Penn State’s freshman running back duo having historic season

With three regular-season games remaining on the Penn State football schedule, freshmen running backs Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen have already put their names in the program’s record book, with each knocking off two big names in program history. And they are not done yet.

In last week’s win at Indiana, Singleton scored one rushing touchdown and Allen scored three. That brought the season total for each up to eight rushing touchdowns to set a new program record for most rushing touchdowns in a single season by a freshman. The previous record had been seven, which was held by D.J. Dozier and Saquon Barkley, two of the best running backs in the history of Penn State football. Now the record is, for the moment, shared by a pair of freshmen teammates, and it is likely that record continues to be shattered in the coming weeks.

Penn State faces Maryland this weekend, and the Terrapins have been known to give up a few rushing touchdowns. Maryland has allowed 11 rushing touchdowns this season, including two given up last week at Wisconsin and two the week before against Northwestern.

Penn State will also face Rutgers next week, and the Scarlet Knights have given up 16 rushing touchdowns this year. Michigan State, Penn State’s final opponent of the season, has allowed nine rushing touchdowns this season, so odds are fairly good Allen and Singleton will have a chance to reach double digits for their rushing touchdown total this year.

Maryland running back Roman Hemby is also within striking distance of the Maryland freshman rushing touchdown record. Hemby, with seven touchdowns this season, is four touchdowns away from tying the Maryland freshman record of 11, currently D.J. Adams from the 2010 season. Hemby can score his touchdowns in bunches, and he may need to do so coming down the stretch.

Oct 22, 2022; College Park, Maryland, USA; Maryland Terrapins running back Roman Hemby (24) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Northwestern Wildcats during the second half at SECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Hemby scored three touchdowns in a win against Northwestern, but he only has one other multi-touchdown game, a season-opener win against Buffalo with two. Hemby was scoreless last week at Wisconsin, but Penn State has given up 12 rushing touchdowns this year. Michigan scored four of them, and Ohio State scored three.

Allen, Singleton, and Hemby have all been having terrific freshmen seasons for Penn State and Maryland, respectively, and they will all be featured players in this weekend’s game in Beaver Stadium. The future of the Big Ten running back legacy should be fun to watch this weekend.

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