Tailback Reggie Pegram leaves Purdue

Coming on the heels of maybe his best game in a Purdue uniform, sophomore running back Reggie Pegram has decided to leave the program, school officials said Tuesday.

Pegram scored two touchdowns in the Boilermakers' 37-32 win over Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Bowl. He carried five times for 24 yards and had three catches for 20 yards. For the season, Pegram carried the ball 22 times for 109 yards, fourth most among Boilers running backs.

His departure thins the backfield at Purdue, which lost leading rusher Ralph Bolden to an ACL tear in the season finale against Indiana. Given Bolden's injury history, it's hard to say whether he'll regain his form. Akeem Shavers had a big bowl game in Bolden's absence, and rising sophomore Akeem Hunt showed promise during the season. The Boilers could also have another solid running threat behind center if quarterback Rob Henry returns from his knee injury in 2012.