July 13, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - With the start of training camp less than one month away, Purdue head football coach Danny Hope announced today that Robert Marve will be the Boilermakers' No. 1 quarterback heading into practice.
Marve, a junior, transferred to Purdue from Miami (Fla.) in May of 2009 and sat out last season. He and sophomore Caleb TerBush shared the No. 1 quarterback spot throughout practice this past spring.
"We like everything about Robert - his ability to throw the football, run with the football and lead our team from the quarterback position - and we want him to begin practice with the mindset that he is the guy," Hope said. "Knowing Robert and his competitiveness, he will not take this decision for granted and, if anything, it will make him more determined than ever to solidify the starting position."
Said Marve: "Last month, I had the opportunity to meet Drew Brees, Len Dawson and Bob Griese and learn more about the quarterback tradition at Purdue. Now to have the chance to join that fraternity means a lot of me and gives me a great sense of responsibility. I am looking forward to the start of training camp and working with my teammates to have a great season."
At Miami, Marve took over as the starting quarterback in the second game of the 2008 season, made 11 consecutive starts and helped guide the Hurricanes to five straight wins from Oct. 11 to Nov. 13. He threw for 1,293 yards and nine touchdowns while completing 116 of 213 attempts (54.5 percent). Miami finished 7-6 overall, 4-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and appeared in the Emerald Bowl against California.
Marve redshirted as a true freshman in 2007 and was named the Hurricanes' Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year.
A highly touted prep performer, Marve was named Florida's Mr. Football and a member of the Parade All-America team as a senior at Plant High School in Tampa, Fla., after breaking future Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow's state records for passing yards (4,380) and touchdowns (48).
The Boilermakers report to training camp Aug. 6 and begin practice the following day.