What’s up with Penn State RB Evan Royster?

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Penn State was supposed to be one of the best rushing teams in the Big Ten, senior tailback Evan Royster was supposed to be one of the best running backs in all of college football. However, through three games…well, not so much.

Royster has 110 yards on 32 carries for the season, which puts him near half the 6.1 yards per carry average he compiled in his first three seasons. As a team, Penn State is averaging 140.3 yards per game (74th out of 120 FBS team) and 4.2 per carry. Facing #1 Alabama’s run defense will hurt your stats. However, what’s most troubling about this stat is the fact the #23 Nittany Lions didn’t put up bigger numbers against the two cream puffs they faced already. And Temple is no slouch this year.

Improvement starts with Royster, a guy who was supposed to rewrite the fabled PSU rushing record book this year. Considering all the legends that list entails, becoming #1 on those lists is an elite feat.

By Paul M. Banks

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Penn State’s Rushing Attack will be Dominant this Fall

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Star running backs and Penn State University go together like black guys and fat white girls.

Over the years, “Linebacker U” has coincidentally produced some of the nation’s finest tailbacks in all of college football. Quite a few have been huge busts at the NFL level: Ki-Jana Carter, D.J. Dozier, Blair Thomas, Curtis Enis. Other have enjoyed tremendous success: Franco Harris, Curt Warner, Larry Johnson.

And Happy Valley‘s current starting tailback, Evan Royster, is very high on the lists of NFL scouts. After pondering the idea of casting his net into the NFL waters last year, the 6-1, 213 pound back from Fairfax, Virginia returned to University Park  to continue his assault on the Penn State rushing record book. Some of those records are held by Warner himself, so I asked him his thoughts on Royster, and the Big Ten power program in general.

By Paul M. Banks

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