Austin Appleby is still running as Purdue's No. 2 quarterback, keeping Danny Etling at No. 3 and Rob Henry at No. 1. This comes as Purdue heads into tomorrow's scrimmage at Ross-Ade Stadium that will end fall camp. Today's practice was only a short one because of the football banquet this afternoon, but today's update will include yesterday's two practices as well.
Quarterback is Henry's to lose:
Rob Henry was with the No. 1 offense at last night's fan appreciation scrimmage and he did well with a nice dump off TD pass to Akeem Hunt. He continues to get the majority of the first team reps and I think many would be very surprised if he is not named the starter some time this weekend. That is the timeline coach Hazell had in mind originally and I don't see it changing.
A Freshman running back emerges:
Finally, one of the four freshmen running backs appears to have emerged as a possible contributor. Dalyn Dawkins out of Louisville Trinity got some reps with the first team yesterday:
Dalyn Dawkins = slippery, making case for playing time. Getting snaps with No. 1 #Purdue offense.— GoldandBlack.com (@GoldandBlackcom) August 15, 2013
This is great news for Dawkins, who could be a No. 3 back behind Robert Gregory and Akeem Hunt. The size of Brandon Cottom gives him some options at fullback too. I think those three guys are the top three guys still, but Dawkins could easily be making a move.
As mentioned earlier today, Monteroso broke his collarbone. It occurred on a play yesterday with Ricardo Allen. It seems very likely that Monteroso will redshirt now, as he is out a minimum of a month if not two because of surgery.
McCartney tops at kicker?:
Sam McCartney appears to have added distance to his kicks, as he was tried on a 48-yarder in today's practice. That is almost 10 yards longer than the longest kick he attempted last season. He has been the more accurate guy in practice so far, but it is still close with Paul Griggs.
Jersey Scrimmage Tomorrow:
The final day of fall camp is tomorrow, as the jersey scrimmage will take place at Ross-Ade Stadium. It gets started at 11:15 a.m. and fans are welcome to come and watch. The winning team, either the offense or the defense, wins the right to wear black in practice the rest of the year.