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Rob Henry gets the starting nod at QB for Purdue


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.

Predictions 101 — Heart of Dallas Bowl


Purdue vs. Oklahoma State
Tues., Jan. 1 – Noon ET, ESPNU
Dallas – Cotton Bowl

The name of Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was mentioned here, there and everywhere for job openings. Turns out, he’s staying with the Cowboys. There’s still work to be done.

The Cowboys (7-5) were within a whisker of playing for a national championship in 2011. This season, it’s a New Year’s Day game, but one that is strictly off-Broadway.

Oklahoma State’s offense was dynamite as usual (who can forget the start: Oklahoma State 84, Savannah State 0), but had its defense simply held opponents to five touchdowns in each of the defeats, the Cowboys would be 10-2.

Not sure how Purdue will deal with such a volatile unit. The Cowboys are the nation’s seventh-best passing team and they also feature junior RB Joseph Randle (1,351 yards, 14 touchdowns).

The Boilermakers (6-6) still are making the transition to a new coach. Danny Hope (22-27 in four seasons) was fired, even after winning three straight games to achieve bowl eligibility. It could have been different. Purdue lost to Notre Dame 20-17 and fell against Ohio State in overtime.

Purdue has since hired Kent State’s Darrell Hazell, but his energy will be spent recruiting, not coaching this game. It would be heartwarming to see sixth-year Purdue QB Robert Marve, who began at Miami and suffered three ACL surgeries, to go out with a bang. But Marve can’t stop the Cowboys, either.

Opening point spread: Oklahoma State by 17 1/2

The pick: Oklahoma State 40, Purdue 30

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


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.

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Updated: Purdue QB Robert Marve has another torn ACL


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?