Penn State Football

Penn State Football adds Preferred Run On with SERIOUS speed at position of need

David Kency Jr., a 5-foot 9 running back from Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, Louisiana, announced via twitter his commitment to play for Penn State Football next season.

Kency Jr. adds serious speed to the Penn State roster as a preferred walk on. Fittingly nicknamed “Mr. Flash”, Kency Jr. boasts a 10.83 100-meter dash time and a 4.4 second 40 time.


Louisiana Bred….Penn State bound! WeAre!!!

— David “DK” Kency, Jr (@MrFlash_8) January 23, 2023

Kency Jr., an All District football, track, and soccer player, will run on for the Nittany Lions, looking to become a special teams standout and providing depth for a thin, but very talented running back room.

At Archbishop Shaw, Kency Jr. ran for 1,213 yards and 16 touchdowns, earning him All District 1st team honors. In a late November game, Kency Jr. ran for a 95 yard touchdown, the second longest touchdown in Archbishop Shaw history.


Kency Jr. visited Penn State over the weekend before committing to the Lions on Monday, Jan. 23.

It is easy to see what drew Penn State Football to Kency Jr.

The season didn’t end like I wanted but here’s a look at my 95 yard TD run (2nd longest in school history) and my 65 yard run

— David “DK” Kency, Jr (@MrFlash_8) November 29, 2022

Penn State Football boasts two of the premier young running backs in the nation, with Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen each entering their sophomore seasons after contributing a combined 1,928 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns in 2022.

However, even with Singleton and Allen taking the bulk of the offensive workload for Penn State Football, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for Kency Jr. in the Lions’ backfield.

Look for Kency Jr. to carve out a special teams role with that type of speed and provide depth in the event of injuries to one of the top backs in Penn State Football’s thin running back room.

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Robert Casturo

Expertise: College Football, Penn State Football Education: Saint Vincent College, Penn State Law School Location: Washington, DC Experience: Robert Casturo has covered Penn State football for NittanyCentral since 2022. Casturo previously covered Penn State football through a social media presence (@PSU_FB_Thoughts on X) since 2019. Casturo earned his bachelor's degree from Saint Vincent College in 2015, where he was a punter for 1 season on the Saint Vincent College football team and worked in the athletic department for 2 years as a student manager. Casturo earned his JD from Penn State Law in 2018 where he was a senior editor of the Penn State Law Review.