WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Purdue football team has a new starting quarterback.
Head Coach Darrell Hazell pulled the plug on senior Rob Henry during Saturday's game against Northern Illinois. Terre Haute native Danny Etling finished the game. He threw for 241 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Coach Hazell announced Wednesday that Etling will be the team's starting quarterback. Henry will switch to the defensive side of the ball and will play in the secondary.
News 18 caught up with students on campus who said they're satisfied with the move. They said they're ready for the team to move forward.
"I think it's going to be a good move, putting Danny in, giving him experience. We're trying to rebuild the program, turn it around and I think that's great start. Rob, I feel like he's going to accept that as a team player," said Jake Kent, a former football player.
"He's new, so he might bring something different to the team that we haven't seen before," said Katie O'Connor.
News 18 also spoke to students about B.J. Knauf and Jordan Woods. The two freshmen wide receivers face a preliminary charge of theft after being stopped at a department store for shoplifting Monday. Lafayette police said Knauf and Woods attempted to steal two $20 tie clips from Kohl's at the Tippecanoe Mall. Hazell announced Wednesday that Knauf will be suspended for two games and Woods will be suspended indefinitely.
"Hazell's supposedly more strict and tight on that kind of thing, so he had to crack down. I think it's a good move," said Evan Schoeff.
"They're supposed to be a role model, I guess. A lot of people look up to them, you know, with Purdue and we root for them while they're playing. It's like, okay, now they're stealing, so are we supposed to be rooting for people who steal?" said Briena Davis.
According to the online database, formal charges have not been filed against Knauf and Woods.
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