Over the years, Penn State fans have grown accustomed to outstanding running back play. During Saturday’s annual Big 33 Classic, Nittany Nation was treated to an encouraging preview of their future backfield, courtesy of 2016 signee Miles Sanders.
Sanders, who signed his letter of intent to play for the Nittany Lions in February, stole the spotlight at the annual Pennsylvania/Maryland all-star game. The WPIAL back started the game with a bang, catching a 21-yard touchdown pass on Team Pennsylvania’s first play from scrimmage:
Sanders kept his early momentum going and dominated the rest of the game. He ended with three total touchdowns and lead PA to a 26-14 victory over Maryland. He was named the game's MVP.
Nittany Lion fans weren’t the only ones paying attention to the young back’s performance. Newly hired PSU Offensive Coordinator Joe Moorhead took to twitter to express his excitement, and to congratulate Sanders on his MVP honors:
Expectations are high for Sanders entering year one. The 5'11" back was regarded as the top prospect coming out of his home state, and was ranked the #1 overall running back prospect in the nation. He joins a talented but inexperienced backfield lead by last year's freshman phenom Saquon Barkley.
Barkley tallied an impressive 1,076 rushing yards in 2015, the highest total of any freshman in Penn State history. Sanders will need to continue to impress throughout the summer and fall camp if he wants to take carries away from last year's Freshman All-American.