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Last year, the Boilermakers were 33rd in the nation in rushing and relied very heavily on their rushing attack.
This year they will potentially be returning both of their leading rushers—that is, if leading rusher Ralph Bolden can return from his third ACL tear, which he suffered at the end of last season.
Bolden rushed a team-leading 148 times for 674 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Behind Bolden was Akeem Shavers, who rushed 111 times for 519 yards and 6 touchdowns.
It will be interesting to see whether or not Bolden will be able to rush effectively, since he was just beginning to regain his form last season when he tore it again, a year and a half removed from his last ACL tear.
If Bolden can't play this season, or if he is not as effective as he was, it will be interesting to see how Akeem Shavers can handle the burden at running back and if he can bolster the rushing attack that Purdue needs to effectively run their offense.