Akeem Hunt relishes running back competition

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Purdue football team returns its four leading rushers at the position, led by senior tailback Akeem Hunt.

Despite just a 3.8 yard per carry average in 2013, Hunt is a big play waiting to happen every time he steps on the field. With all that being said, Hunt understands that at this point there are no guarantees and he must earn the No. 1 spot in Purdue’s backfield at the conclusion of spring practice.

“Nobody has a spot, it’s competition everyday and then with the depth that we do have, everybody contributes and everybody has their own abilities and everyone brings something different to the table. We have everything. We have power, speed, strength, quickness, versatility and everything,” said Hunt.

He’s not the only difference maker though, the Boilermakers will expect production from him and three other returnees, senior Raheem Mostert, senior Brandon Cottom, and sophomore Dalyn Dawkins.

“We all bring different varieties to the table and the depth is important because you have to have someone behind you to carry another workload, but it depends on who all is going to make plays,” said senior Raheem Mostart.

Running backs coach Jafar Williams isn’t sure how deep the Boilermakers will be this year in the backfield but believes his group understands the importance of doing the little things right.

“I think the depth carried over a little bit from last year. I think they know what to expect, and that’s what I like. I don’t have to coach work ethic. I don’t have to coach all those little things. But I don’t know if we have depth, yet, but we are working towards that,” said Williams.

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