No current Penn Stater wears No. 22, so it’s back to your favorite Virginia native and standout running back Evan Royster.
Royster joined the Nittany Lions in 2006, redshirting his first year. In 2007, he rushed for 513 yards and five touchdowns as the backup for senior Rodney Kinlaw. His sophomore year, Royster took over the starting job for good, posting his highest yardage total with 1, 236 yards and 12 scores, as Penn State won the Big Ten. His junior and senior years resulted in smaller numbers, but Royster still had over 1,000 yards in each season, including finishing second in the conference in 2009. He ended his Penn State career as the university’s all-time leading rusher with 3, 932 yards.
Royster was drafted by Washington in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and spent time with both Washington and Atlanta from 2011-2015. His regular season action occurred in the first three years, including back-to-back 100 yard games against Minnesota and Philadelphia in 2011 and his first career touchdowns in 2012.