WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - - Purdue Head Football Coach Darrell Hazell named true freshman Danny Etling the starting quarterback moving forward. Hazell benched Rob Henry in favor of Etling late in the second quarter against Northern Illinois.
"I just thought that he gave us a boost and he will give us a boost and he is going to be a good player for us," Hazell said.
Hazell went on to praise Henry for the unselfishness he exhibited in handling the news of his replacement.
"We talked yesterday and one of the things that he [Henry] said was whatever I can do to help the football team I'll do. So I love him for that."
As for the unsuspecting, freshman quarterback, Etling, Hazell said he didn't say much.
"I found out yesterday right before we had workouts and our meetings," Etling said. "Coach Hazell just called me in at about 1:30 and said that they were going with me this week, and just to work hard and keep working hard as I continue to do."
Henry took reps with the defense Wednesday. Sporting the No. 22 white jersey, Henry participated in drills with the secondary, a position group that's seen its share of injuries this season.
The Boilermakers are in the midst of a bye week, and are back in action Oct. 12 at home against Nebraska.
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