Ranked #111 overall as a QB in 2009
Purdue fans were excited for what their team had in store for 2010, mainly because of transfer quarterback Robert Marve, a former highly thought of recruit. However, Marve tore his ACL early in the season, and freshman Rob Henry stepped in.
At a university known for prolific passers like Drew Brees and Curtis Painter, Henry provided an interesting alternative, running like he was a bruising running back. Henry proved himself not only to be a reliable backup but also a legitimate starter in the Big Ten.
Things couldn't have gone better for Henry early on. Despite an ugly loss to Toledo, he led the Boilermakers to a 2-0 conference start, driving the team down the field for a close win against Northwestern and accounting for four touchdowns against Minnesota.
However, that's when Henry's tough running eventually caught up to him. In his third conference start, Henry's right index finger was injured and he proceeded to only carry the ball twice against Illinois the next week before staying out of the next game against Wisconsin. After limited playing time, Henry came back at near full strength in the final two weeks.
It was apparent he was a large part of Purdue's early success. While Purdue ended the game on a six game losing streak, they came extremely close to closing the season on a two-game winning streak and a 7-5 season. If not for a defensive collapse, Henry would've led a shocking upset at Michigan State (the Purdue defense gave up two touchdowns in the final eight minutes) and it took overtime for Indiana to overcome the Boilermakers despite a three touchdown performance from Henry.
While Robert Marve will start next season, Henry will be back on the field by his junior season, in which he should be a much more polished passer, and potentially the next #15 to lead Purdue to the Rose Bowl.