The only thing Penn State fans know for sure about the running game entering the 2015 season is that junior Akeel Lynch is the starter. He is the only returning running back with any experience on the Penn State roster. Behind him are five highly touted players with freshman eligibility, but they are largely unknown to the Nittany Lion faithful. James Franklin has said that he wants to see two players to step up to become regular backups for Lynch.
Nick Scott very well could be one of those players. A redshirt freshman, Scott committed to Penn State during Junior Day back in February 2013 as an unranked athlete. By the time he signed a year later, he was a consensus three-star player. Penn State kept him at running back through his redshirt year, and along with Mark Allen and Jonathan Thomas, he will be competing for the backup job.
It's hard to say who has the leg up on the job at this moment with little in the way of information trickling out from training camp, but Scott certainly helped his cause with an impressive 51-yard touchdown run in the Blue-White Game in April. The future of the Penn State running game is going to be a battle between a good number of talented players, and Scott is an exciting one.
Only 24 days to go.