Purdue QB David Blough gives tour of football facility
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Purdue QB David Blough gives tour of football facility

September 5, 2019


BIG TEN WEST LAST SEASON. THE BOILERMAKERS BOSS WON SEVEN GAMES DURING YEAR ONE. A LOT OF CREDIT TO GO AROUND, INCLUDING FOR THE TEAM’S NEW FACILITIES… OUR MEGHAN MCKEOWN CAUGHT UP WITH SENIOR Q-B DAVID BLOUGH FOR A TOUR TO CHECK OUT THE CRIB. MEGHAN MCKEOWN: ((“INSIDE PURDUE’S BRAND NEW FOOTBALL FACILITY, 65 MILLION DOLLARS SPENT ON THIS, THIS IS INCREDIBLE. QUARTERBACK DAVID BLOUGH JOINING ME HE’S GONNA GIVE US A TOUR”)) DAVID BLOUGH: ((“YEAH A LITTLE BIT OF A TOUR, KIND OF OUR DIGS NOW, GET TO SEE WHERE WE HANG OUT.”)) DAVID: ((“THROUGH THESE DOORS, WE HAVE TEAM MEETING ROOMS, POSITION MEETING ROOMS, IT’S INCREDIBLE. THIS IS WHERE THE QUARTERBACKS COME TO MEET”)) MEGHAN: ((“I HOPE THOSE SEATS AREN’T TOO COMFORTABLE BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE YOU COULD MAYBE TAKE A NAP IN THEM.”))’ DAVID: ((“I THINK YOU PROBABLY COULD”)) MEGHAN: ((“BIG TIME BEING ON THE WALL OVER THERE”)) DAVID: ((“YEAH I DON’T KNOW WHO MADE THAT DECISION BUT I’M NOT MAD AT THEM. IT IS A LITTLE WEIRD WALKING IN AND SEEING MY- “)) MEGHAN: ((“IT’S YOUR ROOM”)) DAVID: ((“IT’S OUR ROOM”)) MEGHAN: ((“THERE YOU GO, GOOD ANSWER”)) DAVID: ((“RIGHT ACROSS THE HALL IS THE BIG TEAM MEETING ROOM THAT SEATS ABOUT 150 STAFF, PLAYERS, KINDA LOOKS LIKE A MOVIE THEATER”)) MEGHAN: ((“NOW YOU’RE DEFINITELY NAPPING IN THESE SEATS”)) DAVID: ((“SENIORS SIT UP FRONT, AND THEY WORK ALL THE BACK, SO THE FRESHMEN SIT IN THE BACK MEGHAN: ((“WHAT WAS THE BEST WIN FROM LAST SEASON?”)) DAVID: ((“OH MAN. EVEN THOUGH I DIDN’T REALLY GET TO BE A PART OF IT ON THE FIELD, US GETTING THE BUCKET BACK, BEATING INDIANA FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A FEW YEARS, EASILY THE BEST WIN FOR PURDUE FOOTBALL”)) MEGHAN: ((“NOW BEING FROM TEXAS, HOW QUICK DID IT TAKE FOR YOU TO LEARN THE RIVALRY BETWEEN PURDUE AND IU?”)) DAVID: ((“I GREW UP WITH OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS, SO WHEN I CAME UP HERE, THERE’S PEOPLE THAT TAKE THIS RIVALRY EXACTLY THE SAME. SO BEING ABLE TO BE A PART OF IT THE LAST 3 YEARS HAS BEEN REALLY SPECIAL”)) DAVID: ((“PLAYER’S LOUNGE, YOU CAN HANG OUT, PLAY SOME PING PONG, PLAY A LITTLE POP-A-SHOT, POOL TABLE. PEOPLE CROWD AROUND, AND TALKING TRASH TALKING SMACK AND THAT’S REALLY WHAT KINDA DRAWS THE CROWD IN THIS ROOM”)) MEGHAN: ((“SO WHAT ARE YOU BEST AT HERE?”)) DAVID: ((“I’M A PING PONG GUY”)) DAVID: ((“THERE YOU GO! OK, ALRIGHT”)) MEGHAN: ((“WE HAD A LITTLE RALLY”)) DAVID: ((“YOU GUYS HAVEN’T EVEN SEEN MY FAVORITE PART OF THIS ROOM, IT’S KINDA LIKE OUR LITTLE SECRET, SECRET HIDDEN ROOM IN HERE”)) MEGHAN: ((“OH MY, IT’S A MOVIE THEATER.”)) DAVID: ((“IT’S A MOVIE THEATER. KICK BACK IN ONE OF THESE RECLINERS”)) MEGHAN: ((“OH WOW THAT’S- I COULD GET USED TO THIS. DO YOU GUYS NEED A TEAM MANAGER? NEED LIKE A WATER GIRL? I’M YOUR GIRL”)) DAVID: ((“I’M SURE WE COULD BE IN THE BUSINESS FOR ONE.”)) DAVID: ((“THIS IS OUR LOCKER ROOM”)) MEGHAN: ((“IT’S MASSIVE”)) DAVID: ((“IT’S MASSIVE, I DONT THINK THERE’S A BIGGER ONE IN THE COUNTRY. THINK WE BUILT IT JUST BIGGER THAN MINNESOTA’S.”)) MEGHAN: ((“HAD TO MAKE SURE IT WAS JUST BIGGER”)) DAVID: ((“HAD TO MAKE SURE, BUT EVERY LOCKER IS PERSONALIZED, SAYS WHERE YOU’RE FROM, WHAT POSITION YOU PLAY, AND WHAT NUMBER YOU WEAR FOR THE MINNESOTA’S.”)) MEGHAN: ((“HAD TO MAKE SURE IT WAS JUST BIGGER”)) DAVID: ((“HAD TO MAKE SURE, BUT EVERY LOCKER IS PERSONALIZED, SAYS WHERE YOU’RE FROM, WHAT POSITION YOU PLAY, AND WHAT NUMBER YOU WEAR FOR THE BOILERMAKERS. EACH LOCKER HERE IS DECKED OUT WITH YOUR OWN PERSONAL SAFE, PLACES FOR YOUR SHOES, A PLACE TO PUT YOUR SHIRT, YOUR SHIRTS AND TOWELS AND THINGS LIKE THAT”)) DAVID: ((“EACH LOCKER IS DECKED OUT WITH IT’S OWN PERSONAL VENTILATION SYSTEM, SO THAT’S WHY THERE’S NO ODOR IN HERE”)) MEGHAN: ((“I WAS GONNA SAY IT DOES NOT SMELL IN HERE, WHICH WAS A VERY PLEASANT SURPRISE WHEN WE WALKED IN”)) MEGHAN: ((“YOU’VE PLAYED IN A COUPLE NFL STADIUMS AT THIS POINT, HOW DOES THIS FACILITY COMPARE TO WHAT YOU’VE EXPERIENCED.”)) DAVID: ((“I HATE TO KINDA RAG ON SOME OF THE NFL STADIUMS, AND PLACES THAT WE’VE BEEN, BUT THIS IS SECOND TO NONE. I MEAN, FROM THE EQUIPMENT ROOM, TO THE TRAINING ROOM, TO THE WEIGHT ROOM, TO THE LOCKER ROOM, IT’S LIKE WOW. I’VE NEVER SEEN A LOCKER ROOM BIGGER, NICER, MORE WELL KEPT THAN WHAT WE HAVE”)) MEGHAN: ((“HOW DOES A FACILITY LIKE THIS HELP YOU BE A BETTER ATHLETE?”)) DAVID: ((“YEAH THE MAIN FOCUS OF THIS BUILDING IS TO KEEP US ALL CENTRALIZED. IN THE OLD BUILDING, WE’D GO FROM THE LOCKER ROOM, TO STUDY HALL, TO THE DINING COURT, TO THE WEIGHT ROOM, THEY’RE ALL IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. THEY THOUGHT WE LOST ABOUT 45 MINUTES A DAY JUST WALKING FROM BUILDING TO BUILDING AS AN ATHLETE. SO THAT’S WHY THE LOCKER ROOM BEING CONNECTED TO THE TRAINING ROOM BEING CONNECTED TO THE WEIGHT ROOM, AND TO THE FIELD IS LIKE, IT’S PERFECT”)) MEGHAN: ((“SAVING 45 MINUTES WHAT DO YOU DO NOW? YOU HAVE SO MUCH TIME”)) DAVID: ((“PROBABLY PLAY SOME VIDEO GAMES AND WATCH SOME EXTRA FILM, THAT’S WHAT I SHOULD SAY”)) MEGHAN: ((“THAT’S WHAT YOU SHOULD SAY. HE’S PLAYING PING PONG PROBABLY”)) DAVID: ((“A NUTRITION STATION, WE HAVE 2 CERTIFIED SPORTS DIETITIANS THAT TAKE CARE OF US. CREATE MEAL PLANS, WHETHER WE’RE WEIGHT GAIN, WEIGHT LOSS, MAINTAIN. THEY DO A GREAT JOB OUTFITTING US WITH DIFFERENT THINGS FOR WHAT WE NEED”)) DAVID: ((“YOU’RE COMMITTED TO BEING A TOP TIER ATHLETE, THIS PLACE HAS EVERYTHING YOU ASK FOR”)) MEGHAN: ((“SO WHICH MACHINE IS YOUR FAVORITE, AND WHICH ONE IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?”)) DAVID: ((“MY LEAST FAVORITE, I’LL SHOW YOU. IT’S JUST A, LIKE A KAISER RUNNING MACHINE. IT GETS YOU IN A RUNNING POSITION, AND THEN YOU DO DIFFERENT EXERCISES LIKE THAT. AND AFTER 10 SECONDS, YOU’RE IN TROUBLE”)) MEGHAN: ((“YOU’RE ALREADY OUT OF BREATH AND IT WAS LIKE 2 SECONDS”)) DAVID: ((“I KNOW. THEY’VE GOT ALL KINDS OF INCREDIBLE MACHINES ALL THROUGHOUT HERE. DUMBELLS THAT GO UP TO 200 POUNDS, CARDIO MACHINES. MY FAVORITE’S ACTUALLY PROBABLY THE STAIRMASTER. SOMETHING COOL WE HAVE 24 FULL SERVICABLE RACKS THAT WORK BOTH SIDES. EVERYTHING AN ATHLETE NEEDS IN A WORKOUT COULD ACTUALLY BE AT THIS RACK. ALL THE WORKOUTS ARE POSTED HERE AND ALL OF OUR WEIGHTS ARE POSTED THERE. BUT SOMETHING COOL IS YOU CAN COME IN, TYPE IN YOUR NAME, SO TODAY HE’S GOT STRAIGHT BAR, BACK SQUAT FOR 6 SETS OF 2. AND SO HE CAN START HIS WORKOUT, PUT THE BAR ON HIS BACK AND THERE’S A CAMERA HERE THAT ACTUALLY IS RECORDING HOW FAST THE BAR MOVES. IT GIVES ALL THE FEEDBACK TO THE WEIGHT ROOM COACHES SO THEY KNOW IF SOMEBODY’S BEEN EXPLOSIVE ONE WEEK, AND THEY GO UP IN WEIGHT AND THEY CAN KEEP THAT SAME EXPLOSION OR IF THEY NEED TO GO DOWN SO THEY CAN TRACK THE IMPROVEMENT. IT REALLY IS STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY. MEGHAN: ((“DO YOU FEEL LIKE HAVING THIS TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY HAS MADE YOU AN EVEN BETTER ATHLETE?”)) DAVID: ((“OH FOR SURE. AND THAT’S WHAT PURDUE FOOTBALL IS ALL ABOUT NOW. THERE’S NO GIMMICKS HERE, THEY’RE GONNA TREAT US LIKE PROS, AND THEY’RE GONNA PUT US IN THE BEST POSITION TO SUCCEED ON SATURDAYS”)) MEGHAN: ((“ALRIGHT WE’VE NOW SEEN THE BRAND NEW, BEAUTIFUL FACILITY HERE IN WEST LAFAYETTE. CAN FANS EXPECT A LOT THIS SEASON?”)) DAVID: ((“YEAH, I THINK WITH ALL THE RESOURCES WE HAVE, THE STUDENT ATHLETES, WHAT PURDUE’S PROVIDED FOR US, I THINK BOILERMAKER FANS SHOULD BE THRILLED ABOUT WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR PURDUE FOOTBALL. I’M GLAD YOU GUYS LIKED WHAT YOU SAW, AND CAN EXPECT BIG THINGS FROM PURDUE FOOTBALL MOVING FORWARD”)) MEGHAN: ((“ALRIGHT THANKS FOR YOUR TIME. THANK YOU FOR THE TOUR, GREAT TOUR GUIDE.”)) DAVID: ((“THANKS FOR HAVING ME, THANKS FOR BEING A PART OF THIS, BOILER UP”)) THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 NORTHWESTERN AT PURDUE 8:00 PM KICKOFF TWO INDYCAR RACES TO GO. AND TWO

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