-- Practice ran shorter than usual—about 90 minutes of work on the outdoor practice field—with the specialists scrimmage in the afternoon. For Purdue, the focus was on technique after a physical week of practice.
-- Fifth-year senior Rob Henry took most of the first-team reps at quarterback, while Danny Etling and Austin Appleby split snaps with the twos and threes. At this point, it appears Henry has a decent lead on the other two quarterbacks. Still, there's plenty of time for that to change.
-- A name to watch at running back is that of redshirt freshman Robert Gregory, the former high-school quarterback. Gregory has gotten plenty of second-team reps and the coaching staff appears high on him. Gregory is a playmaker out of the backfield—a sure-handed weapon in the passing game.
-- B.J. Knauf has been very impressive at receiver. With his back healed, Knauf is ready to make an impact in the offense. He has consistent hands and great speed, which is just about all the coaches can ask for at this point in camp.
-- Purdue's offensive line certainly has potential, but it's all about finding consistency. First, the unit must avoid pre-snap penalties—something which has plagued the entire team early in camp. After that, it's about mastering blocking assignments. Coach Jim Bridge has done an excellent job building continuity with the line, and it's beginning to resemble his teachings. If the line can stay steady, it could have a good year.
-- With Joe Gilliam sidelined—likely two to three weeks—with a finger injury, the door is open for redshirt freshman Jimmy Herman to first-team reps. The 6-foot-4 defender takes away much of the middle of the field and has the athleticism to make plays.
-- Cornerback Normando Harris is likely to have a role in the secondary, whether it's as that third cornerback or in a nickelback role. Harris has been productive through camp.
The Boilermakers are back on the practice field Saturday afternoon as the specialists get their work in.