Purdue returned from a week off for spring break and had its sixth practice.
The Boilermakers were inside Mollenkopf, good considering a heavy thunderstorm — that included some hail — at the time practice began.
What stood out:
• Sophomore receiver Terrance Landers, who’d been working with the first-team unit, was not at Monday’s practice. Coach Jeff Brohm said he’s not sure when Landers will be back.
“There’s some things in the classroom we’ve got to get cleaned up, and we hope to get him out here as soon as we can,” Brohm said of Landers, who was practicing with the team before spring break before apparently injuring a hamstring that kept him out of the scrimmage March 8.
• A couple minor position moves after the week-long break: Andy Chelf was working with the linebackers, instead of at safety; Dezwan Polk-Campbell was with the safeties instead of linebackers; and Simeon Smiley got some reps at safety, as well as his normal cornerback/nickel spot.
• The injury list isn’t shrinking much. Defensive end Austin Larkin, who was a projected starting entering the spring, still is out with a foot sprain. He practiced on the first day and has missed every practice since. Initially, Brohm said he thought Larkin would only be out a practice or two, but it’s been nearly three weeks now.
“It’s a little worse than we thought, and he’s a very good player for us and as much as we’d love to have him out here, he’s going to be a playmaker for us, so you have to make sure the thing heals up before we get him back out here,” Brohm said.