Purdue football’s senior leaders gain confidence in camp

ryan russell at camp

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Fall camp is winding down for the Purdue football team. Coach Hazell’s defense feels a lot more confident at this point in camp compared to last year.

“I think we’ve gotten a lot better. We’ve worked really hard,” said senior linebacker Sean Robinson. “The coach has been straining us. I think that’s what we have to do.”

Fellow senior Ryan Russell believes the difference is evident in their preparation.

“A year ago this time we were trying to figure out, you know — the schemes, the vocab, the terminology — what we were supposed to do,” said Russell. “Now, we are comfortable understanding what we are supposed to do and how we fit.”

Second year head coach Darrell Hazell sees the difference in terms of his squad’s demeanor.

“I like the way our guys have worked. I like their productivity. I like their focus. I mean just a different football team,” said Hazell.

The Boilers open up play in less than two weeks. They will face Western Michigan at Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 30.

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