Purdue football notebook: Anthony Brown steps in at safety for Landon Fletcher
By Michael Osipoff 713-2485 or firstname.lastname@example.org September 14, 2013 9:32PM
Updated: September 14, 2013 11:16PM
WEST LAFAYETTE — Sophomore safety Anthony Brown made the first start of his Purdue career, with junior Landon Feichter sidelined with a broken leg. As a freshman, Brown played in 10 games as a backup, making six tackles.
“He’s very athletic,” coach Darrell Hazell said earlier this week as the Boilermakers were preparing for Saturday night’s game against No. 21 Notre Dame. “That is the one thing that you like about Anthony, when you watch him on special teams and how well he can come down and make tackles downhill. So he’s a guy that’s fast, he’s athletic, and he’s a guy that’s still learning back there.
“One of the things that happened last week (against Indiana State) is his eyes got caught up in the backfield on that last-second touchdown that they threw. So he still has to learn that he can’t necessarily tackle that thing for a 3-yard loss or 3-yard gain. He has to play the deep pass. But he’s getting better each day.”
Having already broken bones in both hands in the season opener at Cincinnati, Feichter broke his fibula against the Sycamores. He underwent surgery on Tuesday morning, and was expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.
“I would do anything to be suiting up with my brothers right now,” Feichter tweeted before the game against the Irish. “I BELIEVE in all of them!”
More on injuries: Tight end Gabe Holmes, who suffered a potentially season-ending wrist injury in Tuesday’s practice, was wearing a sling on Saturday. Justin Sinz and Patrick Bade, the former basketball player, started against Notre Dame, as Purdue opened in a two-tight end set. Also, on the game’s first possession, Sterling Carter, a senior who was a JUCO transfer, made the first catch of his career, a 14-yarder.
Hello, there: Wide receiver Dolapo Macarthy, a Merrillville graduate, made his season debut for the Boilermakers, appearing in the middle stages of the first quarter. Fullback Brandon Cottom played on offense for the first time this season, after previously having played only on special teams. And sophomore wide receiver Danny Anthrop made his season debut, after he injured his MCL during the jersey scrimmage on Aug. 17.