Penny busts loose for Orange Coast

A running back making strides so far this season is Orange Coast's Robert Penny (5-11, 210). This past weekend, the talented tailback ran to daylight for 164 yards and two scores and so far this season he has picked up where Dominic Betts left off last season and helped the OCC offense not miss a beat...

Penny prpped at Norwalk (Ca.) High School and enjoyed a solid prep career there, but he was unable to qualify. He originally decided to head to Cerritos, but then, at the last minute, switched and signed with Orange Coast.

"I was going to go to Cerritos, but my coach in high school was also a coach at Orange Coast for a while and he said it was a good program and school for me," Penny told

Penny earned All-League honors as a freshman in 2010, but last year he had to sit out due to some academic issues.

"I just wasn't getting it done, but it got me refocused and I know what I need to do now," Penny said. "It was tough sitting out, redshirting, last season, but it taught me a lot about myself and how much I love to play ball and how important school is, so I'm focused on the right things now."

As far as his talents as a runner, Penny has the perfect build to run it between the tackles and while he said that's probably where most of his yards come from, he also noted he isn't afraid to bounce it outside, giving him the chance to take it the distance.

"Honestly, I would say I'm balanced in the way I run the ball," Penny noted. "I do most of my damage inside and I don't go down with first contact, but I have enough speed (4.45) to bounce it outside and if I get the edge, I can go all the way."

In three games for the Pirates, Penny has totaled 295 yards and three touchdowns including his 164-yard, two-touchdown effort in OCC's 34-12 win over Long Beach last weekend.

On the recruiting front, Penny is still waiting to hear from schools and he hopes a big redshirt sophomore season gets him some looks.

"I know I can play at the next level, but I also know I have to show them what I can do, so that's why this season is so important to me," he said.

Penny is on pace to graduate in March and will have two years to play two following the season.

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