There are a ton of uncertainties for Purdue heading into the 2013 season. They have a new coach in Darrell Hazell, who has never coached in the Big Ten before, by far the most difficult schedule the first half of the season and up until today, a question mark at the quarterback position. But with the naming of senior QB Rob Henry as the starter, Hazell has solidified the most important position on the field.
Unlike Hazell, Henry has been at Purdue for what seems like forever. After starting 11 games at QB in 2010, Henry fell off the map. He tore his ACL before the 2011 season, where he once again would have started, then when he returned last year was the third string QB. Now, the position is once again his, as long as he can stay healthy.
Henry beat out two freshmen QBs in true freshman Danny Ettling and redshirted freshman Austin Appleby. Not only did Henry outplay his competition in the spring and over the past couple of weeks, which by all reports he did handily, but he also will bring a stability to the position that neither of the freshman could.
For a rookie coach like Hazell, having an experienced QB who has started a full season in the Big Ten already is huge. Henry isn’t expected to be one of the best QBs in the conference (or most efficient), but for a team that is not expected to win many games, he will be dependable and solid behind center.
Hazell realized that Henry brings the most talent and stability to the quarterback position for Purdue and that is why he was the easy choice to be their starter.
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