Purdue needs help in the running game, and help might be on the way according to Mike Carmin at the Lafayette Journal & Courier:
#Purdue RB coach Chris Barclay on Richie Worship: "At this stage, there's a better chance of seeing him before we see Tario (Fuller). We could possibly see (Richie) very soon."— mike carmin (@carmin_jc) September 24, 2019
Worship (knee) hasn't played since 2017. Fuller suffered a fractured jaw in Aug.
This was a bit of a surprise to me, as Richie Worship has not played a down since at Northwestern on November 11, 2017. He tore his ACL, then had microfracture surgery according to Carmin:
Had microfracture surgery between 2017 and 2018 seasonshttps://t.co/oGY7DXjQ3J https://t.co/sx9MxZtgfX— mike carmin (@carmin_jc) September 25, 2019
Since he has been out for almost two years I had my doubts as to his return at all, but if he is reportedly close to the field that can only benefit Purdue.
Worship is not going to be the sole answer to Purdue’s rushing woes. In his career he has 390 yards and 5 touchdowns to go with another 122 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns receiving. He has been an effective weapon out of the backfield and his size makes him a solid extra blocker as well. His best game was an 89 yard, 1 TD effort agaisnt Nebraska in 2017.
There is also the possibility Worship could get a medical redshirt for last year and a 6th year in 2020, but if he can contribute soon it could be a nice boost to the lineup.