Purdue's players had to deal with some highly disappointing injury news on Wednesday when it was revealed that starting quarterback Rob Henry had suffered a torn ACL. Unfortunately for the hard-luck Boilermakers, they have become all too familiar with the process.
"Well, we've had practice at it," head coach Danny Hope told reporters. "We've been through this before. We know what we have to do -- everybody has to rally up."
One of the toughest parts of the injury, which occurred while Henry was running untouched in a drill Tuesday, was that Henry had gone through perhaps his best practice of the preseason before his knee buckled, Hope said. Henry had missed some time with a hand injury and an illness before getting back to the swing of things.
With Henry sidelined earlier this month and Robert Marve's knee still not right, junior Caleb TerBush and sophomore Sean Robinson have been getting plenty of reps. Now those two will get the majority of the practice snaps, and Hope said both will play in the opener against Middle Tennessee next Saturday.
"In order to have a No. 2 quarterback ready, we have to play those guys," he said. "We have a chance to be a very good football team. We have a lot of redeeming qualities. Obviously, quarterback play is significant in our direction, so we have to have two ready to go. We can't lose one guy and put the next guy in a game and not have him ready to go."
Hope said both TerBush and Robinson have had good camps.
"Right now, they're further ahead than our top two quarterbacks were this time last year, just in knowing the offense and knowing what to do," Hope said. "So I have some comfort level with it, because those guys have been around and executed the offense very well."
Hope told the team about Henry's injury prior to Wednesday's practice and said it "let the wind out of our sails as a team a little bit." He said it took the team until nearly the end of practice to shake off the disappointment and get into gear. Purdue has dealt with this type of letdown before. Now it's up to the Boilers to respond once again.