The Purdue football team gave out its end-of-spring awards today, a tradition of the program since 1997.
True freshman quarterback Danny Etling earned the Boilermakers' Newcomer Award after a strong spring that put him in the conversation for the starting spot in the fall. He will compete with fifth-year senior Rob Henry, along with third-string signal-caller Austin Appleby, for the job.
Offensive lineman Jordan Roos and defensive tackle Ryan Watson nabbed the team's Most Improved awards for the spring, and another pair in the trenches -- center Robert Kugler and defensive end Ryan Russell -- earned the "Pit Bull Award," which is given to the players who displayed the most consistent effort throughout the camp.
The coveted Hammer Award, given to the hardest hitter throughout the spring, went to defensive back Frankie Williams, who laid out plenty of players in the final two weeks of practice.