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Penn State football running back room ranked in top-3 by major outlet

The incredibly talented Penn State football running back room, led by Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen, was ranked in the top-3 nationally.



Penn State football running back room, Kaytron Allen, Nick Singleton
Oct 1, 2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Nicholas Singleton (10) runs with the ball while trying to break a tackle during the first quarter against the Northwestern Wildcats at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

The Penn State football team is nothing short of spectacular after a triumphant season in 2022. With sheer determination and a well-crafted game plan, James Franklin’s squad defied all odds by transforming a lackluster 7-6 finish in 2021 into a remarkable 11-2 record, culminating in a stunning Rose Bowl victory over the 8th-ranked defending PAC-12 Champion Utah Utes. The secret to their success? The arrival of Kaytron Allen and Nick Singleton, two phenomenally talented running backs who’ve electrified the Blue and White fanbase. As these two standouts enter their true sophomore seasons, the Penn State football running back room is basking in national acclaim.

Recently, a major media outlet ranked them third-best in the country, a testament to their hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence.

Penn State football running back room ranked No. 1 in the nation by a major outlet

The Penn State Nittany Lions boast one of the most formidable running back rooms in all of college football, led by the dynamic duo of true sophomores Kaytron Allen and Nick Singleton. Their prowess has garnered national recognition with On3 Sports — a prominent media outlet — ranking them third-best in the country. Only two other programs, the Michigan Wolverines and the Alabama Crimson Tide, were deemed superior.

Nick Singleton was a standout performer last season, becoming the first Penn State running back since Miles Sanders in 2018 to amass over 1,000 yards in a single campaign. Kaytron Allen wasn’t far behind, narrowly missing the same milestone. In addition, Singleton and Allen achieved a rare feat — both surpassing the 100-yard mark in a single game, something that had not been accomplished by a Nittany Lion since Keyvone Lee did so in 2020 during the COVID-19 season, in a triumphant 27-17 victory over Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines.

Many experts predict that these two exceptional talents will continue to dominate in the upcoming season, potentially even surpassing the 1,000-yard mark on the ground. It would be no surprise if the 2023 Penn State football running back room became the gold standard for other programs to emulate.

A better O-Line and new RB additions

The Nittany Lions’ offensive line has undergone a dramatic transformation, emerging deeper and more skilled than last season. As a result, Penn State football fans can anticipate a marked increase in production from their running back room, which will be spearheaded by returning starter Hunter Nourzad and Olu Fashanu, a potential top-5 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. So impressive is this new-look offensive line that Kaytron Allen claims it is the best in the nation, a statement that has a few experts scratching their heads, and a few nodding in agreement.

“It’s great having Olu [Fashanu] back,” Kaytron Allen told reporters during spring ball when asked about his offensive line. “Even the whole O-line, like I said, I think we have the best O-line in the country.”

The already formidable Penn State football running back room has added another weapon to its arsenal with the arrival of veteran Big Ten power runner Trey Potts, who recently committed to the program via the transfer portal. Potts brings a wealth of experience to the field, serving as a crucial depth piece for the Nittany Lions’ running game.

Potts’ arrival in State College completes the team’s rushing attack for the 2023 season, and his impact on the field is eagerly anticipated. With Kaytron Allen and Nick Singleton poised to deliver another exceptional season and the offensive line looking to dominate, Penn State football is poised to take the NCAA by storm.

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