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Penn State football: Kaytron Allen graded among top 5 running backs in the Big Ten

Kaytron Allen has been pinned as a top 5 running back in the Big Ten per PFF’s grades.



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Today, Pro Football Focus released its list of the highest-graded returning Big Ten running backs ahead of the 2023 season. This esteemed list includes both members of the Nittany Lions’ exceptional RB duo: Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen. Kaytron Allen, the powerhouse running back for Penn State football, secured a position in the top 5, further establishing himself as one of the nation’s most underrated backs.

Kaytron Allen breaks top 5 among Big Ten running backs

Last season, Allen showcased his extraordinary skills with an outstanding performance. He showcased his prowess by accumulating a staggering 867 yards on 167 carries, boasting a remarkable average of 5.2 yards per carry.

Displaying his knack for finding the end zone, he scored an impressive 10 touchdowns throughout the season. Allen’s distinctive quality lies in his uncanny ability to effortlessly elude tackles, leaving defenders grasping at thin air in an awe-inspiring 27% of his attempts.

Furthermore, his exceptional talent was evident in his rank as the fourth-highest in the Big Ten conference for carries of over 10 yards, amassing a notable number of such plays. All of this incredible play earned him an 81.0 grade (Pro Football Focus), the fourth-best among returning Big Ten running backs.

Allen not getting the credit he deserves

It’s worth emphasizing that Kaytron Allen is often overlooked when discussing running backs in college football. Despite not having a flashy playing style, he consistently contributes to the success of the Penn State football offense by doing the necessary, gritty work. In fact, his impact surpasses that of many other running backs in the game, and it’s crucial to remember that he has only completed his true freshman season.

As the upcoming fall season approaches, there are high expectations for Kaytron to deliver even more impressive performances. Judging from his performance during spring ball, it is evident that both Kaytron Allen and the other top-ranked running back on the Nittany Lions’ roster are poised to have a truly remarkable season.

Penn State football fans can anticipate witnessing something extraordinary from these talented running backs in the upcoming season.

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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.


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