CHICAGO -- Purdue coach Danny Hope has been careful not to mention Rob Henry’s name in a sentence without including Robert Marve, and vice-versa.
“A lot of people talk about our quarterback situation, saying if you don’t have a starter, you don't have a quarterback,” Hope said Thursday. “I disagree. I think we have two really good quarterbacks.”
Hope isn’t merely trying to preserve the confidence of his top two quarterbacks.
The coach reveled that a two-quarterback system will be part of Purdue’s offensive package this season. Hope actually wanted to play both Marve and Henry last season, as Henry was "too good of an athlete to be on the bench." Injuries shelved the plan, of course, as Marve tore his ACL in Week 3, ending his season. Henry stepped in and led Purdue to two Big Ten victories before a laceration on his throwing hand limited his effectiveness.
Hope called Henry the team’s most improved player this spring, while Marve is on track to return from his second ACL tear. With Henry’s running and Marve’s arm, the pair could form a good combination.
Said Hope: "It won’t be the bread and butter of our offense, but … that will be part of the plan, absolutely."