The Boilermakers look for their first ranked win since 2011
The Boilermakers went full contact for the first time this fall
The running backs are working to reload the stable this spring.
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The Boilermakers were back at it Tuesday night for the fifth session of spring practice.
Under Williams' guide, Markell Jones broke the Purdue freshman rushing record with 875 yards on 168 carries in 2015. Jones led Purdue with 10 rushing touchdowns (11 total) and 66 points as true freshman.
Williams joined the Boilermakers from his running backs position at Kent State where in 2012 he coached one the nation's top rushing tandem in Dri Archer and Traylon Durham. Under Williams' direction, the duo combined to rush for 2,745 yards and 30 touchdowns in 14 games. Archer, who averaged 9.0 yards per carry, led Kent State with 1,429 yards rushing on 159 carries, while also hauling in a team-high 39 receptions for 561 yards with four touchdowns and returning 16 kickoffs for 591 yards and three additional scores. He was named an Associated Press, Walter Camp, ESPN.com and Sporting News All-American following the regular season. Durham finished with 1,316 yards rushing on 276 carries with 14 touchdowns.
Williams joined the Kent State staff in 2011 after spending one season as the quality control graduate assistant at Northwestern in 2010, one year as wide receivers coach at Howard in 2009 and two as wide receivers coach at Illinois State in 2007 and 2008.
He got his start in coaching at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 2005. Williams was a standout wide receiver at Maryland from 2000 to 2003.