Mostert leads charge in scrimmage

Raheem Mostert led Purdue in its jersey scrimmage.

WEST LAFAYETTE - If the Purdue football team is going to make significant improvement during the 2014 season, it will need the kind of plays senior Raheem Mostert made during Saturday morning's Spring Jersey Scrimmage in Ross-Ade Stadium.

Mostert led the offense to a 48-45 victory against the defense with impressive touchdown runs of 34 and 59 yards. Unofficially, Mostert rushed nine times for 136 yards. He fumbled once in a scrimmage that included 72 scripted plays and approximately 30 additional snaps. The session lasted 80 minutes on a brisk but sunny morning. Additional points were awarded for first downs for the offense and for turnovers and negative yardage plays for the defense.

"We performed pretty good," Mostert said. "There is still a lot of work we need to get done. We dropped a couple balls. The run game was there. But we had double-digit drops. As running backs, we need to work a little more on ball security. I put one on the ground, and there were a couple of others.

"On the TDs, I saw the hole and just ran. I think I personally proved something today. Last year, I didn't get that many reps. This year, I had a lot to live up to. I have a lot of encouragement within myself."

According to head coach Darrell Hazell, Mostert has proven himself this spring.

"Raheem is going to be a guy that is going to be a huge weapon for us," Hazell said. "He gets to the second level, watch out. He put it on the ground one time, which is unacceptable. But he did a lot of good things."

Etling also likes what he is seeing from Mostert.

"He is so electric, fast and strong that he is going to be a great player for us," Etling said. "We can't get him the ball enough. Today, he had a lot of electric runs. We are going to continue to use him. We have tailored some plays for these playmakers that we have. We want to make the defense defend the whole field and get him the ball with some space."

Hazell spent the afternoon watching tape of the scrimmage. He said the defense performed well. Linebacker Sean Robinson, a converted quarterback, Unofficially had eight tackles, and improving safety Robert Gregory was active as well.

"The first defensive line played extremely well ... played in the backfield," Hazell said. "They were getting a lot of single points for negative plays. That is what you want to do - play on the other side of the line of scrimmage."

A Gregory hit on tight end Dalapo Macarthy may have ended Macarthy's spring. The fifth-year tight end was helped off the field holding his left arm to the side.

"It sounded like a shoulder," Hazell said.

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