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Purdue Football: Running Back Depth Takes Another Hit

Can it get any thinner?

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The Running Back Depth Chart has taken another hit.

True Freshman, Ja’Quez Cross has entered the transfer portal, he has been away from the team for multiple weeks, I believe since the Illinois game.

Cross came in as an athlete, as he played both offense and defense at his small high school in 2020. But, he did get a few carries at Purdue, though ineffective, like much of our run game.

Maybe he is wanting to be with a team that is more run heavy, or something closer to home - who knows.

There will be more than a handful of kids that enter the transfer portal every year now, with kids being deemed eligible right away in most cases.

While our depth takes a hit with losing cross, we do have some nice backs on roster for 2022.

Zander Horvath is a senior this year, but will have an option to come back for a 6th year due to covid rules and protocols.

King Doerue will be a senior.

Sampson James, the IU transfer, will presumably have two year left, even though he was ruled ineligible this year with transfer, a rare case, mostly due to the fact that he started camp at IU before leaving for Purdue.

Bruiser Dylan Downing will be back as a sophomore.

Highly touted PWO, who had other D1 offers, Devin Mockobee could be a change of pace back.

Lastly, incoming frosh, Kentrell Marks has a high upside.

This season, we will survive with Horvath, Doerue, Downing and Jackson Anthrop to finish at running back.