FB in Full Pads for First Time of Spring
March 3, 2017



2017 Purdue Football Schedule / Purdue Football Master Plan

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Friday's practice was the first in full pads for the football team. The Boilermakers got after it for two hours in a productive, high-energy productive session inside the Mollenkopf Athletic Center.

Special teams coordinator, co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Tony Levine has made an early impact on the team. Prior to coming to Purdue, Levine broke NCAA kickoff return records at Houston (return touchdowns) and Western Kentucky (return average). The first-year Purdue assistants prides himself on thinking outside the box and trying things that have not been feature by any other team in the country.

"I've been doing it a long time," Levine said. "I study special teams quite a bit and work to be an expert at my coaching. My personality leads me to be a bit outside the box. We'll do things that are unconventional but without there being thought put into it. We anticipate and expect to be successful at it. One thing (head) coach (Jeff) Brohm talk about all the time is just because no one else has tried something doesn't matter. We're going to do that. We've had success at Western Kentucky and Houston doing it, so we've done some creative things there that have worked. Punting the football, kickoffs, field goals - we'll do some creative things there that people watching us will say, `I've never seen that before,' and that makes it fun for the players."

Kicker J.D. Dellinger is excited to work with Levine. He has seen the success his new coach has had at previous stops and that has helped him know that Levine knows what he is talking about. Dellinger wants to work on his accuracy as well as leg power, especially on kickoffs.

"I think it'll be a huge help. I think Coach Levine is awesome," Dellinger said. "The first day he told us that we're not going to kick every day. It's helpful to save the leg throughout the week and I think he'll be a huge help. I'm looking forward to working with him."

Levine also works with tight ends, which have been a huge part of Jeff Brohm's offenses. The group returns some of Purdue's most experienced receivers from a year ago, after several receivers from the 2016 graduated. Among that group is sophomore Brycen Hopkins, who had four touchdown receptions in his first year of action.

"One of the things we knew as tight ends coming into this offense is that tight ends are really involved. I think we're going to be really involved and get a lot of balls and a lot of plays. It should be a breakout year for us."

Full interviews with Levine, Dellinger and Hopkins can be found below.

The Boilermakers have 11 practices left in spring ball before the Spring Game on April 8. The remaining schedule, which is open to the public and free of charge, is below.

2017 Purdue Spring Football Schedule
March 6 -- Bimel or Mollenkopf, 3:30 p.m.
March 8 (Scrimmage) -- Bimel or Mollenkopf, 3:30 p.m.
March 20 -- Bimel or Mollenkopf, 3:30 p.m.
March 22 -- Bimel or Mollenkopf, 3:30 p.m.
March 24 -- Bimel or Mollenkopf, 3:30 p.m.
March 27 -- Bimel or Mollenkopf, 3:30 p.m.
March 29 -- Bimel or Mollenkopf, 3:30 p.m.
March 31 -- Bimel or Mollenkopf, 3:30 p.m.
April 1 (Scrimmage) -- TBA, 10 a.m.
April 3 -- Bimel or Mollenkopf, 3:30 p.m.
April 5 -- Bimel or Mollenkopf, 3:30 p.m.
April 8 (Spring Game) -- Ross-Ade, 1 p.m.


 

 

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