FORT WAYNE – Danny Hope reviewed the tape. And he liked what he saw from Caleb TerBush.
Hope announced TerBush will be the starting quarterback for Purdue in Saturday’s season opener against Middle Tennessee.
TerBush did not play last year as he dealt with academics. He spent the year as the scout team quarterback. He has appeared in one game, completing 4 of 10 passes for 22 yards in 2009 at Wisconsin.
I wanted to make sure we had the chance to come in and look at the film from the scrimmage work (Saturday) with (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks) coach (Gary) Nord, Hope told reporters Sunday. We felt really good about Caleb going into the scrimmage. But we wanted to see what was on the videotape, make sure he was where we thought he was. We certainly intend on playing Sean Robinson as well.
Projected starter Rob Henry suffered a non-contact anterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee on Aug. 23. Backup Robert Marve, who started the first four games a year ago, has been limited at practice as he recovers from a knee injury that ended his 2010 season early.
Purdue entered camp hoping to have Henry and Marve ready to go as part of a two-quarterback system.
The Boilermakers still plan on implementing a two-quarterback approach.
Robinson appeared in five games, making one start as a true freshman last season. He completed 41 of 91 passes for 301 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions.
If you count on mop-up duty, sometimes it doesn’t happen that way, Hope said. We have to get a No. 2 quarterback ready, and we plan on playing him throughout the course of the game at some earmarked point in time.