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Hope on the running game

Purdue coach Danny Hope broke down his team's running game, led by Akeem Shavers and Akeem Hunt, during Big Ten media day on Thursday.

"That has been a big plus for our football team the past couple of years. We've evolved into a good running football team. That's very important. That makes you a more physical football team on both sides of the ball. For us to be a good rushing football team is good for our defense, because they have to practice against us.

"… The fact that we have Akeem Shavers back and Akeem Hunt back is really important. They are both fast players, Shavers is a physical player. He was our second-leading rusher last year, very mature, very dedicated. Leads by example. And Akeem Hunt, a true freshman last year, we weren't sure where he would be at as far as playing Big Ten football. He was a very pleasant surprise, a class sprinter, very fast."

Shavers rushed for 519 yards. Hunt rushed for 287, 100 of which came in a win at Indiana.

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