Purdue QB Rob Henry Tears ACL; Caleb TerBush the New Man for Boilermakers?

Purdue sophomore quarterback Rob Henry suffered a non-contact anterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee at practice on Aug. 23. Further diagnosis will determine the extent of the injury and how long the Ocala, Fla., native will be sidelined. But you can bet the Boilermakers leading rusher and passer from last season is done for the year.

“Rob Henry is a huge part of our football program, our heart goes out to him” head coach Danny Hope said.

“He was voted a captain by the team in the spring, and I know he will continue to inspire and push Robert (Marve), Caleb (TerBush), Sean (Robinson) and all of his teammates forward.”

Hope even went out of his way to make practices less likely to result in injury this fall. And with the train wreck (pun intended) of injuries at the skill positions last season on who can blame him?

More on the West Lafayette Curse from our friend Travis Miller at Hammer and Rails:

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College Football 77 in 77: #61 Purdue Boilermakers

It’s hard to say how good or bad the Purdue Boilermakers truly were last year. Can any team survive losing it’s starting quarterback and go-to wide receiver for the season? When they had already lost their main tailback for the year BEFORE the season even started? The Boilers were even playing a fourth string QB (first time in school history) at one point.

So maybe Purdue wasn’t all that talented, but they certainly weren’t near as bad as the cadre of key injuries made them look in 2010.

In 2011, there’s again not much room for error, as they’ve lost one of the best players in the Big Ten, DE Ryan Kerrigan to the first round of the NFL. And the NCAA had no remorse for Keith Smith and his season ending injury, as the 2009 league leader in receiving was denied a sixth year of eligibility.

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