Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush's suspension will not cost him against Notre Dame.
Coach Danny Hope said on his Monday night radio show that the senior will start Saturday night with this stipulation -- he has to practice well this week.
TerBush was suspended for last Saturday's season-opening victory over Eastern Kentucky for a violation of team rules. Hope didn't specify what the violation was. TerBush didn't provide details when he talked to reporters after Monday's practice, although he did say it wasn't a legal problem.
According to Gold&Black.com, a Purdue sports publication, TerBush said, “I know I slipped and made a mistake, but that's part of life. You've got to learn.”
TerBush's suspension and the strong play of Robert Marve (he was 30-for-38 for a career-high 295 yards and three touchdowns) generated speculation that Marve would get the start. However, Hope said on his radio show that TerBush gives Purdue the best chance to get off to a fast start.
Last year Purdue fell behind Notre Dame 21-0 and never recovered in a 38-10 loss.
Hope said he wants to minimize offensive mistakes, especially early at Notre Dame Stadium. One of TerBush's strengths is his ball security. He didn't throw an interception in his last 4 ½ games last season.
Hope also said TerBush had out-performed Marve during preseason camp and earned the No. 1 position. He said Marve and third-string quarterback Rob Henry also will play against the Irish.
Last year TerBush started against Notre Dame and went 10-for-15 for 101 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Marve was 9-for-22 for 91 yards.
Both teams will come in 1-0. Notre Dame routed Navy 50-10 in Ireland while Purdue beat Eastern Kentucky 48-6 at Ross-Ade Stadium.