Purdue Football: Can Rob Henry Lead the Boilermakers Back to Glory?

James EvensCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Rob Henry #15 of the Purdue Boilermakers runs with the ball 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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Drew Brees is a legend at Purdue University because he was able to lead the Boilermakers to three bowl games and a Rose Bowl berth, but will Rob Henry be the next member of the famed Cradle of Quarterbacks?

Rob Henry, who burst on the scene last season after two injuries to quarterbacks, may just be that guy.

Henry was 86-of-162 last season, passing for 996 yards and eight touchdowns.  He also ran for 547 yards and six touchdowns.

What perhaps sticks in the head of most Boilermaker fans is the heroic performance that he put on against the Northwestern Wildcats just a season ago.

It seemed to be one of the few bright spots for Purdue fans last season, but it was a very bright one.

The young Henry showed his ability to slash and dash as well as throw the ball en route to the 20-17 victory.

Henry seems to know how to win under pressure, but that will not be enough.

As great of a kid and quarterback that Henry is, he will not return the Boilermakers back to glory or anywhere near the top of the Big Ten, because the fact of the matter is, there is no support around him.

This coaching staff has not been good with making decisions in big games and has severely lacked in the recruiting war.

No, Henry will not be able to lead the Boilermakers to glory, but maybe to a bowl game.

But don't blame Henry.

Blame the lack of talent that is being placed on the squad—hopefully this season will be a little better, but by the looks of it, it could be another long season for the Boilermakers.

James Evens serves as a National Featured Columnist for college football and basketball, as well as the FC for the Purdue Boilermakers.  Follow him on Twitter or like him on Facebook.