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Drew Allar praises game-changing skills of Nick Singleton, Kaytron Allen

The potential first-year starting quarterback had nothing but praise for his talented running backs.



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Nov 19, 2022; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Nicholas Singleton (10) returns a kickoff for a touchdown during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

When Penn State football takes the field on September 2, it’ll do so with a new starting quarterback for the first time in four seasons. While the quarterback battle heats up, whoever gets the starting job will certainly have the support of one of the best rushing attacks in college football. Recently at local media day, quarterback Drew Allar highlighted the dynamic playmaking ability of Penn State running backs Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen, and discussed the importance of the duo to the Nittany Lion offense.

Drew Allar discusses the unique skills, importance of running backs Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen

Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen completely turned around the Penn State rushing attack last fall. Going from a unit that could barely crack 100 yards a game two short years ago, Singleton and Allen have now put the Nittany Lion running backs among the discussion for one of the best position groups in college football.

Now, the duo that set Penn State and Big Ten records as freshmen are ready to take another leap forward as sophomores this season. In a few short weeks, Singleton and Allen can look to become the leaders of a potentially “new look” Penn State offense under a first-year starting quarterback. At Penn State football media day, we asked Drew Allar how having the support of talented running backs can aid the young quarterback room.

“It helps a ton, just because you can really play complementary offense,” Allar said. “The run game helps the pass game, and the pass game helps the run game.” Allar went on to explain how Singleton and Allen can change the dynamic of a game in an instant. “These backs don’t need much to take one 80 yards to the house, as we all know,” he said. “So, just being complementary to each other, and it obviously helps the quarterbacks a lot when you have two studs in the backfield like that.”

Penn State rushing attack is becoming more and more critical throughout fall camp

The importance of Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen this season cannot be understated. Whether it’s Drew Allar or Beau Pribula, the new Penn State starting quarterback will face a potentially precarious slate of four Power Five matchups and two conference road games in September.

Additionally, in light of recent reports of a mired competition at wide receiver, it may become even more critical for the Nittany Lions to pick up yards on the ground. While this 2023 offense has much potential, it’s appearing more and more likely that it will be carried on the backs – and legs – of Singleton and Allen to start the year.

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