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Purdue Football: Predicted Running Back Depth Chart

What does the depth chart look like with departure of Evan Anderson?

NCAA Football: Illinois at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

With the departure of Evan Anderson, Purdue loses a vital piece of the running back depth chart. Purdue is already thin with under classmen. After Fuller and Worship, Horvath is our next oldest as a sophomore.

Evan, we wish you nothing but the best for you and your family. No one blames you for leaving for family reasons and taking care of yourself and your family.

Really, the depth chart doesn’t change that much IMO with his departure, Armour climbs up a spot and will play a more vital role as the #4 RB. But, what will the fall depth chart look like now for the running backs? Here is my best guess..

  • Tario Fuller - 5th Year, 6’, 200 Pounds

Two years ago, Tario was the starting Running Back for first year head coach, Jeff Brohm. Then injuries happened, leaving the door open for D.J. Knox and Markell Jones. Tario is back and as healthy as he has been in any year as a Boilermaker. Tario is looking to have a good senior year to propel himself as a NFL Prospect, if he stays healthy look out, he can do it all. He is #1 on my depth chart for the fall.

  • Zander Horvath - RS Sophomore, 6-3, 230 Pounds

Coined as having a body of a Greek God from Running Back Coach, Chris Barclay. The former walk-on has carved his way into being a vital part of the Purdue Offense. While he is used more as a blocking back, I would be content with going to war with Zander being the number one running back. I have him as #2 on the fall depth chart.

  • Richie Worship - 5th Year, 6’, 250 Pounds

Richie has been injured for damn near two years now. Year one of the Brohmfense he showed promise, being versatile out of the backfield. After a knee injury that hasn’t healed correctly, it is uncertain if he will ever be back on the field. If he is healthy, he will push for playing time, if not, he is just a back up.

  • Alfred Armour - RS Frosh, 6-1, 230 Pounds

Alfred will be a key member of the special teams unit. The in state walk on from Warren Central who now squats 600 pounds, is a pure power back. He isn’t going to out run many, but he will run you over.

  • King Doerue - Frosh, 3*, 6’, 205 Pounds

An All-Purpose Back out of Texas went under the radar in terms of recruiting. Brohm believes they found a diamond in the rough. He can block, out run and run over the defense.

  • Da’Joun Hewitt - Frosh, 3*, 5-11, 190 Pounds

Hewitt is another do it all young back. He will need to get stronger for the college game, but he will do a good job at the college level.