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Arrested Purdue players B.J. Knauf, Jordan Woods in limbo

Purdue coach Darrell Hazell said on the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday that he has yet to decide the fate of redshirt freshmen B.J. Knauf and Jordan Woods, who were arrested on a felony theft charge Monday.

Knauf and Woods were brought in to the Tippecanoe County Jail on Monday afternoon on suspected theft charges and each posted a $5,000 surety bond. According to the police report, the two allegedly attempted to steal two tie bars, valued at $20 each, from a Kohl's department store in Lafayette.

"It's very disappointing," Hazell said. "We always talk to our guys about doing the right thing, and they made a bad decision, both of them. We're still gathering information, and we'll make the necessary disciplinary actions when we find out all the information."

Knauf is second on the team in all-purpose yards with 185 total yards and two touchdowns this year, while Woods has not played in a game for the Boilermakers.

Starting quarterback decision coming soon

Hazell said on the teleconference that within the next hour, Purdue will name its starting quarterback.

After freshman Danny Etling came in for fifth-year senior Rob Henry in a 55-24 loss to Northern Illinois on Saturday, the Boilermakers might have made a switch at the position. Redshirt freshman Austin Appleby was also a candidate for the spot in the preseason, although the chance of him stepping in is slim to none now.

"We're gonna talk to the quarterbacks here in the next 45 minutes or so, let those guys know where they stand," Hazell said at 1:10 p.m. "I thought Danny came in and did a great job, and we'll find out where we're going to go with this thing in the next half hour or 45 minutes or so."

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