WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell has named senior Rob Henry as the starting quarterback for the 2013 season on Sunday.
Henry has been competing throughout camp with redshirt freshman Austin Appleby and true freshman Danny Etling.
Coach Hazell had said since day one, that the quarterback with the best body of work throughout camp would be named the starter. Henry fulfilled those requirements for Hazell.
"Probably in the last week or so he was clearly in our minds the guy that was doing the things that we needed him to do to move the offense consistently," said Hazell. "You wanted it to all play out though and see exactly where it went and it did. Every single practice he was our guy. In how he approached it, and how he executed the offense. I think that is what probably makes the biggest difference."
To be honest with you, I am just excited about this year," said Henry. "I'm very fortunate to be in the situation that I am, and to be the starting quarterback at a place like Purdue. There is a lot of great tradition and with that comes a lot of responsibility. We are all excited and we are ready to get this thing kicked-off."
Henry now hopes to lead the Boilers to a win in week one at Cincinnati.
Henry has appeared in 22 career games with seven starts.
As a sophomore in 2010, Henry became the only player in school history to lead the Boilermakers in passing (996) and rushing (547) yardage in a season.
He was named a co-captain and the starter prior to the 2011 campaign, but tore his ACL a week prior to the opener against Middle Tennessee State and missed the entire year. He appeared in 11 of Purdue’s 13 games last season, completing 21 of 38 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 74 yards on 28 carries with one score.
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