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August 23, 2013

Purdue chooses three captains





No real surprise: Starting quarterback Rob Henry, fourth-year starting cornerback Ricardo Allen and NFL-bound defensive tackle Bruce Gaston are Purdue's captains for 2013.

The team, including coaches and managers, voted for the honor on Thursday night. Only seniors were eligible.

Henry, named the team's starting quarterback on Aug. 18, and Allen are captains for a second time. Gaston was selected for the first time.

Allen and Gaston are the team's most experienced starters with 36 and 32 in their careers. Allen had his starting streak snapped last season because of an injury, while Gaston played all 13 games.

Henry will be starting for the first time since 2010, when he was a redshirt freshman.

The plan was to have one captain on offense and another on defense. Only a third would be added if the vote total was close, Coach Darrell Hazell said.

"It was close," Hazell said in a statement.

But that's as far as he'd go.

"I don't even tell my staff the final count," Hazell said.






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