Football gains commitment from Marist running back Anthony Purge


Anthony Purge, a running back from Marist College, has committed to Robert Morris as a grad transfer. Photo Credit: Marist Athletics

Samuel Goldberg

Former Marist running back Anthony Purge has announced via his Twitter that he will be transferring to Robert Morris for his final season of eligibility, joining as a grad transfer.

In a statement to Colonial Sports Network, Purge broke down his decision to join the Colonials and what skillset he brings to Moon Township.

“I decided to come to Robert Morris because the coaches made me feel comfortable and at home throughout the [recruiting] process,” Purge told CSN. “From me, you can expect toughness, versatility and a desire to win.”

In his time at Marist, Purge had to grind his way up the depth chart slowly but surely. In 2019, Purge was listed as the second running back on the Marist roster.

That same season, he rushed 33 times for 94 yards. Despite not finding the end zone, he was involved in the passing game as well, adding 4 receptions for 29 yards. Although he did not have much playing time in his career at Marist due to cancellations, Purge adds some nice depth to this Colonials’ roster.

Marist, and as a result Purge, did not play in the shortened 2021 season because of COVID-19. The Red Foxes opted out of the spring Pioneer League season, marking the first time since 1965 the program did not participate.

Purge adds some much-needed depth to the Colonials running back core. Purge’s speed and catching ability will be a nice addition to the Colonials’ roster.

RMU football completed just three regular-season games in the 2021 season, going 0-3. The team will begin its 2021 season at Dayton on September 4.