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In his words: Purdue's Hazell on strides in spring

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Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 12:01 am

Purdue University football coach Darrell Hazell talked about where his team is at after his first spring running the program:

On the spring game overall:

“It's a good conclusion to four weeks of a lot of hard work by our guys. I really like the direction we are heading I think we are working hard and I think we are understanding how to compete in some tough situations. Obviously, there is a lot of work to be done before we open up the season against Cincinnati but the mindsets of our guys, I really think we are starting to understand what it takes to be a better football team right now. How far we are right now, I'm not sure, but we're heading in the right direction.”

On the playbooks for the game:

“I kept the offense restricted, as well as the defense, on first and second down. I said we had to be in two-back offense or two-tight end offense on first and second down. I said the defense could not blitz on first or second down; they could blitz on third down. They could bring one zone pressure per quarter but wanted to see us play base defense and base offense and be a physical team today and I think we accomplished that.”

On the quarterbacks:

"The black team quarterbacks, today, I thought they did a good job taking care of the football. I think they threw one pick over there. When you are limited the way we were there isn't a whole lot you can do but what was called it was executed pretty well.”

On the overall team depth:

“You know its fun because when you mix and match teams the first and the second team, you never know what you are going to get, but I thought both sides of the ball, both squads played pretty hard. Think we'll take a look at where we are. Nothing is set in stone. Like is aid earlier there's a long way to go but I think we'll get there with the determination these guys are practicing with.”

On Akeem Hunt:

“I have a lot of confidence in him. I think he is a marquee guy in this league because he does have some balance. He has some line quickness and he has top end speed to take it the distance and he is showing some toughness. You saw him finish some runs today he lowered his shoulder and got those hidden yards those two to three yards you need. The key for him is to get stronger in the offseaon and continue to learn the game but where he is right now I think he'll be pretty special if he keeps working at it.”

On the alumni players in attendance:

“That was a special group. You talk about (Mike) Alstott and (Bob) Griese and some of those other guys that came back, just the tradition those guys have and the passion they have for Purdue football and wanted our players to feel that. If we can start to feel that and believe that then we'll do some special things around here.”