Purdue Spring Football: Do the Boilermakers Have a Quarterback Controversy?

James EvensCorrespondent IMarch 23, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Rob Henry #15 of the Purdue Boilermakers drops back to pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Last year, Purdue had a disappointing season that included numerous injuries, especially on the offensive end of the ball.

Purdue started three different quarterbacks throughout the season, including two different freshman, Rob Henry and Sean Robinson.

Completing the trio was junior transplant Robert Marve, who transferred in from Miami.

All of these players are healed up and ready for 2011, but it still is a question to see who will be the quarterback come fall.

The favorites for the spot are Robert Marve and Rob Henry. 

Henry emerged as a star last season for the Boilermakers, passing for 996 yards and rushing for 547 for a combined 11 touchdowns on the year.

Henry provided a spark on the ground and in the air. He was able to break large runs and showed signs of brilliance this season, but the question still remains if he can get the job done or not when it comes to winning.

Marve was a disappointment to a lot of Boilermaker fans last season—not because of his performance on the field or anything he could control, but because of a torn ACL.

Purdue fans are all too familiar with ACL injuries and just hated to see another one.

Before Marve went down, he compiled 512 yards and three touchdowns, completing over 67 percent of his passes on the year.

It is going to be a tough decision for Danny Hope as to who will be the quarterback come next fall.

Should he play the senior Marve or should he go with Henry, who has another three years left to grow and develop?

He should get a pretty good idea of where each guy stands after the spring game, which is to be played on April 9.


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