Are Penn State Football’s Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen the best running back duo in college football?

Last season, Penn State football saw two true-freshman hold down the backfield, and this season they are poised to be one of the best duos in all of college football.

Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen enter their sophomore seasons after finishing off a 2022 where they both saw over 150 rushing attempts.

Singleton’s 2022 stats went as followed:

  • 156 Rushing Attempts
  • 1,061 Rushing Yards
  • 12 Rushing Touchdowns
  • Averaged 81.6 Rushing Yards a Game
  • 11 Receptions
  • 85 Receiving Yards
  • 1 Receiving Touchdown
  • 14 Kick Return Attempts
  • 349 Kick Return Yards
  • 1 Kick Return Touchdown

Allen’s 2022 season saw the following stats:

  • 167 Rushing Attempts
  • 867 Rushing Yards
  • 10 Rushing Touchdowns
  • 66.7 Rushing Yards per Game
  • 20 Receptions
  • 188 Receiving Yards
  • 1 Receiving Touchdown

Although Singleton ended the year with more rushing yards and more rushing touchdowns than Allen, Allen ended with more rushing attempts.

Many around college football have made lists showing the best running backs in the big ten or the best big ten players entering the 2023 season and some of those lists are missing one name.

Kaytron Allen’s name has been left off multiple lists.

While Singleton deserves all of the recognition coming his way, Allen is being overlooked.

Both Allen (1,055) and Singleton (1,146) finished with over 1,000 total yards in 2022 so why is Allen off so many lists?

Allen had 11 more rushing attempts than Singleton and 103 more receiving yards than Singleton, yet Singleton is the one getting all the attention.

Could this mean Penn State’s duo backfield is being slept on nationally and that Penn State could secretly have the best running back duo in college football?

Only time will tell, but last year’s production from both should be a good indicator for future success.