Notes: Getting game-like

Purdue began to install its game plan for the opener at Cincinnati. Boiler Sports Report offers a full report from the Boilermakers' Monday practice.

-- Camp Darrell is in the books, and it's time to move into game-like practices. Purdue began to install its game plan for the season-opener against Cincinnati. "Today was our first real look at Cincinnati," head coach Darrell Hazell said. "It was a typical Tuesday [of game week]."

-- During the beginning portion of practice, the first-team offense and defense went up against a scout team look of Cincinnati, building its schemes around what Bearcat coach Tommy Tuberville will show.

-- It wasn't just an ordinary day for the Boilermakers, as Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany visited with the program. He spoke for about 15 minutes with the media, then took in most of Purdue's practice. Delany spoke highly of Hazell, calling him a "great leader" for the program. He added: "Everyone is waiting in anticipation."

-- Hazell had some good news to offer on sophomore receiver Danny Anthrop, who suffered a knee injury in Saturday's scrimmage. While it appeared at the time to be a gruesome injury, Hazell confirmed that it's a second-degree MCL sprain, which is about the best-case scenario for the injury he suffered.

-- I asked receiver B.J. Knauf—a guy who has dealt with injury issues of his own—about Anthrop's injury. He said: "I was extremely happy. The last thing I wanted for him was to sit out the year. Sitting out any games, any practices at all, it's hard enough. I know, for him, it's going to be tough, but we're just happy he'll be back in such a short time."

-- In the quarterback watch, Rob Henry again took the first snap with the ones. OK, bad joke. But the fifth-year senior was sharp in his first practice since being named the Boilermakers' starter. He was especially impressive on the move, making strong throws in rollouts and creating plays with his feet. Henry gave a look at the dynamics which led him to become the guy under center.

-- Sophomore Robert Gregory has impressed at receiver for the Boilermakers. The converted quarterback is a weapon in the running and passing game. With several injuries in the receiving room, there's a chance for Gregory to earn some playing time.

-- Ryan Isaac, who played primarily defensive end last year, has made the move to the inside and it has been successful. The senior is in line for plenty of playing time this season. When asked about the move, Isaac said, "It really wasn't a challenge at all."

-- With Joe Gilliam still sidelined with a finger injury, senior linebacker Will Lucas has moved from the outside to the middle in order to fill the void. Gilliam's status remains uncertain for the opener against Cincinnati.

-- Purdue is back in school and the students are back on campus. With that, the buzz for the new season is growing. Said senior safety Landon Feichter: "The community as a whole, you're getting a sense of vibe. It's just very exciting."

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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