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Purdue's David Blough to start at QB

Purdue's David Blough to start at QB
Published On: Tue, Sep 22
Nov 30, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliff with linebacker David Helton (47) after the game. The Duke Blue Devils defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 27-25 at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Purdue coach Darrell Hazell announced Tuesday that David Blough will start at quarterback when the Boilermakers host Bowling Green on Saturday.

Blough replaces Austin Appleby, who started the first three games this season and the final seven last year.

Hazell said the decision was driven by the turnovers committed by Appleby. The junior has thrown six interceptions - the most of any quarterback in the Big Ten - and lost a fumble, which was returned for a touchdown last week against Virginia Tech. In Appleby's 10 starts, the junior has 18 interceptions, including 11 in his last five games. Appleby is 2-8 as Purdue's starting quarterback.

"Austin has created energy for us but the one thing that we've always stressed and continues to stress is the importance of taking care of the football and we need to do that better at that position," Hazell said.

Blough, a redshirt freshman, has appeared in two games this season.

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