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Hope sees progress in spring ball

Purdue is halfway through its spring practice schedule, and coach Danny Hope said he thinks the team is making progress.

"For the most part, we're executing pretty good for spring football," Hope said Saturday after his team finished practice with a scrimmage.

Hope changed the practice plan this spring, allowing players to take a week off for spring break, and the group gathered to start practicing again earlier this week.

That first practice Hope said the team was sluggish, but he liked the energy it showed on Wednesday. Then he gave the team Thursday and Friday off from practice, though they still were in the weight room and had meetings with position coaches.

"I think the fact we're spreading the practices out, they're not as sore," Hope said. "We were pretty fresh for a Saturday morning. I thought the speed was pretty good. The fact we're having a little more meeting time with them, I think is allowing the guys to learn their plays better and get a grasp of what's going on around them."

Quarterback Rob Henry, who spent his spring break on a missions trip in South Africa, said he liked the new approach to spring ball.

"I liked the five practices, so you really focus on those five practices before spring break, make sure you get five good practices and then you get a little break and then come back and refocus on everything," he said.

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