Notes: Just kicking it

Darrell Hazell and Purdue held a Saturday kicking scrimmage. BSR's Jeff Washburn offers notes from Ross-Ade Stadium.

WEST LAFAYETTE - It was just one scrimmage on one very chilly day, but it is evident the Purdue football team is going to have strong competition between incumbent place kicker Paul Griggs and fellow junior Thomas Meadows.

Griggs' Black team held on for a 28-27 kicking game scrimmage victory against Meadows and the Gold team on Saturday morning in cold and snowy Ross-Ade Stadium, although Virginia native Meadows made five consecutive field goal attempts in the second half, rallying his group from a 22-6 halftime deficit in the spirited 70-minute session, which included referees.

Sophomore quarterback Austin Appleby was the holder for Meadows' five consecutive makes from 31 to 41 yards.

Meadows tried to block out the frigid temperatures and messy surface.

"Being up here a couple of years, you get used to what the weather is like around here," Meadows said. "It was a little disappointing, but I don't think it was any surprise that the weather was what it was like today. Today was a good practice for what it might be like in late November.

"I just tried to approach it from that standpoint and stay as warm as I could on the sideline. Honestly, I actually surprised myself. I was really relaxed the whole time I was out there for that series. I stayed calm and within myself. Every kick I tried to finish with my hips going towards the uprights. This is the best kick scrimmage we have had. The team was really involved."

Griggs, who is from North Carolina, was not as accurate as Meadows on Saturday but believes the job in the fall will be his.

"I absolutely feel like it is my job," Griggs said. "But you absolutely have to earn it. I am going into my junior year, and I am looking forward to the fall. When we play in Ross-Ade, Lucas Oil Stadium or anywhere in the Big Ten, it is a job I want to have.

Coach Darrell Hazell liked the effort, especially the explosive 99-yard kickoff return by Raheem Mostert to begin the scrimmage and Danny Anthrop's 74-yard punt return moments later. Each went for a touchdown.

"We thought it was going to be a blowout, but teams always seem to work their way back into it," Hazell said. "Meadows, on the surface, did a good job. We will have to see the film. I thought he punted well as well.

"Obviously, we have some big-play guys in Anthrop and Raheem. It is always nice to have that kind of firepower. We will take a look at the film on Monday and see the areas we need to improve and go from there."

- The Black received an interesting reward for the one-point victory.

"They get into it, and it is a lot of fun for them," Hazell said. "I am not sure it is appropriate for today, but the winner gets snow cones."

- Hazell liked the fact the weather added an unexpected obstacle for the kicking scrimmage.

"I think that is very important," Hazell said. "We talked to them before we came out here and reminded them that they are going to have to play in some of these conditions in November. They will have to handle it."

- Anthrop, Appleby and Griggs each took turns serving as a holder for the field goal and extra point attempts. Hazell said he hopes to have three potential holders available in the fall.

- Sophomore safety Austin Logan suffered an ankle injury during a punt return late in the scrimmage and had to be assisted off the field. Hazell said the injury will be evaluated during the next day or so but hopes it is not serious.

- Purdue will practice in full pads Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this coming week as spring drills begin to wind down.


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