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Purdue running back Dalyn Dawkins will transfer to Colorado State

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Sep 21, 2013; Madison, WI, USA; Purdue Boilermakers running back Dalyn Dawkins (20) rushes with the football during the second quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

After running back Kapri Bibbs opted to leave Colorado State early to pursue an NFL career and Donnell Alexander, Bibbs’ projected successor, decided to transfer, Colorado State had a huge hole in its backfield. That depth issue was alleviated a bit Thursday when Purdue transfer Dalyn Dawkins told the Coloradoan that he will transfer to CSU.

Dawkins, who will have to sit out the 2014 season due to NCAA transfer rules, carried the ball 32 times for 115 yards and caught nine passes for 84 yards for the Boilermakers as a true freshman.

Dawkins, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, would be behind seniors Akeem Hunt, Raheem Mostert, and Brandon Cottom on the Purdue depth chart, so he sought a transfer

Dawkins was a Rivals three-star recruit in the class of 2013 and the No. 9 ranked prospect in the state of Kentucky. Colorado State was one of his six listed scholarship offers coming out of high school. 

With Bibbs and Alexander, who landed at Akron, out of the picture, the Rams’ competition for the starting role is wide open. Converted safety Jasen Oden and redshirt freshman Bryce Peters were the team’s top two running backs in the spring.

Coach Jim McElwain will also welcome four true freshmen and a junior college transfer into the backfield conversation this summer.

The Rams are coming off an 8-6 2013 campaign that culminated with a wild 48-45 win over Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl.

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