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Injury Woes Continue at Purdue

 

After a season plagued by injuries, Danny Hope was happy to report that his football team was extremely healthy at his Big Ten media conference nearly a moth ago. And then….it happened.

A little over a week away from Purdue’s opening game against Middle Tennessee State, sophomore Rob Henry, who was expected to take the field on Sept. 3 as the Boilers’ starting quarterback , tore his right ACL during a practice on Tuesday, reports say.

Henry had earned the starting role partly due to his substantial improvements throwing the football during Spring practice and Summer workouts and partly due to the sluggish recovery of Robert Marve, who suffered his own ACL tear in a game against Toledo last season.

 



With Henry most likely out for the season and Marve’s knee still in question, Hope may have to rely on junior Caleb TerBush or sophomore Sean Robinson to lead the Purdue offense next Saturday, both are relatively inexperienced in the role.

Last season, Robinson appeared in five games including a start against Wisconsin after Henry suffered a nasty laceration to his throwing hand against Ohio State. The true freshman struggled, completing 41 passes in 91 attempts for 301 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions.

Robinson was expected to be redshirted for the upcoming season, but now, that seems rather unlikely.

TerBush appeared in one game in 2009 against Wisconsin, completing four passes for 22 yards. Due to academic issues, TerBush was unable to participate on the Boilers squad last season.

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Even if Marve proves he is ready to take the snaps against Middle Tennessee State, it’s almost certain that the Purdue coaching staff will have both Robinson and TerBush prepared and ready to play.

Henry led the Boilers in all of the major offensive categories last season, rushing for 547 yards, gaining 996 yards through the air and scoring eight total touchdowns.

Henry is the fourth player on Purdue’s roster to tear an ACL in the past two seasons. Last season, running back Ralph Bolden and wide receiver Keith Smith joined Robert Marve on the sidelines with the devastating injury.

 

By: Dustin Schutte
BigTen-Fans.com Purdue Boilermakers Correspondent

 

 

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