Penn State Football: How Nick Singleton Can Build on Explosive Freshman Season

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Penn State running back Nicholas Nick Singleton (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire)

Penn State Football boasts one of the most prolific backfields in the nation.

Last Season, Penn State Football finished fourth in the Big Ten in rushing yards, averaging 181.1 yards per game.

Freshman Nick Singleton led the Nittany Lions in rushing with 1,061 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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Singleton‘s 1,000-yard season was the 27th in Penn State history, and he averaged 6.8 yards per carry; Singleton had help with the rushing attack from fellow freshman Kaytron Allen who rushed for 867 yards.

After a successful season taking home the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award, Singleton will look to have an outstanding sophomore season.

While Allen uses patience and vision to gain yards, Singleton utilizes his speed.

Last season, Singleton had nine runs over 30 yards. With four returning starters on a solid offensive line, Singleton should not have any trouble posting another 1,000-plus-yard season in 2023.

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Why Nick Singleton Can Take Penn State Football to New Heights in 2023

Although Singleton shares time with Allen, he should see his carries increase this upcoming season.

Last season, Singleton carried the ball 156 and Allen 167. With a first-year starting quarterback, Drew Allar, Penn State could lean on the running game to ease Allar into the offense, and open up the play-action passing game.

With teams keying on the run, it could be a little challenging, but with Singleton’s speed and The Nittany Lions’ solid offensive line, there will be holes to run through.

This fall, Penn State will need to use Singleton in the passing game more; with his speed, Singleton could be dynamic in the passing game. Last season Singleton only caught 11 passes for 85 yards.

Out of the backfield, Singleton could create mismatches against linebackers and make big plays for the Nittany Lions’ offense.

Imagine a linebacker trying to cover Singleton on a wheel route over the middle. Also, Singleton would be a safety valve for the new quarterback.

Every year players should look for ways to better their game, and becoming a more established receiver will help Singleton go to a new level and make the Penn State offense more explosive.

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