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Torn ACL and all, Marve to get the start for Purdue

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This is how bad it’s gotten for Purdue at the quarterback position: the Boilermakers are willingly opting for a player with a significant knee issue over a healthy one.

With Caleb TerBush struggling — eight interceptions, completing just 58 percent of his passes — and Purdue riding a four-game losing streak, head coach Danny Hope announced that sixth-year senior Robert Marve will get the start against Penn State Saturday.

Marve started the season opener thanks to a TerBush suspension, but suffered a torn ACL — the third of his career — the following weekend.  Hope had hinted earlier this month that Marve could return this season, and that came to fruition with back-to-back appearances against Michigan and Wisconsin.

TerBush was then pulled during the third quarter of the most recent loss to Minnesota in favor of Marve, who responded with two touchdown passes.  That was enough for Hope to pull the trigger on a change to his starter.

“Robert got a chance to play (Saturday), and he played very well,” the coach said.

Danny Hope says there’s ‘a chance’ QB Marve could play this week

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You’d think after his third ACL tear that Purdue quarterback Robert Marve would have to finally hang up the cleats for good.

Not so.

Despite suffering another ligament tear earlier this season, Boilermakers coach Danny Hope sounded optimistic that the injury was less severe and that Marve, a sixth-year senior, could return later this year.

“We have our fingers crossed it’s not as serious as it has been in the past and he can still come back and play this season,” Hope said.

That may come to fruition after all. On his weekly teleconference, Hope said there is a chance that Marve could play this week against Michigan.

“There’s a chance that Robert could play this week. He hasn’t had many practice reps since he had his latest (knee) injury. It was about three weeks ago, he has been able to pitch and catch a little bit in practice, but he hasn’t had many team reps.

“I think that he feels good enough now, physically, to be in position to contribute throughout the course of the ballgame.”

If Marve is able to come back, there’s not much else to say but “wow.” Luck has not been Marve’s side when it comes to injuries and ACL tears are almost always season-ending. The fact that Marve would come back at all, let alone this soon, is remarkable.

Marve started the Boilermakers’ season opener against Eastern Kentucky, but split time with Caleb TerBush.

(Hat tip: mlive.com)

Updated: Purdue QB Robert Marve has another torn ACL

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Some players just don’t have any luck. One of them is Purdue quarterback Robert Marve.

Already on the receiving end of two ACL tears, Marve has once again injured that same ligament in his left knee, Boilermakers coach Danny Hope said during his radio show Monday.

“We have our fingers crossed it’s not as serious as it has been in the past and he can still come back and play this season,” Hope said.

The full details of the injury weren’t revealed, so there’s no real timetable for his return. Hope added that he hoped the injury was not as significant as the ones Marve sustained previously. Keep in mind that Marve is currently in his sixth year of college football because of a waiver granted by the NCAA.

Marve missed one season at Miami due to injury, and then missed all but four games during his first season at Purdue in 2010 — he sat out the 2009 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules — because of a torn ACL. That injury carried over into a pair of missed games at the beginning of the 2011 season.

Marve started the Boilermakers’ season opener against Eastern Kentucky, but split time with Caleb TerBush in last Saturday’s loss to Notre Dame.

Updated 9/11 @ 12:46 p.m. ET: Via Mike Carmin of the Lafayette Journal and Courier, Hope said that Marve does in fact have a torn ACL. However, the injury does not sound like it’s season-ending, as Marve will have the option to return later in the year. In the meantime, Austin Parker will likely be the Boilermakers’ No. 3 quarterback behind TerBush and Rob Henry.

Seventh year, anyone?

TerBush to get start at QB for Purdue vs. Irish

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Abruptly suspended shortly before the season opener Saturday, Purdue will have its starting quarterback back under center for its annual nonconference rivalry game this weekend.

Head coach Danny Hope announced during his radio show Monday that Caleb TerBush will start at quarterback for the Boilermakers when they take the field against Notre Dame Saturday.  Roughly and hour before what turned out to be a 42-point win over Eastern Kentucky, Purdue announced that TerBush had been suspended for what was described as a violation of unspecified team rules.

Sixth-year senior Robert Marve started in place of TerBush, and responded with a career-high 295 passing yards and tying a career high with three touchdown passes.

Last season, TerBush started all 13 games for the Boilermakers.

Purdue abruptly suspends starting QB

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Well, that’s no way to start a season.

An hour prior to kicking off the 2012 season against Eastern Kentucky, Purdue announced that starting quarterback Caleb TerBush has been suspended for the opener for violating unspecified team rules.  The suspension is for one game.

In TerBush’s place, sixth-year senior Robert Marve will start, with Rob Henry serving as the No. 2 QB.

Last season, TerBush started all 13 games for the Boilermakers.

The decision to suspend TerBush comes a handful of days after a starter on the other side of the ball was dismissed.  Linebacker Dwayne Beckford was booted from the team on Wednesday, two days after he was indefinitely suspended following yet another arrest.