Purdue's Adams could play both ways

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Purdue wants to use Royce Adams as a wide receiver. Unfortunately, it might not have that luxury.

Adams, who played three seasons and started 19 games at cornerback before moving to wide receiver during the offseason, is listed as a backup at both positions on this week's depth chart.

Purdue has been a bit banged up in the secondary, and starting corner Brandon King missed last Saturday's game against Oregon with a thigh bruise. Corner David Pender also was limited last week in practice.

Free safety Torri Williams moved over to cornerback for the Oregon game, while Josh McKinley earned the start at safety. Adams played about 12 snaps on defense and recorded a tackle.

Hope lists King as probable for Saturday's game against Northern Illinois, but Adams is there just in case.

"If everybody was healthy, we’d keep [Adams] on offense," Hope said, "but right now, we have to wait and see what happens with Brandon."