so i've been going with penn staters for these last few. here is rb evan royster. he ran for over 1200 yards last year in limited carries. he was expected to break out this year with an increased work load. things haven't been going so well thus far as the o-line has yet to find its grove with 3 new starters (the 2 returning starters changed positions though.) add that in with a gimicky 3-3-5 defense that akron threw at them in game one, and syracuse having 2 of the best defensive tackles that penn state will face. its spells disaster for a running game especially with both teams consistently putting 8 in the box.
hopefully royster's numbers will increase as the line gets more comfortable. he has great vision and acceleration through the hole. he doesn't have great home run speed but he never seems to be caught from behind either. joe always talks about how royster was a great lacrosse player in high school, and that's why penn state really wanted him. so here is a card showing him in his high school lacrosse days.
freshmen slot man devon smith may be the smallest true freshmen to see action in a penn state opener. standing at 5'7" and weighing 155 pounds, smith is the size of an 8th grader. what he lacks in size he certainly makes up for in speed. penn state coaches say he is the fastest player they have ever seen in pads. the speedster hauled in 2 passes, had one carry, and returned 2 kicks. he totaled 75 yards for a 15 yard average per touch. not bad for the little guy.
so daryll clark had himself a day numbers wise against akron. 29-40, 353 yards, 3 tds and a pick. the numbers were great, but they didn't really reflect how he played. clark seemed a little to pumped up and threw a number of balls high. he was also locking on his receivers and forcing throws. the one pick he had wasn't his fault, but he got away with 2 other balls that should have been picked.
so let's hope he sees his mistakes this week in film review and has a great week on saturday against the cuse.