Purdue's McBurse still awaiting NCAA clearance

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Purdue opened spring practice Wednesday, but heralded freshman running back Al-Terek McBurse remained off the field because of an issue with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.

A team spokesman said McBurse, who graduated high school early and enrolled at Purdue in January, is taking classes and doing well academically. But he's prohibited from practicing until getting the go-ahead from the NCAA.

"The administration is dealing with that and hopefully we'll get it resolved and get him back practicing," head coach Danny Hope told The Journal and Courier. "He's a guy we need to have out here with us. We think he can help us right away."

Purdue is looking to replace Kory Sheets, who rushed for 1,131 yards and 16 touchdowns and had 37 receptions for 253 yards and a touchdown last fall. Senior Jaycen Taylor, who split time with Sheets in 2006 and 2007 before tearing his ACL in preseason camp in August, should see greater involvement toward the end of spring ball, but likely will be held out of contact drills.

McBurse, a 6-foot, 204-pound back, was one of the highest rated recruits in Hope's first class and among the team's 14 signees from Florida (Winter Springs).