Notes: Working on the weekend

Purdue continued its weekend work, taking the practice field on Sunday for day two of camp. Boiler Sports Report offers the details from West Lafayette.

-- It was day two of Camp Darrell in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers spent two hours on the outdoor practice field on a breezy summer Sunday evening.

-- Before the start of each practice, Purdue coach Darrell Hazell holds a team meeting in which his players and coaches gather together and get mentally prepared. Hazell will read from the ‘A-Players Manuel' before each practice. Today's talk was about spiritual thoughts—perfect for a Sunday.

-- After practice, Hazell said the team's execution was "much better" than its first day of camp. That certainly showed on the field.

-- All eyes remain on the Boilermakers' quarterback race as some new developments have made things interesting. Redshirt freshman Austin Appleby—who entered camp behind co-leaders Danny Etling and Rob Henry—is making a strong push. Through two days, he has been by far the best quarterback of the bunch.

-- Appleby isn't letting the heat of the battle get to him. "I can only control what I can control," he said several times during a post-practice interview. There's no disputing that Appleby has the ideal mindset to be the starting quarterback. He must prove to be capable of leading the offense. Thus far, he has.

-- Appleby credits offensive coordinator John Shoop for helping him progress. "He's the most unbelievable football mind I've been around ever," Appleby said.

-- On the offensive line, Jordan Roos worked in at first-team guard. He was very impressive throughout the spring and could be in line for a job this fall.

-- It appears likely that freshman receiver Dan Monteroso didn't have some sort of steady role this season. Darrell Hazell has offered plenty of praise thus far. If Monteroso doesn't have a job in the offense, he could be used in special teams. The 6-foot-3 receiver brings a lot to the table.

-- Watch closely with the Boilermakers' defensive back drills and you'll see a group really working. Coach Jon Heacock really gets his guys to go after it, pushing them at a fast pace.

-- Safety Landon Feichter has long proven himself as a leader on the defense. Today in practice, during an up-tempo drill, he yelled to the defensive backs, "Push yourself! Improvements every day!" Feichter is a strong believer in the Boilermaker secondary. "I think we can be contenders to be the best secondary in the Big Ten," he said. "… it would be a disappointment if we weren't."

-- Coach Marcus Freeman has a commanding presence with his linebackers. In each drill, he's very active while working with each player individually. Freeman is rarely sitting still, moving from one player to the next and demonstrating technique. It's easy to see why his linebackers speak so highly of him.

The Boilermakers return to the practice field again on Monday. Stay with Boiler Sports Report for continued coverage of Purdue football camp.

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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