FB Back on the Field After Spring Break
March 20, 2017

2017 Purdue Football Schedule / Purdue Football Master Plan

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The football team was back on the practice field Monday for the first time in 12 days. The team competed hard in a two-hour high-energy session, though it was not as clean as head coach Jeff Brohm would have liked.

“I think we had our moments today with a few plays here and there,” Brohm said. “You could tell we’ve been off for a week. To be honest with you, I’d like for us to be a little sharper and crisper. We worked through it and there were some plays made especially on the defensive side of the ball. We were able to find a way to run the ball a little bit, but we have a ways to go.”

The Boilermakers are looking to replace the majority of their receiving corps after most of the group graduated last season. The team is looking at a handful of players, including early freshman enrollee Tyler Hamilton. Hamilton comes to Purdue from Hilton Head, South Carolina, and is a speedy slot receiver. He practiced in full pads for the first time Monday and is excited about coming in early and having a chance to compete.

“Practice has been good. I’m glad I’m finally able to practice and get my feet wet a little bit. It’s a lot different than high school. Everything is a lot faster, so I’m trying to adjust to everything on offense. I think I’m doing pretty well so far. It felt good to be a full part of the team today, but at the same time I’m still a freshman, so I’m trying to learn everything and get adjusted. I want to be able to able to learn and compete for a starting spot. I like the process so far and I’m enjoying the whole thing.”

Wide receivers coach JaMarcus Shephard acknowledges that having an inexperienced group can be challenging, but he likes what he’s seen out of his guys so far. He’s had to teach his guys what is expected out of his group and the energy level he needs to see day in and day out in everything they do. Not only does he want to see production on the field, he also wants to see a certain mentality about his guys in everything they do.

“I want our guys to be tough, hard-nosed and mentally sound individuals,” Shephard said. “We can go out and be very tough and fast and still execute everything we do. That is what is required to be really good at this position. This is an art, not something you can just come out and be brute force about it. We need to hone in on our craft and be good at our craft. We need to compete. I’m a big believed in competition and putting the guys in competitive, pressure situations.”

The Boilermakers have eight more practices before the Spring Game on April 8. The full remaining practice schedule is below and all practices are open to the public.


2017 Purdue Spring Football Schedule
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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