In the middle of August, Purdue is on the verge of its 2012-2013 football season. Normally, this would be the only sport worth talking about, but there are a few other updates here thanks to the 2012 Olympics and the men’s basketball team’s visit to Italy.
- Purdue football is eight practices into its fall camp. It appears Caleb TerBush will start game one, but I expect Robert Marve to split some time under center too. Rob Henry is working his way into the picture as well although his role will probably be in wildcat packages. On the other side of the ball, Robert Maci is playing at both linebacker and defensive end. Jalani Phillips has emerged as the defensive end opposite to Ryan Russell, but I think there will be a lot of substitutions on the defensive line and that Ryan Watson, Ryan Isaac, and Maci will all take turns trying to get to the quarterback. In the secondary, Taylor Richards is the front runner to start at free safety with Max Charlot at strong safety. Linebacker has been a weakness in the past, but Dwayne Beckford should be really solid as a middle linebacker. The next few weeks are critical in determining the starting spots for not only the linebacking corps, but the rest of the remaining openings along the offensive line. Expectations are high this year, but there are still a lot of question marks for the Boilers.
- Purdue basketball is in Italy right now. They have played two exhibition games so far. They won their first game easily against the All Star Italy (80-38), but slipped up against a professional team from Lithuania (Atletas Kaunas) and lost by 3 points (82-79). The surprise of the tour so far might be Donnie Hale’s offensive outpour. In the first game, he scored 11 points while collecting 11 rebounds. In the second game, he led Purdue with 19 points. Sandi Marcius grabbed 12 rebounds in the first game and 14 rebounds in the second game, so he looks to be in a good position to start at center this upcoming season. Rapheal Davis led the way in scoring vs All Star Italy — he had 15 points. The exhibition games are a great way for Purdue to give their young roster a test drive and Matt Painter is doing just that. Matt Painter is not concerned about wins, losses, or margin of victory/defeat. In fact, Painter insisted that Atletas Kaunas continue to play their best player even after he had fouled out. This is all about getting experience under the belt of Purdue’s five freshmen.
- Purdue was represented well in London by four athletes. Diver and Noblesville (Ind.) native David Boudia won gold in the 10 m platform while winning bronze in synchronized diving. This was the first time since 1988 that the USA won a medal in the 10 m platform. In addition, Lauren Sesselmann (a Purdue women’s soccer player) earned a bronze medal with Canada. Javelin thrower Kara Patterson competed with a torn ACL, but was not able to bring home a medal for the United States. Similarly, Nedzad Mulabegovic fell short in the shot put for Croatia. Full details on Purdue’s sports’ website.