Notes: Sprint to the finish

The Boilermakers returned to the practice field on Monday, starting their last week of spring drills. Boiler Sports Report offers notes and quotes of the action from inside Mollenkopf Center.

-- It seemed like business as usual inside Mollenkopf Center, but there was one notable change. On Monday, the offense donned black jerseys while the defense wore white—as decided in Saturday's ‘Jersey Scrimmage' action. The offense will remain in the blacks thanks to its 51-50 win.

-- As the spring has progressed, the reps at quarterback have been divided differently. Toward the beginning, all four quarterbacks—Rob Henry, Danny Etling, Austin Appleby and Bilal Marshall—split snaps fairly evenly. Now, Henry and Etling, the top two quarterbacks, have received the majority of reps. Appleby is getting plenty of work, too.

-- Etling is in a good position to win the starting job, but he must put it all together. Of course, for a true freshman, that's asking a lot. Etling has the benefit of time for growth, but there is a lot to be excited about. Speaking to the media after practice, Etling said: "I have to keep working because right now, I'm definitely not there yet. I've got eons to go."

-- There is no question who Purdue's starting running back will be; Akeem Hunt has taken charge of the starting role. One could argue that Hunt is one of the fastest players in the Big Ten. He told another reporter that he has been clocked at a 4.3 40-yard dash and hopes to break that mark this summer.

-- Hunt showcased his speed during a scrimmage drill today when he streaked by the defense on a run to the outside. Nobody was near catching him.

-- The first-team offense looks like it will could feature Dolapo Macarthy and Charles Torwudzo as the top two receivers, while redshirt freshman B.J. Knauf works as the Z-Receiver, a slot role.

-- While much of the offense and defense worked a 7-on-7 drill, the linemen got to square off against each other. The action was physical, but I'd tab Jordan Roos as the standout from the drill. He has been very impressive throughout the entire spring.

-- Receivers coach Kevin Sherman continues to work on the basics with his unit—namely, catching. Consistency was an issue early in the spring, so Sherman has worked some unique drills. Today, he had his receivers run short routes, with the drill aiming for reaction and reception. "Early on in the spring, we had some issues with drops and we had a few on Saturday," Sherman said after practice. "The goal this week is to finish spring ball with consistency."

-- Purdue was without several of its key players. Taylor Richards (shoulder), Sean Robinson (neck) and Brandon Cottom (knee) were all held out today.

-- The Boilermakers return to the practice field on Tuesday. Boiler Sports Report will continue its coverage from Mollenkopf!

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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