Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 1/14/12



The Purdue Boilermakers' revolving door at quarterback will continue to spin in 2012 as much if not more than it did in 2011 due to the NCAA's decision Friday afternoon to grant fifth-year senior Robert Marve a sixth year of eligibility.


"I am extremely blessed by the NCAA's decision and proud to be at Purdue for another season," Marve said. "I'm looking forward to next year and winning games for the Boilermakers."


Marve played for the Miami (FL) Hurricanes as a freshman, but was forced to redshirt after sustaining injuries in a car accident. The standout quarterback started 11 games the following season, however he sat out two games due to suspensions.


The Florida native then transferred to Purdue and tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the season he was forced to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules in 2009. 


The former 4-star recruit earned the starting job for Purdue's first four games in 2010 as a junior, but re-injured his knee and was forced to sit out the remainder of the season. 


In 2011, Marve missed the first two games of the season due to setbacks in his recovery, but eventually played in all but one of the Boilermakers final 11 games and split snaps with starting quarterback Caleb TerBush.


Marve finished the 2011 season with 633 yards passing, four touchdowns and five interceptions. TerBush, who sat out the 2010 season due to academic issues, compiled a good season with 1,905 yards,  13 touchdowns and just six interceptions through the air. 


Purdue was likely prepared to turn the starting job over to TerBush full time in 2012 until they heard the news about Marve, which likely creates more problems than solutions at quarterback for the Boilermakers.


Neither player benefited from the two-quarterback system this season and it seemed like whenever TerBush would get in rhythm early in a game he would be pulled in favor of Marve, who showed lackluster passing abilities.


The Boilermakers will also have sophomore quarterback Rob Henry, who took over the starting job in 2010 after Marve was injured, returning from an offseason ACL injury. 


Henry is more of an option-style quarterback though and will likely be used like speedy back-up Kain Colter was this season for the Northwestern Wildcats.


It would be wise for Purdue head coach Danny Hope to make TerBush the full-time starter and only bring in Marve if his counterpart is turning the ball over, or is injured. The Boilermakers only managed to have the nation's No. 83 ranked passing offense in 2011 with two quarterbacks, so will they really benefit from potentially playing three in 2012? 


The saying is the more the merrier, but when it comes to the quarterback position, which requires the player to get in a solid rhythm to have success, it is much more detrimental than helpful. 


Photo courtesy of mkrob.com.

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