FB Spring Update - Practice 9
March 27, 2017

2017 Purdue Football Schedule / Purdue Football Master Plan

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Cornerbacks coach Derrick Jackson made it clear Monday that he wants to see his group make plays. The first-year Purdue assistant wants to see his group keep everything in front of them and come up with interceptions and force fumbles, especially from veteran guys like Da’Wan Hunte.

“We’re trying to get rid of old habits and create winning habits. We have buy-in from the guys at this point and the guys are working hard,” Jackson said. “There are still new concepts, but we are at a good foundation that we can move forward from. We need to be able to lineup properly and run the correct defense. We want to take away big plays and eliminate the big plays. At the end of the day, it’s accountability. We need to do a great job of minimizing big plays as much as we can and create interceptions and fumbles and have an urgency to do that.”

Hunte is happy with where he is as a player, but wants to see himself take the next step. The rising-senior feels that he put himself in good positions a year ago, but came up short on finishing the plays he wanted to. That’s the biggest thing he wants to get better at as the spring practices wind down over the next two weeks.

“Camp is going well even though everything is new. It’s not hard to adjust and make changes, so it’s going well. I try to work on my craft every day and get better. I think our group has been doing well and we’re coming along, especially with the game experience we have. This is my last year, so I want us all to be better. I want to make more plays this year. That’s my focus. I had a chance to be the starter last year and played almost every down, so now it’s all about making more plays. I need to do that for the team. That’s my mindset, so I’m going to keep working on that. I just need to finish, because I always put myself in good position.”

The Boilermakers have five more practices before the annual Spring Game on April 8. All five, as well as the Spring Game, are open to the public and free of charge. The full schedule and interviews can be found on this page.

2017 Purdue Spring Football Schedule
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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