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Redshirt Freshman RB D.J. Knox is apparently the frontrunner in the battle for starting RB



http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/117444/d-j-knox-leading-spirited-purdue-rb-battle

First off, something potentially concerning (or potentially good):

""Fans are probably not going to see all the 50- and 60-yard runs where Raheem and Akeem were just blowing down the field," Boilers running backs coach Jafar Williams told ESPN.com. "But you may get the drive where there is a accumulation of 60 or 70 yards. Whatever we may have lost in perimeter speed, we've probably gained some in interior running ability."

That was RB coach Jafar Williams

Now, the meat of the article:

"Williams split reps evenly between the group the first several spring practices but is now formulating a more formal depth chart. And the guy who has emerged as an early frontrunner ranks as a mild surprise.

Redshirt freshman D.J. Knox wasn't highly recruited despite starring as a senior for powerhouse program Creekside in Fairburn, Georgia. He had to wait his turn for a starting role at Creekside because so many other blue-chip recruits were in front of him. And he's only 5-foot-7. Purdue was one of the few Power 5 programs to come calling, as Knox was also being courted by the likes of Southern Miss and Georgia State."

What do you all think? Do you think the running game will be as productive as it was last year?

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