WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — When Caleb TerBush was suspended before Purdue's season opener against Eastern Kentucky, the questions surrounding the quarterback position started all over again.
Coach Danny Hope had some answers Tuesday. He said TerBush would start Saturday's game at Notre Dame. Hope said TerBush set himself apart from the other quarterbacks on the roster, specifically when it comes to game management.
"He was the No. 1 quarterback going into camp and the No. 1 quarterback coming out of camp," Hope said. "He won the job hands down and all three quarterbacks did very well. It would be in our best advantage, I believe, to start Caleb this weekend because I feel like a smooth start at the beginning of the game in South Bend would be very important to our football team."
Robert Marve, who is listed the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, started in place of TerBush in Purdue's 48-6 win over Eastern Kentucky last week. But TerBush will slip back into the starting role despite Marve throwing a career-high 295 yards on 30 of 38 passing and three touchdowns.
Rob Henry, listed as the No. 3 quarterback, was 7 of 9 with 77 yards passing on Saturday. Marve said afterward that the three quarterback's work together to run the offense.
"Caleb is one of us," Marve said. "We felt bad about the situation. And we feel that all three of us as a tandem is pretty solid for the team."
Hope said he likes the way TerBush runs the game.
TerBush started all 13 games for the Boilermakers last season when Purdue was dealing with a two-quarterback system. Now the offense is working with three quarterbacks and, if TerBush wasn't suspended, Hope said all three would have played in the season opener.