One things is for sure, there is no shortage of offseason quarterback battles across the Big Ten heading into 2013. However, one battle is officially over as Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell publicly named Rob Henry his starting quarterback.
It's redemption for Henry, who was supposed to be the starter in 2011, but went down with an ACL tear and never got a chance to win the starting job because of it.
Henry, a senior, had perhaps the best chance of winning the battle from the get go thanks to a brutal slate of games to start the season, including Notre Dame, Northern Illinois, and Wisconsin (all BCS competitors a season ago). Also in there is a trip to face the American contender Cincinnati.
Competing with Henry for the job were redshirt freshman Austin Appleby and true freshman Danny Etling.
While we're sure that Hazell would've done what was best for the team no matter what you have to think that with a schedule that starts out like that for the Boilermakers, having the senior win the battle was the best possible outcome. Potentially having to throw freshman out there against a schedule like that had to scare Hazell and the Boiler faithful – you really ran the risk of hurting the psyche of a frosh for the rest of his career with a move like that.
Still battling it out across Big Ten country are QB's at Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, and Penn State. Oh, and for you Gopher fans, anyone thinking there's a "battle" going on at QB sorry – you are being sold a bill of goods and I've got some awesome ocean front property in Nebraska for sale too.
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