Hazell unsure who will be starting placekicker

Courtesy: Purdue Sports
Courtesy: Purdue Sports

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The football team hosted its Kick Scrimmage on Wednesday, and it was the black team that took it to the gold. Punter Thomas Meadows and kicker Ian MacDougall led the way for the black team.

Meadows did a nice job with his punting duties Wednesday as he placed three punts at or inside the 10-yard line, including one downed at the three. MacDougall had a strong start to the scrimmage, showing consistency from the mid-range.

In the practices leading up to the scrimmage, Hazell said that junior Paul Griggs carried an edge for the starting placekicker job over Wabash transfer senior Ian MacDougall. But afterwards, Hazell said the scrimmage didn’t make his decision any clearer.

“I think it’s going to be difficult to decide based on [Wednesday’s] performance,” Hazell said. “I thought they were OK in the first half, and then we weren’t as good as we need to be in the second half. We have to hit those. They were all short field goals. We need to be able to hit those short field goals. We’ll take a long look at it, and a close look at it and make a decision on which guys is our guy.”

Purdue’s return units looked good, as Frankie Williams had a long punt return and the duo of Akeem Hunt and Raheem Mostert showed some electrifying potential on kickoff returns.

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