Penn State running back no longer on roster

The future of the Penn State running game looks in pretty solid shape with freshmen Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen. But after Penn State’s latest win against Northwestern, head coach James Franklin announced a veteran running back is no longer part of the program.

Franklin announced Devyn Ford was no longer on the roster when asked about his absence on the sidelines during Penn State’s Week 5 win at home against Northwestern.

“Devyn Ford is no longer on the team,” Franklin announced on Saturday. “He’s decided that he wanted to focus on academics. And we wish him the best. I think you guys know, I praised Devyn Ford for four years and have a lot of respect for him. I wish him nothing but the best.”

Ford appeared in four games for Penn State this season and had seven rushing attempts for 37 yards and five receptions for 31 yards. He ends his Penn State career with 666 rushing yards and six touchdowns and 103 receiving yards. One of those touchdowns came in Penn State’s 2019 Cotton Bowl victory over Memphis.

Ford provided a veteran presence to the Penn State running game coming into the season. Keyvone Lee was the team’s top running back to start the season and he was followed by the dynamic freshmen duo of Singleton and Allen on the depth chart.


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