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RB Evan Anderson has left the program

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Running back Evan Anderson has departed the program.

"His mother passed away," said Purdue coach Jeff Brohm. "That set him back, that hurt him. It hurt all of us. It was a bad situation. We felt for him. He missed a lot of school, he missed a lot of practice. I don't want to put words into his mouth, but his family situation was important to him. It was a rough, rough semester on him--and understandably so."

Anderson, who redshirted last season after signing in February 2018, missed myriad spring practices. The 6-1, 200-pound Anderson is a native of Suwanee, Ga., who was a three-star recruit who went to Collins Hills High.

Purdue's running back situation is a work-in-progress with D.J. Knox and Markell Jones gone. Anderson had a chance to fight for carries in 2019. Now, his departure leaves Purdue with senior Tario Fuller, sophomore Zander Horvath, senior Richie Worship and redshirt freshman Alfred Armour from the pool of backs who were on campus in the spring. In June, freshmen King Doerue and Da'Joun Hewitt will arrive. Brohm expects at least one of those two to play in the fall.

Purdue recently had sophomore defensive back Jacob Abrams enter the transfer portal. Brohm said those are the only two players who are no longer on the roster who were on campus in the spring.

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