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A week after playing quarterback, Purdue’s Rob Henry is now a safety

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Purdue's Rob Henry was replaced at quarterback against Northern Illinois by Danny Etling. The next time Henry's on the field during a game, he could be at safety.

Coach Darrell Hazell announced that Henry was moving to defense Wednesday and that Etling would be the starting quarterback.

Henry became Purdue's starting quarterback in 2010, tore his ACL in 2011 and last year was a multi-purpose weapon, throwing, running and catching the football. Now he's on defense, where the Boilermakers secondary has been decimated by injuries. Against Northern Illinois, Henry threw two interceptions before Etling entered the game.

Consider it the reverse of what Maryland was forced to do last season. After four quarterbacks were hurt -- including three with torn ACLs -- true freshman linebacker Shawn Petty became the starting quarterback.

However, Hazell said that Henry could be moving again if the trial at safety during Purdue's bye week doesn't go smoothly.

From the AP:

"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."

Wide receivers B.J. Knauf and Jordon Woods were also suspended Wednesday by Hazell following Monday arrests for shoplifting. The two are accused of shoplifting two tie bars from a West Lafayette Kohl's. (Don't they know that if they play the Kohl's sales right they could get them significantly discounted?)

Knauf, a starter, is suspended for two games while Woods is suspended indefinitely.

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