WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Head coach Darrell Hazell spoke highly of the former Central Catholic star after practice on Thursday.
Not long ago Danny Anthrop was setting school records on the football field at Lafayette Central Catholic. Now a junior wide receiver at Purdue, Anthrop hopes to have the same kind of impact for the Boilermakers on Saturday’s this fall.
Anthrop finished last season on a high note at Indiana, he had a career-high 151 yards receiving, including an 80-yard touchdown, on five catches in a 56-36 loss to the Hoosiers.
So far, so good for Anthrop in fall camp. Coach Hazell says it’s his work ethic that gives him an edge over other receivers on the roster.
“Danny has done an excellent job. He just has such a great work ethic. He comes and he learns, and it’s very important to him and he’s a good player. He’s not as polished as you would like him to be yet. He overcomes some of that with his work habits, and how hard he plays. He plays as hard as anybody on our football team right now,” said Hazell.
One year ago, at this time during the annual jersey scrimmage, Anthrop took an inside handoff from walk-on quarterback Erich Berzinskas and raced toward the north end zone. After a 5-yard gain, Anthrop was hit on the outside of his left knee and the sophomore was in immediate pain. An event and injury that Anthrop doesn’t even think about anymore.
“Physically, I’ve never been bigger or stronger. I’m about 191 pounds, 192 pounds. I feel strong, and I’m just excited to get back in there. It’s really not weighing on my mind at all. Just can’t wait to get in there, and get the opportunity to make some plays with the rest of the guys on the team,” said Anthrop.