The Purdue Boilermakers easily won their season opener 48-6 over Eastern Kentucky this past week despite the suspension of starting quarterback Caleb TerBush. the fifth-year senior threw for 1,905 yards and 13 touchdowns in 13 starts last year for Purdue, but he was suspended for Saturday's opener for a violation of team rules.
Robert Marve, who split time with TerBush last season, played well for Purdue against the Colonels, throwing for 295 yards and three touchdowns against one interception. It was not enough to take back the starting job that was once his, though coach Danny Hope expects both to play:
#Purdue coach Danny Hope: All three quarterbacks will be part of game plan each week.— GoldandBlack.com (@GoldandBlackcom) September 4, 2012
The third quarterback in that plan is junior Rob Henry, who started several games in 2010 before missing the 2011 season with a torn ACL. Henry was 7 for 9 on Saturday against Eastern Kentucky for 77 yards passing and a touchdown with an interception. he also rushed for 11 yards and had a fumble.
SB Nation's Hammer & Rails is not as optimistic, especially given the recent performance of Marve in the opener:
I don't think it is hyperbole in saying that Saturday is now the biggest game of Danny Hope's tenure at Purdue. Many fans are upset at this announcement. Many fans are upset with the QB juggling in general. Fans are still upset that the team came out against Notre Dame last season and rolled over in prime time at home against the Fighting Irish. Hope has now pushed his chips into the Caleb TerBush and QB rotation pot. If it works and Purdue pulls off an upset or even loses a close game he'll be proven right. If Purdue comes out and gets rolled yet again by a marquee opponent the fans may turn on him for good.