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Laid-back Henry not fazed by Ohio Stadium

Rob Henry has never been to Ohio State.

Henry has seen crazy football environments at the Swamp growing up in Florida. But he's heard the atmosphere at Ohio Stadium is "a different level."

He'll find out Saturday.

Henry, a redshirt freshman, will make his third start for Purdue when the Boilermakers travel to Columbus to play at noon Saturday.

He said he's not nervous, though.

"I heard it's really loud, but that's what I came here for," Henry said during his weekly teleconference on Wednesday. "You come to a Big Ten school like Purdue and you want to play at stadiums like Ohio State. It's a great honor and a great opportunity."

At this point, Henry is more concerned with Ohio State's defense than the crowd. Makes sense.

The Buckeyes have one of the nation's top defenses, and that's easy to see while watching film, Henry said.

"They're amazing," he said. "They're really good, very talented. Extremely talented in all areas of their defense from their front seven to their secondary. You can definitely see why they were ranked No. 1 in the country last week. They're extremely well-coached, they're very disciplined, just very talented."

And how about Ohio State's run defense, which ranks No. 12 in the country by allowing only 93 yards per game?

"They've got everything. Their front seven is extremely talented. They get off blocks well. The defensive line gets a good push, get penetration a lot of times. It's very tough to run against them, that's for sure," Henry said.

Last season in Purdue's 26-18 upset over Ohio State, the Boilermakers threw 52 passes. Henry's highest total is 31 passes, and that was in his first lengthy action, against Toledo.

"Our offense may be a little bit different now, but if we have to throw the ball 50 times, then I think I'm ready for it," Henry said. "But it's two different teams, though. They lost some people last year, we lost a lot of people. So it's two different teams, two different philosophies as far as we're concerned. We'll just go out there and we'll prepare hard all week and go in there and try to play our best."

  • Henry wears No. 15 but said he didn't pick the jersey because it was the number worn by former great QB Drew Brees. Henry wore the number in high school. "It's a big deal for Purdue. It's not really a big deal for me. I really didn't ask to be that number for obvious reasons because it was Drew Brees. But it a great honor to wear that number."