Danny Hope: We designed longer and harder practices. That's what they needed.

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Tuesday April 10, 2012


Posted by: Pete Roussel on April 8, 2012

Purdue head coach Danny Hope has put his team through their most difficult spring practice yet.

After going 5-7 and 4-8 in his first two seasons as head coach, Hope led the Boilermakers to a 7-6 record and Little Ceasars Bowl win over Western Michigan in December.

Now, it's time to move the program to the next level.

On Monday, Hope said, "To the man, everybody on our football team has really improved.  The bowl practices made a significant difference to our football team.  This has been a very tough spring."

"We've had long, hard practices.  The practices have been longer, they've been harder.  That's by design.  We wanted a more physically tough, more mentally tough football team.  A more discipline football team.  So we've come out here and extend our players and have them extend themselves throughout  the course of spring practice, so it's been a very tough spring for them, which is good.  It's what they needed.  That's what they got."

Purdue will play their spring game on Saturday.  Since the game is televised by the Big Ten Network, Hope says the team will play is close to the vest.

The goal: "For the fans to have fun, the players to have fun, and no one to get hurt."

Here's more from Danny Hope following Monday's practice:

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