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December 31, 2012

Cowboys' defense prepares for Purdue's three quarterback attack

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DALLAS, Texas —

Though Marve and TerBush are classified as Purdue’s top quarterbacks, Rob Henry has played the most games at quarterback for the Boilermakers, playing in 11 of Purdue’s 12 games. But Henry isn’t just a quarterback for the Boilermakers, he’s more along the lines of a J.W. Walsh — more of a threat to run it when in the game, as opposed to going to the air with the ball.

“He gives them an extra weapon for their offense,” linebacker Lyndell Johnson said. “They use him in third-and-short and give him an option to pull it down and run with it. So it’s kind of like how we use J.W. as another threat out there as another weapon to try to get that first down.”

Henry has just 38 pass attempts — completing 21 of his tosses — for 216 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He has also rushed the ball 28 times for 74 yards and a touchdown.

While the numbers may not compare to Walsh, the ability is still there. And that’s something Young said can help his defense to prepare for Henry.

“It helps a lot. You’ve got to know that his strength is in running the football,” Young said. “He can still throw it, but his strength, like J.W., is running. You’ve got to make sure your rush lanes are filled up.”

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