Can a guy who just suffered his third torn ACL less than two weeks ago come back and play this year?
Purdue quarterback Robert Marve is going to try. And it looks like he might just succeed.
As Mike Carmin reports in the Lafayette Journal and Courier, Marve returned to Boilermakers' practice on Tuesday, just 10 days after he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the Notre Dame game. Marve has been cleared to resume individual drills, though he's not quite ready for team work.
"I anticipate him being cleared and starting to get team reps,” Danny Hope told the paper after Tuesday's practice “The little bit I watched him he looked good. I can’t tell any difference. He doesn’t run full speed in practice, but he looks good on his drops and looks confident with his feet underneath him and he’s throwing the ball well.
“Looks like he’s going to make a comeback."
Pretty amazing stuff. Purdue has a bye this week, and Hope doesn't anticipate that Marve will play in the Sept. 29 game against Marshall. But he's not ruling out the possibility, either.
"He might be ready, but I think we’re going to get Caleb [TerBush] and Rob Henry ready to go into the game,” Hope said. “If he’s cleared and he feels good and confident and we feel good and confident, we’ll put him in there.”
While TerBush is good enough to lead Purdue to wins, Marve brings an extra energy to the team and might be the team's most physically gifted quarterback. Just seeing him back in practice and potentially in games has to be an emotional lift for the Boilermakers.