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Nick Singleton outlines Penn State’s lofty goals in 2023

The Nittany Lions’ star running back is not content with Penn State’s 2023 Rose Bowl win. He wants more, such as a Big Ten title.



Penn State football, running back Nick Singleton
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — On Tuesday, Penn State’s rising sophomore star running back had a chance to speak with the media about spring ball and the coming college football season. During this morning’s media availability, Penn State football running back Nick Singleton said that his team has much bigger goals than what they accomplished a season ago, which is a considerable statement given that the 2022 squad finished in the top 10 with an 11-2 record and a Rose Bowl win.

Running back Nick Singleton says Nittany Lions are pursing a Big Ten title and more

Heading into the 2022 Penn State football season, the program had many question marks surrounding its status. Over the previous two seasons, the Nittany Lions appeared to be taking a step in the wrong direction, going 4-5 during the COVID-19 season in 2020 and 7-6 during the 2021 season. Still, the team defied the odds last year, which eventually led to an 11-2 season and New Year’s Six win — the program’s fourth 11-win season/top 10 finish and third New Year’s Six bowl win since 2016.

A major part of the success that Penn State football enjoyed a year ago was the standout performance of true freshman running back Nick Singleton, who became Penn State’s first 1,000 yard rusher since Miles Sanders in 2018. Even more impressive, he did so while splitting reps with fellow true freshman Kaytron Allen, who also stood out in 2022.

According to rising sophomore running back Nick Singleton, the Penn State football team is looking for bigger and better things this fall than what it accomplished a season ago — Singleton says he wants and Big Ten title and more.

Penn State football is gunning for a Big Ten title and College Football Playoff appearance

When asked about the goals of the 2023 Penn State football team this fall, running back Nick Singleton said the Nittany Lions are looking for more than just another New Year’s Six bowl — the Lions want a conference title and more.

“This year we have bigger expectations [than] last year,” running back Nick Singleton said when asked about the goals of the Penn State football team this year. “Obviously, we want to win a Big Ten Championship and compete for a national championship — those are our main goals. But right now, we are focused on West Virginia. Just getting ready for them and finishing the spring off right.”

The Big Ten title is something that Penn State football has come close to winning may times over the past few seasons, though it has evaded the Nittany Lions’ grasp since the iconic 2016 season. This year, few teams are as loaded as Penn State is heading into the season, and with another standout year from the Lions’ offensive backfield and the team as a whole, fans could be in store for another 2016-like season in Happy Valley.

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Chris Mangum is currently a Penn State student and serves as a writer and editor covering Big Ten athletics. He has served as a beat writer, online reporter, print reporter, and more over the past few years of his career. He currently serves as the managing editor for Basic Blues Nation and others.