Penn State's 38-24 Rose Bowl loss was difficult for the entire program. But the sting was especially painful for tailback Evan Royster.
After rushing for 1,202 yards during the regular season, and pounding out 34 yards on six early carries against the Trojans, Royster hobbled to the sideline with a sprained left knee. He missed the final three quarters, and could only watch as USC rolled to the easy win.
Not being able to play was really tough, he explained. There were a couple of moments where I almost broke into tears. I wanted to get out there on the field and help my team, but I couldn't.
The good news was that the injury turned out to be a simple sprain that healed with rest. By the time spring practice began, Royster was back at full strength.
Now a redshirt junior with 1,749 career rushing yards, he is being viewed as a leader on an offense that must rebuild its line and receiving corps. Royster, however, feels he must improve, too.
Basically, I'm just trying to make myself better, he said. I'm constantly working on my speed and agility, just trying to make myself an all-around back.
We caught up with Royster during his media teleconference Thursday. Hear the entire session in our Podcast below.
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