Pharos-Tribune

Local News

August 15, 2013

Hazell hopes to have Boiler football on the rise

Former Kent St. coach in search of starting QB.

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — Darrell Hazell has been busy since football camp opened earlier this month.

The new Purdue coach spent his first week installing the offense. This week, he’ll talk about execution. Next week, the message is anybody’s guess, but you can bet Hazell will have one. He always does.

The man who turned around Kent State’s moribund program is now trying to lay the foundation for a revival of Boilermakers football. Attendance has declined and the program is struggling to remain competitive with its Big Ten counterparts.

A year ago, the Boilermakers were supposed to contend for a league title. Instead, they finished fourth in the Leaders Division and Danny Hope was fired.

Hazell has a plan to fix all this, and he’s trying to be patient as the new philosophies take hold.

“I think they’ve done a great job of really just getting locked in and understanding the effort that it takes to get better,” he said about his team. “We have to keep getting better.”

Here are five keys to the Boilermakers season.

1. GETTING ACCLIMATED:

Hazell came to West Lafayette with a mandate to change the direction of a program that has reached back-to-back bowl games but has mostly underachieved since Drew Brees led the 2000 Boilermakers to the Rose Bowl. The former Ohio State assistant is taking his can-do attitude to the field, where he expects all of his players to meet his unflinchingly high standards.

2. QUARTERBACK CRADLE:

Here, it’s always been about quarterbacks. The succession line includes names such as Dawson, Griese, Danielson, Herrman, Everett and Brees. Who’s next? That’s what Hazell must first decide. The early favorite is Rob Henry, who started seven games in 2010, missed all of 2011 with a knee injury and returned last season. He threw only 38 passes in 2012 as he played multiple positions. But that’s 37 more attempts than the other four Purdue quarterbacks have thrown in college — combined. His toughest competition may come from true freshman Danny Etling, a midyear enrollee who the Boilermakers are hoping adds his name to the long line of big-time quarterbacks.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Police Blotter: July 24, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    July 24, 2014

  • NWS-PT072414 shrek2.jpg Cast of believers: Children take stage this weekend As almost 50 children and teenagers crowded around the edge of the stage at McHale Performing Arts Center, Dan McDonald counted off: one, two, three... “I believe!”It was the start of tech rehearsal for Junior Civic Theater’s production of “Shrek: Th

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Higher expenses hurt new farmers The rising cost of farming expenses is making it tougher for young farmers to get into agriculture, according to a national census. The Census of Agriculture released its 2012 data in May, which gave information on the scope of American farming.The s

    July 24, 2014

  • Peru dam [Duplicate] Who should fix the Peru dams? PERU -- Who has jurisdiction over six dams located in the Hidden Hills housing addition just north of Peru, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources or the people who own the land? It's a question with a lot riding on it -- more than $1.5 million,

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • CCCF issues grant deadline reminder The Cass County Community Foundation is currently accepting grant proposals for the previously announced pool of $93,000, according to a press release from the foundation.The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. Wednesday. Non-profit, 501(c)(3)

    July 24, 2014

  • Police Blotter: July 23, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    July 23, 2014

  • NWS-PT072314 Delphi Play2.jpg 'Under the sea': Delphi children ready for musical DELPHI — Young actors and actresses will tell the story of a young mermaid dreaming about being human in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” this weekend.The Stargazers Children’s Theatre, a program through Delphi’s public library, is presenting the mu

    July 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • NWS-PT072314 Matthew Shuey mugshot - CLG [Duplicate] Police: Peru man punched officer in the face PERU — A 51-year-old Peru man was arrested after flipping off a police officer and punching him in the nose.According to court documents released Tuesday, Peru Officer Matthew Feller was on patrol Friday when he observed Matt Shuey lean out his car w

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gay couples' lawyers object to full-court hearing INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys on either side of a lawsuit over Indiana’s overthrown gay marriage ban are wrangling over how many federal judges should hear the state’s appeal, a technical issue that could make a big difference.Those representing gay

    July 23, 2014

  • Police Blotter: July 22, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    July 22, 2014

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

The Pence administration continues to cut Indiana agency budgets despite a state surplus of $2 billion. Is this wise management of state funds?

Yes
No
Not sure
     View Results
eEdition