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Senior Rob Henry seems to have the best shot at the starting quarterback job, but the battle is still wide open.
Purdue is known as “The Cradle of Quarterbacks” because of the great quarterbacks it has produced in the past. From Bob Griese to Drew Brees, the Boilermakers have been consistent in bringing in and developing top-notch quarterbacks.
This has changed in recent years, though.
Former coach Danny Hope was notorious for switching quarterbacks—depending on the situation—over the past few years. Caleb TerBush, Robert Marve and Rob Henry all battled each other during the last part of Hope’s tenure, and none of them grabbed a tight grip on the position.
With Hazell in tow, it seems to be up to the players now to perform and buck this trend.
Senior Rob Henry, redshirt freshman Austin Appleby and true freshman Danny Etling are all battling for the starting position.
Appleby seemed to be on the outside looking in from the beginning, but Hazell still hasn’t made that distinction. Henry has gotten the most first-team snaps, but Appleby has been working with both the first and second teams, while Etling has been working primarily with the third team.
Henry seems to be leading the other two, but the battle is far from over.
And even when the preseason battle has come to an end, how much leeway will the starting quarterback have if he struggles?
This will be an interesting situation to keep an eye on throughout the season.