January 17, 2012

Pegram leaves program

Reggie Pegram won't return to the football team, Purdue officials confirmed Tuesday.

Pegram had two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, in the Boilermakers' 37-32 victory over Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl last month.

After the game, Pegram seemed excited about Purdue's future, saying, "It's the start of Purdue's campaign to become one of the top 25 teams in the nation. I feel like we can really be a top 25 team next year."

But perhaps Pegram felt like the backfield was too loaded for him to get significant playing time next season, even though he's able to play both fullback and running back.

Akeem Shavers is expected to be the starting running back with Ralph Bolden sidelined with his third anterior cruciate ligament injury. Bolden, who had knee surgery on Jan. 5, has said he wants to come back.

Akeem Hunt showed flashes of potential at running back during his freshman season, including rushing for 100 yards against Indiana in the regular-season finale after Bolden was injured. Doug Gentry is another option in the backfield.

Brandon Cottom was expected to be the team's fullback, but he's also coming off an ACL injury.

O.J. Ross and Dwayne Beckford are enrolled in classes and their status with the team has not changed, according to Purdue.
Neither played in the bowl game. Beckford was suspended after being arrested, and Ross sat after missing too much practice to attend to academic issues.
Both are projected starters.

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