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There was live tackling but also third-down periods, a coming off the goal line portion, red zone work and a two-minute drill – or to be precise the 1:20 drill – featuring the first, second and third teams.

Saying all of that, sophomore receiver keyron catlett had a good day. At the end of spring practice and going into training camp, who knows where it leads.

The 5-foot-10 catlett caught five passes – including a leaping grab for 54 yards from walk-on quarterback aidan O’connell while straddling the sideline – and nearly had another for a touchdown but was just out of bounds. He also had two carries.

Unfortunately, catlett had free time last year. He was impressive during training camp, leading head coach jeff brohm to give catlett an early opportunity to join the rotation and contribute on special teams.Spring practice

Catlett, though, wasn’t ready. He slid down the depth chart and admitted saturday, “I wish I redshirted my freshman year now that I’m sitting back and thinking about it.”

“anybody going out there in the game is excepting to do big things for the team,” catlett said. “I didn’t get to do that, so I was low on myself at the time.”

He pushed forward. He kept working hard in practice, including learning the outside receiver spot in the middle of the season. Now, he knows both inside and outside positions, making him a valuable commodity among the group.

“he played in the louisville game and he wasn’t getting very many reps and it’s hard for a young freshman to come in and play and then not get experience playing very much,” quarterback david blough said.

“this spring, he’s been given an opportunity to show himself.Blough said today, to see it pull together was awesome. He won all the 50-50 balls, coming down with nice one-handed catches and going up over the defender. That’s something we need in our offense.”

Last year’s mistakes, including miscues on special teams, led to catlett questioning himself. Even brohm said he probably put the young player in a difficult position early in his career.

“when he’s feeling confident, he can make plays,” brohm said. “we probably put him in there too early and he made some mistake on special teams. It hurt his confidence.

“he’s got to get it back. I think he’s got the playmaking ability in him, a good knack to catch the ball. To me, it’s all about believing in himself and feeling he can make plays every time he steps out there.”

Said bailey: “I always go back and forth with him in the locker room.Blough said I haven’t had a chance to get on one of his thrown balls in a while. It’s a hard play to make. He threw it out there and he’s got a really quick release and it’s hard to break a lot on his thrown balls.”

Bailey talked to the group. Safety navon mosley and cornerback tim cason added their own words. Brohm called out the defense that day for a lack of energy and focus.

“we were trying to be transparent with the guys and let them know … we lost all those players last year. They rode the coattails of some of those guys and they didn’t have to prepare,” bailey said. “now, it’s their turn, their number is being called on and they need to understand that.”

The fifth-year senior is a full participant in spring practice, running 11-on-11 drills with live tackling – minus hitting the quarterback, of course.Blough said blough’s goal was to return for spring practice and he’s fulfilled it.

“it’s been good for me mentally, emotionally, physically to get back out here and just be on the field and do everything with the team. It’s been really special,” blough said.

Add running back D.J. Knox (knee) and defensive end kai higgins (groin) to the growing list of injured players. Purdue has two healthy running backs – markell jones and alexander horvath – and two healthy tight ends – darius pittman and jess trussell – available for next week’s spring game. … Spencer evans and J.D. Dellinger combined to make 7 of 8 field goals from 30, 36, 45 and 50-yards. Evans had the only miss from 36 yards. … The first and second team offenses combined to convert 6 of 17 during the third-down drill.Spring practice the drill started at third-and-2 and increased two yards, ending at third-and-16.