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Starting Purdue QB Henry tears ACL

Posted on: August 24, 2011 5:15 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 5:45 pm
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Posted by Adam Jacobi

No program in the Big Ten has been hampered worse by ACL injuries over the last couple seasons than Purdue, so it stands to reason that head coach Danny Hope would be hoping to have a normal, healthy set of practices before the season this year.

Clearly, whatever cruel football deity is taking residence in West Lafayette has other ideas.

Purdue announced Wednesday that starting quarterback and co-captain Rob Henry tore his right ACL in a non-contact injury during Tuesday's practice. The extent of Henry's injury isn't yet known, but a torn ACL should be enough to end Henry's season before it starts; the real question is how quickly in the offseason he can get back to work.

“Rob Henry is a huge part of our football program, our heart goes out to him,” Hope said in a statement. “He was voted a captain by the team in the spring, and I know he will continue to inspire and push Robert (Marve), Caleb (TerBush), Sean (Robinson) and all of his teammates forward.” Marve, TerBush, and Robinson are all fellow quarterbacks.

The specter of ACL injuries haunts the Boilermakers' quarterback situation even past Henry's injury, though. One of the injured players last season was Marve, who began the season starting at QB before his knee gave way against Toledo early in the year. So while Marve would ostensibly be the new starter in Henry's stead, he's still dealing with soreness in his own surgically repaired knee, and told reporters yesterday he's trying to get his knee ready for conference play -- which, for Purdue, starts October 1.

That's not good news for a Purdue team that needs a quarterback a little sooner than that, so TerBush -- who missed last season to academics but is eligible and ready to roll this season -- is probably first in line for Week 1. Past TerBush, Robinson played in emergency duty as a true freshman last year, and he was planning to redshirt this season as the presumptive fourth-string QB. That plan, clearly, might need to be revised yet again.

The Boilermakers also still have Justin Siller, a senior wide receiver who was a converted quarterback, and who made one start against Michigan last season before (yikes) being lost for the rest of the season with a foot injury on the first play from scrimmage. At this point, Siller's not part of the QB conversation, but there's no telling whether the Boilermakers might need him or not again.

It's, to say the least, too bad that these injuries continue to plague Purdue. The team showed a great deal of competitiveness last season, even with backups (and their backups) all over the place on offense. With any luck, the injury spree will stop here, and the Boilers can get something approximating their best eleven on the field this season.
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Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Starting Purdue QB Henry tears ACL

So they lose their fastest offensive player and that is bad.  But Purdue must pass and pass well to compete so I was expecting Henry to move to running back or wildcat and Terbush or eventually Marve would be the quarterback.  So while any lose is devastating to a team without depth, this isn't as bad as losing Marve last season with no backup



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:19 am
 

Starting Purdue QB Henry tears ACL

So do they lose week 1 to MTSU?



Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 8:55 am
 

Starting Purdue QB Henry tears ACL

Unbelievable.  A non-contact injury?  At what point do you stop chalking all the injuries up to bad luck and start questioning the conditioning?  Now we hope and pray nothing happens to Marve
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Most ACL tears are non-contact injuries....



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 8:41 am
 

Again?!?

What is it about the West Lafayette area?  Is Purdue's campus built on an Indian burial mound?  I have never even heard of any other college that has had two quarterbacks, a wide receiver and members of it's mens and women's basketball teams suffer torn ACLs within a three year period.  

This is a kick in the groin to a team that was predicted to struggle regardless.  On top of this latest bombshell, Robert Marve is still hobbling.  Purdue fans thought they had scored a coup when they landed a highly touted transfer from the University of Miami (Fla.).  Then he blew out his knee and now he is iffy for conference play in October.  

Maybe things are not as bad as they seem.  Maybe Ter Bush will really be a breakout player and surprise a lot of people (and opponents).  That is, if he can stay healthy.  On this team, on this campus, that is no sure thing. 



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 7:15 am
 

Starting Purdue QB Henry tears ACL

This is a shame and we wish him a speedy recovery.



Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:26 pm
 

Starting Purdue QB Henry tears ACL

and robbie hummel on their basketball team too...



Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:08 pm
 

Starting Purdue QB Henry tears ACL

man how many injuries can this team get, that sucks for them and this kid. i hope he recovers enough to play footbal again.



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Starting Purdue QB Henry tears ACL

Well let's not start assigning "blame" here.  Stuff happens.  People may start to blame "conditioning" or even Coach Hope, like BHO blaming Bush for the first two years of his presidency and some still do.  As far as the season, we are now resorting to hope (no pun intended) and prayers, that Ter Bush and /or Sean Robinson can deliver the goods. (BTW, did OJ Ross return to camp?).  Why doesn't this stuff happen to the cheaters and liars out there, rather than the truly good kids? (I guess as a biting response,  somebody could say it did: to Marve.)



Since: Aug 19, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Starting Purdue QB Henry tears ACL

Unbelievable.  A non-contact injury?  At what point do you stop chalking all the injuries up to bad luck and start questioning the conditioning?  Now we hope and pray nothing happens to Marve.


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