Headed into 2019 there was plenty of opportunity for playing time at running back with the departure of DJ Knox and Markell Jones to graduation. Purdue’s most experienced backs in Tario Fuller and Richie Worship were coming off of injuries, so the backfield was wide open. Today it just became a little more wide open as Evan Anderson has left the program per Gold and Black Illustrated.
https://t.co/mDoTruoyzI has learned that redshirt freshman RB Evan Anderson has left the program. #Purduehttps://t.co/d9xjbqr6k7 pic.twitter.com/2QbTLrC2WY— GoldandBlack.com (@GoldandBlackcom) May 17, 2019
Anderson came to Purdue as a promising back after rushing for 1,207 yards and 13 TDs as a senior at Collins Hill HS in Suwanee, Georgia. Unfortunately, he had a very rough spring semester and missed most of spring practice according to GBI:
“His mother passed away,” said Purdue coach Jeff Brohm. “That set him back, that hurt him. It hurt all of us. It was a bad situation. We felt for him. He missed a lot of school, he missed a lot of practice. I don’t want to put words into his mouth, but his family situation was important to him. It was a rough, rough semester on him--and understandably so.”
We wish Evan the best, as that is not a situation anyone handles easily. With his departure Fuller, Worship, and sophomore walk-on Alexander Horvath are Purdue’s top returning backs. King Dorue and Da’Joun Hewitt are also promising freshmen coming in the fall.