Jeff Brohm and the Boilermakers added a surprise transfer running back from UNLV in the form of Dylan Downing this week. He will join Purdue beginning next semester in January as a walk-on, but as Boilermakers fans have seen, he could very well contribute to the team early on in his career.
Downing’s decision to transfer from UNLV comes after a few unexpected losses in his family and wanting to be closer to home as he played for high school football powerhouse Carmel in Indiana.
During his senior season, he rushed for 1,092 yards and 12 touchdowns in Indiana’s highest class of high school football (6A). The 5’11, 220 pound back suited up for the UNLV Rebels in two games against San Diego State and Nevada tallying 3 rushes for 8 yards and 2 catches for 8 yards on the season.
Downing will be an unexpected surprise in the Purdue running back room adding to the talented list of backs including Zander Horvath, King Doerue, Tirek Murphy, and Da’Joun Hewitt. He is planning on becoming immediately eligible thanks to the new ruling set forth by the NCAA.
Welcome aboard, Dylan. Boiler Up!
(News was first broke via Mike Carmin of Journal & Courier)