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More from the story: "Maturing Marve ready"

Robert Marve said more than once during the Big Ten media day in Chicago that he didn't want to talk a lot about Miami.

It's likely most of those questions are out of the way now with Purdue's season opener and the Marve Era quickly approaching.

I touched on that topic, though, in the story on Marve in our college and high school preview issue that was published today. If you haven't read it, you can click here.

For the real Marve lovers, here's some extra content that didn't make the story.

Google first, then get the real answers

Senior Keith Smith said as soon as he heard Marve was coming to Purdue, he searched Marve in google.

The articles weren't particularly flattering, highlighting Marve's suspensions while at Miami, his trouble in school, his injuries, the drama leading up to his transfer.

"I was like, 'OK, there has to be more to this,' " Smith said. "There's always two sides to every story. We sat down, talked and got everything out there. He shared his story. I shared mine. From that moment, we got a lot closer and the bond has gotten better and better."

Smith said he didn't need any explanations from Marve. He said the team welcomed him with open arms and approached the transfer as a clean slate for the new quarterback.

"Coach (Danny) Hope joked about it -- it was like going through a divorce," Smith said of Marve's transfer issues. "It's not that somebody is a bad person, it just wasn't a good fit. So it wasn't a good fit for him, and this is the perfect place for him."

'Perfect fit'

Smith wasn't the only one in Purdue's program who deemed Marve the "perfect fit."

Marve said the same.

Hope said the same.

Some of that is because offensive coordinator Gary Nord runs a similar system at Purdue as the one Marve used at Plant High School in Tampa. Marve said the offenses have nearly the same terms even.

"It's been very easy to pick up the concept to what they're doing," Marve said. "The language took me a little while, but it's very similar.

"I think it fits me a little bit more (than Miami). I'm looking forward to making things happen during the season."

Marve also likes the coaching style of Hope, a straight-forward talker who isn't afraid to point out weaknesses.

Marve likes having a coach who holds him accountable, who is critical but respectful, who is tough but forgiving.

The relationship works for Hope, too.

"He and I hit it off very well," Hope said. "I really think that he chose Purdue because of the way he felt about the people there, along with the opportunity to be a quarterback in that style of offense."

Just how strong is Marve's arm

Hope called Marve's arm strength "unbelievable."

Justin Siller, a converted quarterback who is playing receiver, called it "phenomenal. I've never seen anything like it, really."

Smith said Marve's arm is stronger than Curtis Painter, the former Boilermaker who is was drafted by the Colts. "And that says a lot," Smith said.

But how strong is strong?

"If you wanted to line up and see how far he could throw it, I don't know if he'd go the whole length, but he'd go a long ways," Hope said. "He'd stand on the sidelines and throw it in the indoor facility and hit the banners on the other side, and the banners are jacked up 20-something feet high."

Marve said he hasn't thrown from standing on the goal line since he's been at Purdue. But before he came to campus, he said it threw it 74 yards on the fly.

"We'll see if we can get a little bit farther," he said.

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