It wasn't easy. But after a two-year absence from the Purdue starting quarterback job, Rob Henry has come all the way back.
First-year Purdue coach Darrell Hazell named the senior the Boilermakers' 2013 starter Sunday, with Henry having won the team's three-way quarterback battle over true freshman Danny Etling and redshirt freshman Austin Appleby. Purdue's season opens Aug. 31 at Cincinnati.
According to the Associated Press, Henry outperformed the two challengers in both the team's spring game and thus far in fall camp.
Henry started seven games in his 2010 redshirt freshman season, becoming the first Boilermaker ever to lead the team in both passing and rushing. But a year after coming into the job due to a knee injury suffered by Robert Marve, Henry himself couldn't escape Purdue's plague of torn ACLs, going down a week before the 2011 season. Henry returned healthy in 2012 but could not beat out Caleb TerBush (or Marve) for the starter's role.
The 6'2", 205-pounder did see time in other positions and for his career has collected 1,212 yards passing, 621 rushing, and 76 receiving.
The AP reported that Etling -- a four-star prospect from Terre Haute, Ind. who enrolled in time for spring practice -- appeared to have an edge on Appleby for the backup slot.