Position Glance: Running Backs
Aug. 14, 2017

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Position Coach: Chris Barclay

Returning Starters: Markell Jones (Jr.)
Other Returning Letterwinners: Lane Beeler (Jr.), Tario Fuller (So.), D.J. Knox (Jr.), Brian Lankford-Johnson (So.), Jack Wegher (So.), Richie Worship (So.)
Others: Alexander Horvath (Fr.), Carter McGinnis (Fr.)

At A Glance: Jones, Purdue’s leading rusher the past two seasons, is coming off a sophomore season that saw his gain 616 yards with four touchdowns on 153 carries. He is merely 98 yards away from cracking the all-time top 20 list in career rushing yards at Purdue and is tied for 17th in school history in rushing touchdowns. Knox returns to action after missing the entire 2016 season with a knee injury. As a sophomore in 2015, he rushed 108 times for 408 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Worship, a bigger, change-of-pace running back, had 136 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries in his first collegiate action last year. Lankford-Johnson, Fuller and Wegher all provide depth in the group.

Fun Fact: Jones, a professional flight technology major, is a licensed pilot.

Barclay Says: "I tell our guys that they need to work like they are at the bottom of the depth chart. Every day, they need to come out here like they are just trying to make the team. There is something to prove every day. There is something you can improve on every day. If they approach it with that mentality, they will see tremendous results in their game and how far along their game can come."

Lankford-Johnson Says: "I've always been a guy where I've been the best player on the team or in the room. Now, I'm not the best or maybe not even one of the top guys. We're all competing, so that makes it fun. Every day, you come to work and get better. If you don't get better, someone else is getting better. Then, they get that rep and that extra opportunity. So, it helps me out because I know I need to do a better job than yesterday and make plays."

Practice Notes: The team came back on the practice field after a Sunday off following the Saturday scrimmage. Head coach Jeff Brohm had a chance to watch the scrimmage film and was more pleased than he initially was watching it live. Monday's practice included regular team and individual periods, before taking off the helmets and shoulder pads and doing some lighter conditioning. The Boilermakers will practice every day this week before another Saturday scrimmage.




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