August 12, 2007

Whitest stepping up; Day 7 notebook

Of all those on Purdue's football team, few have drawn the type of praise for their off-season work as has wide receiver Joe Whitest.

The junior wide receiver has been singled out by strength coach Jim Lathrop and quarterback Curtis Painter in recent weeks as having enjoyed a particularly productive off-season.

That work's translated into a strong start to camp, and by the sound of things, a virtually guaranteed place on the field this fall.

"He's going to be in the playing rotation; there's no question about that," Coach Joe Tiller said. "Joe's a much different player today than he was last year at this time.

"He's much more physical, and he also knows the offense so much better than he did back then. I think his improved knowledge and his improved ability to physically compete is really helping him."

Whitest, who played at 190 pounds last season before a stress fracture in his foot prematurely ended his debut campaign, checked in to camp at a rock-solid 200.

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