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Purdue Names Freshman Etling Starting Quarterback

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Purdue coach Darrell Hazell made it official on Wednesday, naming Danny Etling as the new Boilermakers quarterback.

The freshman debuted with 241 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions after replacing Rob Henry during the first half of Saturday’s 55-24 loss to Northern Illinois.

Henry has struggled this season and left the game against the Huskies after 130 yards, a touchdown and interceptions that nullified two scoring chances. The senior’s 166.4 yards per game is penultimate among Big Ten quarterbacks to Ohio State’s Kenny Guiton, who’s attempted roughly 50 fewer passes than the deposed Purdue quarterback.

Henry has had an injury-riddled, seesaw tenure in West Lafayette after taking over quarterback duties as a redshirt freshman in 2010. That year he became the first Boilermakers quarterback to lead Purdue in both passing and rushing. Purdue named him a captain the following year, but injuries and competition from Miami transfer Robert Marve cut into his playing time.

Henry has 2,044 career passing yards to go along with 15 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and five rushing scores.

The slow start this season (832 yards, 4 TDs, 6 INTs) precipitated the move for Hazell’s 1-4 (0-1 Big Ten) squad. Henry’s career isn’t done, however. Hazell moved the senior to safety where he’s expected to add depth to a thin Boilermakers secondary.

Etling has a week to better familiarize himself with the first team. Purdue returns to action on Oct. 12 when they play host to Nebraska.