Why does everyone want Terbush to be the starter? Everyone talks about his fourth quarter production and completely forgets about the three quarters of downright horrible decision-making and feeble passes. That's right, the o-line is not all to blame for the sacks adding up, it's Terbush holding the ball too long and not checking into the correct plays when being blitzed. If he wasn't passing less than 50% in the first three quarters it would never come down to a last minute field goal. Judging by the last two games' play calling, Terbush can't stretch the field. I've only seen really one pass in the Rice game that tested the opposing defense and it was inaccurate. Now I understand Purdue has a major problem on defense (esp linebacker pass coverage), no question, but there is no reason the offense shouldn't put up 30 or more against MTSU and Rice. Robert Marve
is healthy and personally I want him to have an entire game under his belt before ND. Realistically, Marve gives Purdue the best chance to make something happen. If you only need one reason to start Marve it would be these two percentages 57% to 67%. Marve's pass percentage is 67%, Terbush at 57%. That 10% difference will keep drives alive, help win the field position battle, and should keep the defense honest making rushing more successful throughout the entire game. Marve's passes are crisp and accurate, and he is moving around really well. Now the only aspect that Terbush has shown some compentence at is rushing the ball, 47 yards vs Rice. So I'm not opposed to going back to a version of the original plan of two quarterbacks. Marve being Purdue's true starter and Terbush for some packages to add a little more rush attack. But, I'm still an overall believer of the saying, "if you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks". My last point, is that Marve is a fifth year senior, this is his last season. Purdue can't waste his talents for Caleb Terbush. Let's face it next season this WILL be Rob Henry
's team, so why should we entertain the chance of having a quarterback controversy next year. It's ok developing him through limited playtime this season to have some depth next year, but we can't forget that he was a third string quarterback a month ago behind Marve. Marve hasn't done anything to lose his spot and it doesn't serve the team any good to have a senior benched for a still unimpressive and unproved quarterback. It's a formula for a team rift. In short, Purdue really can't afford having a QB of Marve's caliber on the bench, and realistically think of winning four games in big ten play.
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