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By Steven Lassan, 6 months 3 weeks ago
After a 1-4 start, new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell is making a few changes to his lineup.
Quarterback Rob Henry has been benched in favor of true freshman Danny Etling, and the Boilermakers will have two weeks to prepare their new starter with a bye this Saturday.
Henry was off to a slow start in 2013, completing only 53.6 percent of his throws and throwing six interceptions to just four touchdowns.
Etling hasn’t been much better in limited action, completing 19 of 39 passes for 241 yards and two scores and two interceptions.
With Purdue’s offense struggling, this move makes a lot of sense. Etling is inexperienced, but Hazell and his staff need to know if he can be their quarterback of the future. And with a bye week to prepare, this is the right time to make a change.
Henry won’t be sitting on the bench for long, as the senior moved to safety in practice on Wednesday.
By Steven Lassan, 8 months 1 week ago
Rob Henry went into Purdue’s fall practice with a slight edge to start the season opener, and the senior was able to maintain his edge over freshmen Austin Appleby and Danny Etling.
On Sunday night, first-year Purdue coach Darrell Hazell named Henry as the Boilermakers’ starting quarterback for the season opener against Cincinnati.
Henry has experienced an interesting career during his time in West Lafayette. After a redshirt year in 2009, Henry made seven starts in 2010 and led Purdue in passing and rushing yards. However, he missed 2011 with a knee injury and was a backup to Caleb TerBush and Robert Marve last year.
Now that he is two years removed from an ACL tear, Henry should have more mobility and his game experience will help Purdue navigate a tough schedule.
Appleby and Etling are talented, and both passers could play this year, especially as Hazell and his coaching staff looks for one player to take a step forward and gain an early edge in the starting spot for 2013.