Can anyone out there play running back?
Who needs running back depth?
On the surface they may not seem like much. In two seasons at Purdue Hewitt had six carries for 9 yards and a single reception for four yards. This was across six game, but he was still technically a redshirt freshman because of barely playing in 2019 and last year’s COVID rules.
It is the depth that was a concern. After four-star Trek Murphy left and weight room champion Alfred Armour departed Purdue was down to five running backs on the entire roster before Hewitt’s departure. We now have the following:
Zander Horvath – Ran for 453 yards and 2 TDs in last year’s limited season, so over a full year could have been a 1,000 yard back if you extrapolate.
King Doerue – 2019’s leading rusher. A versatile back with more than 750 yards from scrimmage and 8 TDs in his career.
Dylan Downing – A local prospect from Carmel that was at UNLV before transferring in. He had 16 yards from scrimmage last year.
Henry Lewis – A walk-on from Fishers.
Ja’Quez Cross was recruited as a receiver at Purdue, but he comes in as a decent running back. Given the depth at receiver and razor thin margins at running back one would think he almost certainly moves to running back.
Needless to say I have serious concerns about Brohm entering this season and all he momentum he had in 2018 is gone.