RENSSELAER, Ind. (WLFI) – The Purdue football team held its fall camp practices Wednesday at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana.
Head coach Darrell Hazell told his team Tuesday night to pack their bags and get ready for a road trip. After an hour drive, the team busses stopped at Saint Joseph’s College and the Boilermakers hit the practice fields for a morning and afternoon session.
Coach Hazell wanted his team to adapt to different situations and understand there are uncomfortable environments ahead. If the Boilermakers weren’t already grateful for everything they have at their disposal at Purdue, spending a day away from campus magnified that fact.
“We saw months ago that this was going to be the peak of our camp, and we wanted to come out here and get away from campus a little bit and make sure the guys understood how important it is to travel and adapt to your environment,” said Hazell. “This is a great facility for Saint Joe, and I think we are really appreciative of those guys letting us come in here and using their facilities for the day. We have it pretty nice back home in West Lafayette.”
“I’ve always appreciated the state of our facilities at Purdue. We have amazing trainers, amazing athletic room and everything like that,” said sophomore Danny Etling. “I’ve always been appreciative. But coming here and in between practices you don’t have all the things you want to get things organized, and again it reminds me of a year and a half ago when I was in high school. So it makes you really appreciate going back there and having all the nice things that we do.”
The Boilermakers were no doubt surprised by where they spent most of the day, but thanks to junior Danny Anthrop some of the guys knew what was coming.
Anthrop got the tip from his older brother Jade, who graduated from Saint Joseph’s College in 2012. Coach Hazell and quarterback Austin Appleby talked about the junior receiver and his jokester antics.
“They looked at me last night when I said pack your bags we are going on the bus tomorrow like I was crazy. I think Anthrop got a tip because his brother was a graduate from here, and I think he got a tip a couple of days ago, but he didn’t believe him,” said Hazell.
“Anthrop got a text and rumored some things, but Anthrop is known for being a jokester. So everything that you get from him you might have to take with a grain of salt, but we all had a hunch,” said Appleby.