Monday, April 08, 2013

The BS Curse? (and other football notes)

After reading GBI and Mike Carmin, I thought I'd weigh in on what's been happening in God's country under Coach Hazell's watch.

I always struggle in analyzing stats and reports following an intersquad scrimmage...was the offense winning an indictment of the defense? Is the defense's progress a sign that the offense isn't getting better?  We really don't know until the fall...but there are a few things we can glean from the reports.

First, Bruce Gaston played on Saturday...that's good news, and Hazell noted that. Regardless if Purdue plays a 3-4 or 4-3, Gaston's presence in the middle will be noteworthy.

Next, the DBs played pretty well even without Allen in the fold due to injury. They had a few picks and a few more were dropped, but a ton of passes defended.  This update is one of those that might not be great news for the QBs.

And speaking of QBs, the guy that I wanted to see at QB1, Austin Appleby, has dropped from 1A with Henry to 3. Stink. But I'll be frank about the QB battle for a moment- I don't care who's at quarterback if the good guys are winning.  Henry has an unconventional delivery and has struggled with accuracy at times...but Billy Dicken had an unconventional delivery and didn't have the strongest arm and played one great year as Purdue transitioned to Drew Brees running the offense.

I'm still foggy on when/how a player commissions the NCAA on a sixth season of eligibility.  But it would seem that Henry would be a shoe-in for such a season due to his ACL tear following a redshirt. If he gets the extra year, Appleby starts in '14 and Etling is able to redshirt in the fall, Purdue could have a legit QB plan for the first time in a long time. But hey, there are a ton of variables along the way that could derail that.  I just like that there are three good options in the stable.

Etling passed Appleby on the depth chart, according to Hazell, on Saturday...competitions is always a good thing.  Hopefully this coaching staff is better at making decisions and assessing talent than the last group...and I'm confident that they are.

According to the practice reports, a few RS Freshman are playing with the ones on the offensive line.  This is good and bad.  The good of course is that these gigantic dudes are living up to their billing.  The bad is that they're green, so QBs are needing to roll out quite a bit in order to find time and passing lanes. It seems that Henry, Etling and Appleby are all mobile enough, so that shouldn't be too much of an issue.

One surprise from the reports that I've gathered is that former QB, Robert Gregory is making some noise at the position. Cottom strained his MCL on Saturday, so a few guys further down the depth chart got some carries with the ones...and everyone who saw the scrimmage noted how Gregory ran extremely hard and didn't shy away from contact.  Conversely, Akeem Hunt looked fast and great outside the tackles, but didn't shine in between the tackles. Hazell is seeking more depth at the RB position...this leads me to believe that a guy like incoming Freshman, Kenyate Green will be able to possibly see the field in the fall.  BUT, if Cottom and Hunt are healthy, that's a damned good 1-2 punch to start with.

An on-going development as Spring progresses is the lack of mentions for two-year starter Gary Bush. Bush's class schedule has kept him from practicing this Spring, so that surely doesn't help. But the question is, will he be able to move back to the 1s in the fall when his schedule is (obviously) more conducive to Purdue's camp schedule.  As of right now, RS Freshman, Knauf is in the same spot wih the 1s that Bush is playing with the 2s.  I think there could be a ton of movement come August as Anthrop gets healthy and Ross gets out of the doghouse.

I also think Mostert, Anthrop and Hunt might all be playing a similar position in the Fall...but that's just speculation at this point.  It just seems that they all have a similar skillset.

Hazell called the scrimmage one of the best that he's been a part of since he's been a head coach. That's good to hear. I guess that clearly signals that this Purdue team will have around 11 wins this coming season? Maybe not, but as J alluded to last week, Hazell seems to be making good moves thus far and his openness along with the way he's handled the media are nothing but positive.

T-minus five days until Spring ball is officially concluded with the Black/Gold Game in Ross-Ade. I'll be there with a few miniature people; looking forward to it already.

16 comments:

WinamacBoiler said...

Danny Hope
Quarterbacks Coach
Purdue University


Sorry - couldn't help it. Thanks for the updates!

zlionsfan said...

Here's an explanation from the Toledo Blade about medical hardship waivers (the one in question was awarded to Michigan's Devin Gardner).

Apparently the waivers are usually granted by the conference, not by the NCAA, even though the criteria (injured in the first half of the season, competed in no more than 30% of games, illness or injury must be incapacitating) are set by the NCAA. The waiver process has changed recently from what I recall, so the team doesn't have to make the application immediately (in other words, they can apply in, say, an athlete's junior year for a waiver for his freshman year, as in Gardner's case).

In an article about an Oklahoma player, there was an implication that if the conference denies the waiver, the school could then appeal to the NCAA. Naturally the NCAA's website didn't explain this anywhere, so I don't know if that's a misunderstanding or if that's true and just rarely known because such waivers are generally granted.

zlionsfan said...

following comments

Kodiak33 said...

Bdowd, are you going to be with the JPC? Would be awesome to meet up with some people from here and H&R.

WinamacBoiler said...

He'll probably be sitting with Schott. They're tight like that....

Kodiak33 said...

Haha, yeah.

Plang said...

I've seen a few players out here in Utah get a 6th year due to medical redshirts, and one not get it. The equation seems to be that to be a shoe-in for it the player pretty much needs to have missed almost an entire season (read: hurt before the first game or during the first game) to get it. But I don't know if there really is any hard and fast rule for it, or it is just a conference thing, if what zlionsfan says is actually the norm.

Purdue Matt said...

"Etling passed Appleby on the depth chart, according to Hope, on Saturday..."

WTF?

J Money said...

Yeah, b-dowd was drunk (as usual) when he wrote this. Correction has been made. Good to see you were paying attention.

WinamacBoiler said...

Read the second to last paragraph of this article and tell me it doesn't embody the Danny Hope era:

http://www.jconline.com/article/20130409/SPORTS020101/304090030/Early-enrollment-helping-Purdue-football-newcomer-Etling

Great guy. Awful coach.

J Money said...

I've always loved how Mike Carmin finds a way to subtly drop in a line that is always truth-based but demonstrates what a dunce Hope was.

BoilerBloodline said...

Henry his a great athlete but QB's don't wear receivers gloves. I know he started wearing it when he got hurt...but he's no longer hurt. I look at him wearing it and see Steve Spurrier standing behind him, as I seem to recall Florida QB's of the 90's wearing flipping receivers gloves on their throwing hands. Wuerffel, (yes, Googled) Mathews or Sexy Rexy. (One of those dudes that threw the ball as far as they could every other play and let 3 to 4 4.2 40 yd dash guys run under it.) I do have a point here. There's a BIG reason why normal QB's don't wear gloves. First of all, they are sticky as all get out. Second, there is NO WAY for a QB to put the touch on his passes needed to be successful at the position. You cannot consistently control your release point...hence you throw picks, worm burners and bleacher blazers. Sound familiar? Unless Hazell decides he wants to run the option almost every play, Henry is not and should not be the starting QB. I trust Coach Hazell's decision and hope he gives Appleby the ball.

Kodiak33 said...

...or Etling. Etling has been quite impressive apparently. It will be nice to see this first hand on Saturday, very excited for football for the first time in a few years!

BoilerBloodline said...

I would love to see Etling win the job as a true freshman! Much like Appleby, he seems like a phenomenal kid on the field and off. Coach Hazell has to be grinning ear to ear watching these two young QB's zip the ball around the field. We'll see. Should be a bright future for this program.

zlionsfan said...

And if he does want to run the option, he needs to get all QBs to run it, or at least two. Hope and Nord seemed to be unaware that putting in one QB for running plays and one for passing plays was holding up a big sign for the defense saying PASS or RUN.

BoilerBloodline said...

zlion...agreed! And being the Sir Isaac Newton of football...Danny Boy just KNEW it would fool the defense this time! Hahaha! Man am I (as well as my heart, brain, blood pressure, friends, family, dogs, cats, birds, bees, mother earth and every far reaching galaxy) happy that he is gone!