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.