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RB Drake Anderson enters the transfer portal

Northwestern’s two leading rushers will not return to Evanston next year.

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Northwestern running back Drake Anderson has entered the transfer portal, according to Rivals.

Anderson led all Wildcat backs with 289 rushing yards in his redshirt sophomore season, adding two touchdowns on 4.1 yards per carry. He had standout games against Maryland (103 yds and 1 TD) and Nebraska (89 yards and 1 TD). The son of All-American NU running back Damien Anderson flashed his agility and open-field ability on several occasions but struggled with consistency.

He finishes his career in Evanston with 926 yards and five touchdowns on 4.1 YPC. It’s a bit of a surprising move, as Anderson started several games this season. However, he fumbled his only carry against Illinois and did not see the field in the Big Ten Championship Game.

It would appear that true freshman Cam Porter’s ascension has helped clear himself a path to being Northwestern’s bell cow back going forward with Anderson and Isaiah Bowser both entering the portal. Redshirt freshman Evan Hull is the only other projected returner in NU’s offensive backfield, and it is unknown whether Jesse Brown will exercise his extra year of eligibility to come back in 2021. Four-star running back Anthony Tyus III is set to join Lou Ayeni’s unit next year.

Anderson is the seventh Wildcat to enter the transfer portal since the Big Ten Championship game.