Notes: Push through the pain

The Boilermakers are battling physical and mental fatigue in camp, but it's not slowing them down. Boiler Sports Report offers notes and quotes from Friday's workout.

-- Another day, another practice. The Boilermakers were back to work on Friday morning, putting in two hours on the outdoor practice field. It's around this time in camp where the fatigue—both physical and mental—begins to kick in. "They're a little sore and a little tired, but they pushed through it," head coach Darrell Hazell said after practice.

-- Hazell offered some bad news after practice, announcing linebacker Joe Gilliam will be sidelined for two to three weeks, making his status for the season-opener against Cincinnati uncertain. Gilliam received treatment in Indianapolis on Thursday, fixing an injury which occurred before the start of camp.

-- With Gilliam off the field, Will Lucas and Jimmy Herman have shared first-team reps at middle linebacker. Herman, the redshirt freshman, brings a lot to the table with his 6-foot-4 frame.

-- Once again, fifth-year senior Rob Henry took the first-team snaps at quarterback while redshirt freshman Austin Appleby worked with the twos, while also stepping in with the ones at times. "I'm trying to get better every day," Appleby said.

-- One of the reasons the coaching staff is showing more faith in Appleby is because of how he has limited mistakes—namely turnovers. Through the early part of camp, Purdue has dealt with far too many turnovers, especially from the quarterback position. Appleby has been the exception, taking care of the ball and showing consistency.

-- There's no denying Danny Etling's talents, but it's all about consistency. Right now, the freshman is dealing with a steep learning curve as he works to handle the complex playbook—namely its pre-snap reads and checks. Etling hasn't been the same quarterback as he was in the spring, and not near what he is capable of being. If Etling can play to his potential and become more consistent overall, he'll be in line to start.

-- Coach Gerad Parker could be just what tight end Gabe Holmes needs to grow in his senior season. Parker brings an honest approach to the table, one that doesn't sugarcoat anything. Parker has told Holmes not to worry about meeting potential or any expectations. "We're doing talking about it," Parker has said. The expectation from the coaches is for Holmes to haul in 60 catches this season. With Parker's guidance, it's very possible.

-- Freshman receiver Deangelo Yancey made an impressive one-handed catch on a 50-plus-yard pass from Danny Etling. After practice, Hazell had some praise to offer for Yancey. "He's got a real chance to be pretty special early," Hazell said.

-- Practice ended with kicker Sam McCartney drilling a 38-yard field goal, even with Hazell calling a timeout to ice him. Hazell said after practice that he's in favor of icing the kicker.

The Boilermakers get back to work on Saturday morning for their eighth day of work in camp. Stay with Boiler Sports Report for continued camp coverage.

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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