Purdue's McBurse to miss spring game

If you can carry the football, have health insurance and will be in the West Lafayette area on Saturday, you might want to give Purdue head coach Danny Hope a call.

Hope is scrambling for running backs to play in Saturday's Black & Gold Game at Ross-Ade stadium. Starter Ralph Bolden is out indefinitely with a torn ACL, and backup Al-Terek McBurse will miss the game after sustaining a hairline fracture in his arm during Monday's practice.

McBurse, who stepped into the starting role after Bolden went down, still should be able to participate in noncontact drills the rest of the spring. But Purdue will be without its top two backs Saturday, and senior fullback Dan Dierking has been dealing with a hyperextended knee for part of the spring.

According to The (Lafayette) Journal & Courier, wide receiver Antavian Edison played running back during Wednesday's scrimmage, and several other players, including wideout T.J. Barbarette, got carries. Despite all the injuries this spring, Hope still intends to split the team in two and have a real spring game Saturday.

"We may have to pass it a lot because we don't have a lot of running backs," he said Wednesday, "but we're in position to do that with all our quarterbacks healthy."