Penn State Snapshot Profile: No. 24 Keyvone Lee

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Going into the 2022 football season, Nittany Lions Wire will be looking at each scholarship player listed on the Penn State roster.

Over the preseason, each profile will cover where the player is from, how recruiting websites rated them coming out of high school, and what role they will play for James Franklin this season.

Keyvone Lee has been Penn State’s leading rusher each of the past two seasons in his first two seasons with the program. Lee quickly emerged as a player to watch during his true freshman season when he stepped up to make up for the sudden retirement of Journey Brown and the early injury to Noah Cain. And in 2021, Lee was one of three preseason Doak Walker Award watch list players on Penn State’s roster. Penn State’s running game failed to produce a single 100-yard rusher in any game last season, but Lee showed at times he is capable of being a featured back, although he still has some room to develop as well.

Preseason Player Profile

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Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 234

247Sports Composite Ranking

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[4-stars] | [48] | [22]

Class in 2021: Freshman

Career Stats

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Year

G

Att

Yards

YPA

Rec

Yards

Total TDs

2020

9

89

438

4.9

12

66

4

2021

12

104

495

4.8

14

115

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Depth Chart Overview

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After the departure of [autotag]Noah Cain[/autotag] to LSU through the transfer portal this offseason, Keyvone Lee is easily the best returning running back Penn State has on the roster heading into the 2022 season. Lee has led the Nittany Lions in rushing each of the past two seasons, and he should be expected to be the top running back to start the new season.

However, Penn State has added one of the top running backs in the nation in the Class of 2022 with [autotag]Nick Singleton[/autotag], and adding [autotag]Kaytron Allen[/autotag] is another nice piece to the running back group to look forward to. Given the overall lack of production out of the running game in 2021, it would not be surprising for Singleton and Allen to get some playing time this season as well.

Penn State also welcomes back [autotag]Devyn Ford[/autotag] and [autotag]Caziah Holmes[/autotag]. Ford was Penn State’s third-leading rusher in 2020 with 274 yards and three touchdowns. Holmes added 227 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2020. But each player saw their production dip in 2021 with Ford rushing for 61 yards and Holmes accumulating 27 yards as they were buried on the depth chart behind Lee, Cain, and Baylor transfer [autotag]John Lovett[/autotag].

It is also worth a reminder that quarterback [autotag]Sean Clifford[/autotag] will also be a part of the running game’s production. Clifford was Penn State’s fourth-leading rusher in 2021 with 169 yards and two rushing touchdowns, which was down from his 335 yards and three touchdowns in the abbreviated 2020 season.

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