Green Light for Veteran Tailback

Fifth-year senior Stephfon Green returns to the Penn State football team after a preseason suspension.

Several sources have confirmed that fifth-year senior tailback Stephfon Green has been permitted to rejoin the Penn State football team after being suspended for most of the preseason. Green Tweeted a message about his return, saying, "Just glad everything worked out and I'm back with my team!!"

Originally there was a player-led effort to keep Green in the program after he broke an unspecified team rule. A source said a player vote was held, in which the squad was in overwhelming favor of not dismissing the popular veteran from the team.

But head coach Joe Paterno clearly wanted to send a message to the Green. At PSU Media Day Aug. 16, Paterno said, "I doubt that he'll be back. Stephfon has some problems with me right now and I think for the benefit and especially the good of the football team, it might be better if he backs away right now."

Penn State's roster was allowed to expand beyond the preseason 105-man limit Monday. And the staff obviously decided Green had been punished enough, allowing him to re-join the team.

Green had 48 carries for 188 yards (3.9 YPC) and a touchdown along with nine receptions for 78 yards (8.7 YPC) in 2010. For his career, he has 224 carries for 1,085 yards and eight scores to go along with 30 catches for 456 yards and another TD.

In Green's absence, sophomore Silas Redd and redshirt junior Brandon Beachum split first-team reps. That is not expected to change any time soon.


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