This past weekend was fall break, not just for high schools, but many colleges as well. It gave an opportunity for a few former Tri-State area stars to come back home, and an opportunity for us to catch up with one of the best and brightest.
"It feels good to be back here," says Purdue freshman running back Devin Mockobee, "especially after such a long time. It's been several months."
The last time we saw Devin Mockobee, he was donning the black and gold of Boonville, one last time, representing the Pioneers in the Indiana High School Boys State Track Meet. Since then he's traded that in for the black and gold of the Boilermakers of Purdue, a team that is becoming a factor once again in the Big Ten.
"We're 3-and-2, only with losses to Minnesota and Notre Dame," says Mockobeer. "Things are definitiely looking up. We keep getting better each week, and that's evident in practice throughout the week., So, definitely looking up for real."
Now while only a freshman, hopes were that Mockobee would be flashing the style that made him the scourge of the Southren Indiana gridirons. However, injuries in the dawn of his career in West Lafayette put him behind the eight ball on the depth chart for now. Still, like the star he was at Boonville, Devin's taking it all in stride.
"Missing those crucial weeks, especially during training camp did hold me back a little bit," says Mockobee. "But now that I'm back at 100 percent, I'm practicing at full speed and to be able to display my talent and what I'm able to do. So, we'll see where it goes from here."
It's a big step up, going from high school to college, and that's just on the field. Mockobee says the classroom is another place where he's adjusting to the speed the game.
"The school work is definitely tough," says Mockobee, "time consuming, especially with football, but it's really good so far. And football is also going really well."
As for returning to Boonville, Mockobee got to see his old alma mater rack up their second straight victory. a 54-0 whitewash of Washington Friday night, with a pair of his replacements doing fairly competent impersonations of him. However, it was only a brief break before a quick return to West Lafayette and the grind of his first college football season.
"I only get to come for one day, though, for senior night," says Mockobee. "Because we're on fall break for Purdue. But it's really not too bad."