Purdue offense looks good in intrasquad scrimmage
By Brian Peloza Post-Tribune correspondent August 17, 2013 6:38PM
Updated: September 19, 2013 10:16AM
WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue’s quarterback competition is now over, leaving just the waiting game left to be played before finding out the who will start the season opener.
The Boilermakers concluded its two-week fall camp with a scrimmage on Saturday in Ross-Ade Stadium. It was the final audition for senior Rob Henry (12 of 17 passing, 127 yards), redshirt freshman Austin Appleby (7 of 11, 121, 1 touchdown) and freshman Danny Etling (6 of 14, 31).
Henry took the most snaps with the first team during fall camp, but Hazell wasn’t tipping his hat after Saturday’s scrimmage, which the offense won 77-43 in a modified scoring format.
“We’ll make a decision on the quarterback probably (Sunday) or Monday,” Hazell said.
Asked if the scrimmage made his decision any easier or more difficult, Hazell wasn’t budging.
“We’ll make a decision on the quarterback on (Sunday) or Monday,” Hazell said with a slight smile.
Whomever is selected as the starting quarterback will be without two potential targets.
Freshman wide receiver Dan Monteroso broke his collarbone during Thursday’s practice and had surgery Saturday morning. Hazell said Monteroso will be out for six weeks and a decision will be made at that point on potentially redshirting him.
Sophomore wide receiver Danny Anthrop suffered what appeared to be a significant knee injury during Saturday’s scrimmage, yelling in pain on the field after it occurred. He was immediately taken off the field on a golf cart.
“I feel horrible for him because the kid has worked so hard to put himself in position to be one of our guys,” said Hazell, who did not have an update to provide on Anthrop following the scrimmage. “Your heart sinks when one of your guys goes down like that.”
Monteroso and Anthrop were both having solid fall camps and figured to be in the receiver rotation this season.
“I still think we have a lot of guys that will step up,” Hazell said. “We’ll be OK when we open up.”
Dolapo Macarthy, a former Merrillville standout, started with the first team, and had two catches for 15 yards during the scrimmage. Ryan Isaac, a Michigan City graduate, started at defensive tackle and had a sack, but made the start due to Bruce Gaston being out with an injury, though he’s expected to return for the season-opener.
Hazell said starters Devin Smith (offensive line) and Joe Gilliam (linebacker) could both be back for the opening week, but a full determination won’t be made until the week of the game.
Phil Taylor, a defensive back from Michigan City, had four tackles, while ex-Merrillville player Landau Lang had two tackles.
DeAngelo Yancey caught an 82-yard touchdown pass from Appleby, while Brandon Cottom (44 yards), Keyante Green (40, 1 touchdown) and Dalyn Dawkins (35 yards, two touchdowns) all rushed well.
“I feel I have a special big-play ability that I can bring to the offense,” Dawkins said.