorts for a second straight day. Purdue will go to helmets and shoulder pads on Wednesday before finally going to full pads on Friday.

One group looking forward to going all out at the end of the week is the defensive line. A group that is led by senior Ryan Russell who has led by example so far this year. Senior defensive end Jalani Phillips is taking on a different role this season, in the form of a big brother. Phillips has taking transfer Langston Newton under his wing in hopes that Newton will be ready to take over his position by the end of the year.

Newton, the brother of former UK quarterback Morgan Newton, transferred to Purdue and is in the process of getting to know his new teammates and a new system. A challenge that he understands he can’t do alone.

“Going to Kentucky I had my big brother there and, of course, transferring here to Purdue you kind of have to find your surrogate big brothers, and Jalani is of course one of them with him being a senior. You just kind of gravitate towards people who’ve been through it all. It’s been a really good experience for them to be able to insert me into their culture. I’ve really enjoyed being around them and learning so much from them,” said Newton.

Defensive Coordinator Greg Hudson isn’t buying the warm and fuzzy story, but believes his defense is in a better place after an interesting summer twist.

“Uh no, I’d love to hear that conversation because I’m sure it would be interesting. The one thing we did this summer is the seniors had to teach the defense, and if you don’t know what you are talking about then you are going to look like a fool. Those guys took pride in running those meetings and being able to get up front at their position and talk about it, so that’s a vast improvement,” said Hudson.

Date and Time Practice Begins for the Boilermakers:

Aug. 6, 3:45 p.m.
Aug. 7, 3:45 p.m.
Aug. 8, 3:45 p.m.
Aug. 9, 9:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Aug. 11, 9:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Aug. 12, 10:15 a.m.
Aug. 13, 3:30 p.m.
Aug. 14, 10:15 a.m.
Aug. 15, 9:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Aug. 16, 11:15 a.m. – Jersey Scrimmage/Fan Appreciation – Ross-Ade
Aug. 17 – No Practice
Aug. 18, 10 a.m.
Aug. 19, 10 a.m.
Aug. 20, 10:15 a.m. – Kick Scrimmage – Ross-Ade
Aug. 22 – Kickoff Luncheon, No practice

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