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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 27, ISSUE 5 19 the end of the spring, Robinson seemed more comfortable at the 3-technique tackle — lining up between the guard and tackle — than he did on Day 1. It was the kind of progress he hoped he'd make in the first week. "Coming from defensive end, I feel like I have a little bit more speed, which helps out, but at the same time, my pass rush and my style is a little bit different, so I'm just learning how to rush from the inside, which is valuable," Robinson said during the spring. "It's a little bit more physical, so it takes a lot more movement and hand fighting rather than just coming off the edge and getting rid of them. You really can only go one way, where they're supposed to go, or some- body is either going to be running into the back of you or you're going to be hitting another O-lineman." Other position switches this spring: Andy Chelf to line- backer from safety; Dezwan Polk-Campbell to safety from linebacker; Jack Wegher to running back from receiver; and Rob Simmons to linebacker from end. Phillips also ended the spring working on the outside instead of the slot, and sophomore Jared Sparks got snaps at receiver in the final two weeks while still working at quarterback. Few lingering injuries Though Purdue's injury list seemed to mount by the final spring practice, only two of the injuries suffered during the spring should linger into the fall, Brohm said. Defensive end Chazmyn Turner, who'd risen up the depth chart and was working with the first-team unit in the middle of the spring, tore the ACL in his right knee and is out for the season. Defensive back Brandon Shuman, a redshirt fresh- man, also suffered a season-ending knee injury. But the rest of the group that included potential starting defensive end Austin Larkin (foot, missed all but first prac- tice), Jones (back), and potential backup safeties C.J. Park- er (illness) and Jacob Thieneman (collarbone), among the estimated 24 to miss at least one practice because of injury, should be able to participate in offseason conditioning. So should McCann, corner Josh Hayes and running back David Yancey, who missed the entire spring. Neal had surgery in December with an estimated recovery time of 5-6 weeks, so he could return by June. There was a major non-football injury this spring, too. On the morning after the spring game, Chelf was shot in the stomach in an incident off campus. Few details were avail- able as of late April. Chelf's status for the offseason program and a football future, in general, are uncertain, though he did return to class about a week after the incident. j Next show, Friday, Sept. 1 Special guests, analysis and more 2 P.M. FRIDAYS Gold and Black LIVE featuring the staff of GoldandBlack.com Interactive live video-stream sports talk show — ask questions, chat with other fans For archived shows check the sportsdrop down on WLFI.com Trent Johnson, Agent

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