April 21, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tailback Bill Belton (5) reacts after scoring a touchdown in the first half during the spring game at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

Life After Silas Redd

With the departure of Silas Redd for “greener pastures” it is now unclear who will carry the mail, so to speak, for Penn State’s running game. In my opinion, there are presently only two candidates-one of who may be attending a Big Ten rival within the next week. They are Bill Belton and Akeel Lynch.

Personally I think even if Lynch stays, Belton has the inside track to starting in the opener which is less than a month away. Having gone through spring practice as a running back he does have some familiarity with what O’Brien expects. Given the uncertainty throughout the team as this season approaches I think that it is best for the team to have as much experience as possible at the running back position.

Of course, should he stay at Penn State, Lynch will certainly have an opportunity to carry the ball early and often. However, the same is true at Iowa, which has been decimated at the running back position with nine departures since 2009, including one in the past couple of days. Nothing against the Hawkeyes but I think Lynch’s depature could be a real blow to Penn State’s running game this season-and beyond.

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