Spring FB Update - Practice 7
March 22, 2017

2017 Purdue Football Schedule / Purdue Football Master Plan

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Boilermakers held their seventh practice of the spring Wednesday in the Mollenkopf Athletic Center. The defense came up with a few takeaways, including some of which were forced by the defensive line.

Defensive line coach Reggie Johnson is pleased with the work his group has put in thus far. He is looking for a bunch of guys who want to work hard and learn the defense, as well as guys with explosiveness and power.

“We need our guys to have great get-off for the line of scrimmage,” Johnson said. “We need to get off the ball and knock the offensive linemen back. That’ll make it easier for the linebackers to play downfield. We need guys who can force double teams and if they don’t then we need to make plays in the backfield. That’s what we expect from our guys and we may have a couple of those type of guys. We have some veterans.”

Defensive end Kai Higgins enrolled in January as a junior college transfer. The sophomore from Pomona, California, is glad he came early so he could get a leg up on the installation, as well as make an impression on the coaching staff. Higgins did a little bit of that Wednesday, including an interception on a tipped ball.

“I’m really enjoying spring ball. At first, I had a big adjustment period trying to get used to the speed and size of everybody,” Higgins said. “Now that I have a hang of it and have the playbook down a little bit, I’m starting to make plays again. There is a lot more speed at this level. I come out every practice like it’s a game because practices are supposed to be harder than games. There’s no layoff periods and practice and you just have to go. I wasn’t used to that at first, but now I feel more comfortable.”

The team has seven more practices before the Spring Game on April 8. The full list of practices, which are open to the public, is below.

2017 Purdue Spring Football Schedule
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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