“I just told Danny the things we need to do as a football team, don’t force things and take care of the ball,” Hazell said.
For Henry, it’s yet another odd twist on his strange college odyssey.
He took over as the starting quarterback in the middle of the 2010 season, becoming the first Purdue quarterback to lead the team in passing and rushing during the same season.
In 2011, the incumbent starter was elected team captain and appeared to be on the verge of another big year when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee one week before the season opener.
When Henry returned in 2012, he found himself behind Robert Marve and Caleb TerBush on the depth chart, so coach Danny Hope started moving Henry to different places to get him on the field. Henry wound up completing 21 of 38 passes for 216 yards and three TDs, rushing 38 times for 74 yards and a TD and caught six passes for 65 yards.
Now, after reclaiming the starting job this summer, Henry is moving to safety where he can help a unit that has been short on depth this season. And if that doesn’t work out he could be moving again.
“That’s what we’re going to find out in the next couple of days,” Hazell said when asked about how much Henry can contribute in the secondary. “If not, we know there are some things he can do offensively.”
The quarterback situation choice wasn’t Hazell’s only big announcement Wednesday.
He also suspended receivers B.J. Knauf and Jordon Woods, who were arrested Monday on charges of theft.
Knauf, a starter and an emerging play-maker, will miss the next two games, lose his ticket privileges for both games and must perform community service work. Knauf has nine catches for 95 yards and one touchdown and has rushed 11 times for 90 yards and one score.