Running Back Controversy at Penn State

It’s no secret that 5th year senior running back, Evan Royster, is having some problems getting going on the ground this season. As for the reasoning behind his slow start, it could be any number of factors but no one knows that answer for sure except Royster himself. We all can speculate all we want about his underwhelming performance thus far this season but how long will we continue to say he’s fine? The staff is saving him for Big 10 play? He will get it together soon? Etc…

Personally, I said after the Alabama game that Royster needs to be on the bench and we need to start Stephfon Green and or Silas Redd at running back. For whatever reasons, Evan just isn’t getting the job done with a measly 110 yards on 31 attempts so far this season after 3 games. That is a 3.5 yard per carry average. Not the start Nittany Nation was hoping for from it’s 5th year, four year starting running back. Granted Evan isn’t a flashy back with break away speed but he just doesn’t have the aggressive running style he has had in years past. He seems to dance around too much and not make one cut to the hole and lumber down field like he used to. This could be because of the offensive line blocking or because of Evan’s inability and desire to help this team win and to be back for his 5th year.

May I conclude by saying that just because Evan is a senior, doesn’t mean he should be the starting running back. Everybody knows how Joe loves playing seasoned veterans with lots of experience but the stats so far this season for Evan Royster just aren’t cutting it. To be frank with you, if we keep leaning on him, it may very well cost us a few games that are very much winnable later in the season. Put in Stephfon Green who seems to have really stepped up in a leadership role this season and is running the ball like he is on a mission. Change things up a bit by putting the true freshman Silas Redd in there who can make people miss with his elusiveness and speed. Play Curtis Dukes who has all the makings of being a legit power back in this offense. I’m sure any one of those three would be more than happy to run with a purpose and get the necessary yardage needed in order to help this team win this season. I just don’t see that same passion and desire in Evan Royster.

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