Purdue to be without another offensive starter vs. Iowa
The key absences are piling up for Purdue as the Boilermakers prepare to host Iowa in their season opener on Saturday.
The latest absence comes in the form of sophomore running back King Doerue. He announced via Snapchat overnight that he will not play against the Hawkeyes due to a hamstring injury.
Doerue, who hails form Amarillo, Texas, started eight games last season for Purdue while rushing for 451 yards on 130 carries. He led the team with five rushing touchdowns while also catching two touchdowns.
Besides Doerue, the Boilermakers will also be missing key wideout Rondale Moore. The team has yet to give a reason for Moore’s absence. Moore had 29 catches for 387 yards and two touchdowns a season ago.
The one absence that may loom larger than the others is coach Jeff Brohm. The Boilermakers’ leading man contracted coronavirus last weekend. The team had appealed to allow Brohm to communicate with assistants remotely was denied by the NCAA Football Rules Committee.
For now, Purdue will head into a tough tilt against Iowa without two playmakers and will be led by assistant coach Brian Brohm, who is the younger brother of Jeff.