Indiana Football: Hoosiers backfield loses depth with third transfer of year

Indiana football received news that another member of the roster entered the transfer portal on Thursday.

It has been a busy offseason for the Indiana football program and on Thursday, the staff received news that another member of the roster would be entering the NCAA transfer portal, joining Coy Cronk and Peyton Ramsey.

Indiana running back Ronnie Walker entered the transfer portal on Thursday, according to reports. The former three-star prospect totaled 333 total yards and three touchdowns in 22 games in his Indiana career.

The highest-rated recruit in Tom Allen’s 2018 recruiting class, Walker was passed up on the depth chart midway through the season by freshman back Sampson James, both behind Stevie Scott.

The junior back came into Bloomington with high expectations but never really received the chance to be the lead back as Stevie Scott asserted himself as the main back and one of the best in the Big Ten.

As of now, the Hoosiers have an extremely thin backfield with the loss of Ivory Winters before the season started, Cole Gest during the season, and now Walker.

The Hoosiers do have a high rated three-star running back in Tim Baldwin Jr. in the 2020 class, and is already enrolled at Indiana.

With Stevie Scott and Sampson James projected to be the duo in 2020 for Indiana, the Hoosiers are still in great shape with a ton of talent in the backfield. James burst onto the scene at the end of last year with a 118-yard performance against Purdue, with Scott out of the lineup. He finished the season with 81 carries for 275 yards and three touchdowns.

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