West Lafayette, Ind. — Purdue has benched junior quarterback Austin Appleby in favor of redshirt freshman David Blough.
It is the third time in Darrell Hazell’s three seasons at Purdue the Boilermakers have changed starting quarterbacks in September or October.
Appleby started the first three games of the season along with the final seven games in 2014. He had an awful performance in last weekend’s 51-24 loss to Virginia Tech, finishing 9-for-28 for 110 yards and two interceptions, along with a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. In two losses, Appleby has been intercepted six times.
Blough will be making his first start Saturday when Purdue (1-2) hosts Bowling Green (1-2). Blough finished 3-for-7 for 11 yards in the fourth quarter against Virginia Tech and is 3-for-8 overall.
“You deliberate over it for a couple of days and make sure you think everything through,” Hazell said Tuesday. “You don’t want to make any quick judgment. Austin’s created energy and leadership for us.
“The one thing that we have stressed — and will continue to stress — is the importance of taking care of the football. We need to do better at that position.”
Appleby replaced Danny Etling after five games of the 2014 season, and played well in his first start, a victory at Illinois. But Appleby was 0-6 in his final six starts of the 2014 season and is 2-8 in 10 starts.
Purdue plays at No. 2 Michigan State on Oct. 4.
Hazell said that was not a factor in getting his young quarterback experience now.
Auburn is turning from a struggling Jeremy Johnson to redshirt freshman Sean White, who will start Saturday night’s game against Mississippi State.
Johnson was billed in the preseason as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate but has thrown six interceptions in three games.
... Freshman Lorenzo Nunez will replace Perry Orth for South Carolina’s game against Central Florida on Saturday.
... Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton will miss 4-6 weeks with a right knee injury.
Sophomore Kent Myers moves up the depth chart after starting five games in 2014.
TCU coach Gary Patterson called suspended defensive end Mike Tuaua one of the team’s most-liked players, and said the facts will come out in a case that has the senior and another player facing robbery charges.
While not elaborating on what those facts might be, Patterson defended Tuaua and his program, saying, “right or wrong, just like a parent, I’ve got his back.”
Tuaua and freshman receiver Andre Petties-Wilson were arrested Monday on the same charge — one count each of robbery with bodily injury — for an incident Sept. 4, the day after both played in an opening victory at Minnesota. Neither has played since and both are suspended.
... No. 9 UCLA reinstated cornerback Ishmael Adams, ending his suspension at three games following his arrest last month on suspicion of robbery.
... Central Florida dismissed junior running back William Stanback, citing a continuous failure to comply with athletic policy and team rules. Stanback played in two games, rushing 12 times for 11 yards.
... BYU added a game at Oregon in 2020 as part of its continuing strategy to raise its profile. Athletic director Tom Holmoe has tried to schedule games against top opponents in hopes of eventually receiving an invitation to a Power 5 conference.