Finally, our long national nightmare is over as Purdue has settled on its player under center heading into the 2013 season.
Sunday evening, and a day after Saturday’s jersey scrimmage, head coach Darrell Hazell announced that Rob Henry has been named as the Boilermakers’ starting quarterback. Henry won the job following a competition with a pair of freshmen, Danny Etling and Austin Appleby.
Henry had been given the majority of reps with the first-team offense the past couple of weeks, so his re-ascension to the starting job is not exactly a surprise.
The naming of Henry as the starter is actually one of those feel-good comeback stories.
In 2010, and in place of an injured Robert Marve, Henry started seven of the 11 games in which he played. Expected to open the season as the starter the following season as Marve continued to recover from his ACL issues, Henry tore his ACL a week before the season opener and missed all of 2011. He returned in 2012 and appeared in 11 games, completing 21 of 38 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns.