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.