Purdue looked to have pretty good depth at running back heading into 2012, but that has taken a hit.
Redshirt freshman tailback Doug Gentry has left the team, according to the Lafayette Journal and Courier. Head coach Danny Hope had spoken highly of Gentry's skills, and he showed them off in the spring game by running for 91 yards on just six carries.
The reasons for the Texas native's departure are unclear. The Boilermakers' leading rusher last season, Ralph Bolden, is recovering from another ACL surgery, and his status for the fall is murky. Akeem Shavers and Akeem Hunt are expected to handle the bulk of the carries early on in the season, but there is little experience behind them now if Bolden is not healthy.
Purdue has also used receivers Raheem Mostert and Antavian Edison as ball carriers, and mobile quarterback Rob Henry could line up in various spots as well. But as far as healthy, pure running back options go, the Boilers are looking a little thin right now.