WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana — Purdue redshirt freshman running back Devin Mockobee left last Saturday’s game against Northwestern early in the first quarter and was unable to return.
As the team prepares for a rivalry game against Indiana for the 2022 regular season finals, coach Jeff Brohm is unsure if Mockobee will be available by the end of the week.
“Unfortunately, Devin got dinged early in the game and he’s going through the protocol that you have to go through,” Brohm said. “So I don’t know what his status will be going into the season but hopefully we’ll see later in the week.”
Mockobee — a walk-on from Boonville, Indiana — has become a standout backfield player for the Boilermakers. He leads the team with 150 carries for 750 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
After leaving last week’s game, Purdue turned to running backs Dylan Downing and Kobe Lewis and wide receiver Tyrone Tracy to fill the gap at the position. The offensive tallyed 140 yards on the ground in a narrow 17-9 win.
Downing led with 17 rush attempts for 49 yards and Lewis added 11 carries for 42 yards.
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“Both guys played a lot of football, Dylan and Kobe,” said Brohm. “They play hard, work hard and are different types of runners. So we have to make sure we name as many games that we’re comfortable with, that they can be successful with. But I think they will work hard and face the situation and be ready to go for us.”
Tracy, a redshirt senior transfer from Iowa, hit his season high with three carries against Northwestern and 32 yards. So far this season he has registered 35 touches for 268 yards from scrimmage.
Purdue is scheduled to play Indiana on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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