WEST LAFAYETTE – A new era of Purdue football will begin with a veteran under center.
On Sunday head coach Darrell Hazell named senior Rob Henry as the team’s starting quarterback for the opening game at Cincinnati on August 31st.
Henry beat out sophomore Austin Parker along with freshman Danny Eitling and Austin Appleby for the job.
The senior from Ocala, Fla. has started 22 games in seven seasons for the Boilermakers and appeared in 11 of 13 games last season. Henry was in a quarterback rotation with seniors Caleb TerBush and Robert Marve for most of the 2012 campaign, throwing for 216 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 74 yards and a score.
Henry’s most productive season was actually 2010 when he took over the quarterback duties for the injured Marve, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL. During that season Henry made Purdue history by leading the team in passing (996) and rushing (547), the first Boilermaker to be tops in both categories in a single season.
Those numbers were apart of Danny Hope’s decision to name Henry the starter to begin the 2011 season, but a torn ACL ended his season a week before the opener against Middle Tennessee State.