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23 Days to Purdue Football: Keyante Green

The sophomore running back represents all of the returning experience for Purdue at the position.

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I really hope that D.J. Knox and Markell Jones are as good as advertised. Those two are slotted ahead of today's player in the countdown, who is the lone returning running back with experience.

Keyante Green - So.

McDonough, GA (Eagle's Landing Christian Academy)

5'9", 210 pounds

Running Back

2015 Projection: Contributor at running back.

Green is a former 4-star recruit according to ESPN that got his first career action last season after redshirting in 2013. He ended up rushing for 199 yards on 27 carries, with his biggest run being a 50+ yard carry at Illinois. He officially started one game and played in nine, but mostly was a change of pace now and then for Akeem Hunt and Raheem Mostert.

In high school he rushed for almost 6,000 yards and won a pair of small school state championships in Georgia. His senior year saw him go for 1,272 yards and 28 touchdowns on just 135 carries.

Green could be a major factor this year, but he has fallen behind Knox and Jones. He is reportedly a little too heavy so far, messing with his conditioning. He wants to drop about five pounds, but for now even that is not a guarantee he passes Jones and Knox.