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Purdue chooses Etling as starting quarterback, moves Henry to safety, suspends 2 players

  • Purdue quarterback Danny Etling looks to pass the ball against Northern Illinois during an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind. on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, Brent Drinkut)

    Purdue quarterback Danny Etling looks to pass the ball against Northern Illinois during an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind. on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, Brent Drinkut)  (The Associated Press)

  • Purdue quarterback Danny Etling scrambles with the ball against Northern Illinois during an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind. on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, Brent Drinkut)

    Purdue quarterback Danny Etling scrambles with the ball against Northern Illinois during an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind. on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, Brent Drinkut)  (The Associated Press)

  • Purdue quarterback Rob Henry loses the football against Northern Illinois during an NCAA college football game at Ross-Ade Stadium, in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, Brent Drinkut ) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES

    Purdue quarterback Rob Henry loses the football against Northern Illinois during an NCAA college football game at Ross-Ade Stadium, in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, Brent Drinkut ) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

Purdue coach Darrell Hazell chose freshman Danny Etling as the starting quarterback Wednesday and moved former starter Rob Henry to safety.

Hazell also suspended two receivers following their arrests earlier this week. Starter B.J. Knauf will miss the next two games, lose ticket privileges for those games and must fulfill a community service requirement. Little-used backup Jordan Woods has been suspended indefinitely.

The moves came on a busy afternoon during Purdue's bye week.

Etling was expected to be named the starter after Henry was yanked late in the first half of Saturday's 55-24 loss to Northern Illinois after throwing two interceptions on potential scoring drives. Henry, one of the team's most respected leaders, will now try to help fortify a secondary that has been hit hard by injuries this season.