August 6, 2007

Day 1 notebook

Purdue opened Training Camp 2007 Monday morning, with returning veterans practicing first, followed closely by the team's newcomers.

Below are some notes from the double session.

Crank gets a quick change

Though recruited primarily as a fullback, with linebacker in mind as a secondary option, freshman Jared Crank began his Purdue career on defense Monday, even after being listed at fullback on the team's start-of-camp roster.

"We need more help at linebacker," Tiller said, "so we're going to take a look at him first at linebacker and see how it goes, then make a decision after that."

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Texan enters a position where depth is sorely needed, as are options for the future.

He joins DeVarro Greaves and Tyler Haston as scholarship freshmen at the position.

Tiller, though, admitted that the move is a try-out at the position, and a move back to offense isn't out of the question.

"I don't know," he said. "He might be (at linebacker) permanently. I hope he is."

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