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Penn State’s Keyvone Lee Talks About Leading Young Running Backs, Role in Offense

Photo by Penn State Athletic: Keyvone Lee had a solid debut at Indiana

Keyvone Lee is Penn State’s leading returning rusher from last season.

He went for 530 yards and two touchdowns, while averaging almost five yards a carry in 2021.

In all likelihood, Lee will be starting the season as Penn State’s No. 1 back.

Lee spoke exclusively with Nittany Sports Now at Penn State’s media Saturday to talk about being a leader of Penn State’s young backs, as well as preparing for the season and his role in coordinator Mike Yurcich’s offense.

Lee told NSN that he came to camp with one of his goals being to show Penn State’s young running backs— such as true freshmen Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen— how to prepare and get through camp.

“This camp so far the first couple days have been amazing” Lee said. “It’s a journey. I got two young ones (Singleton and Allen) under me so it made must practice different and lead by example so they can go through camp that means going to meeting, bringing your notebook. It helped me be a better leader.”

Last month, Lee was named to the Doak Walker Award watchlist.

Although Lee said he’s honored by this, he’s more focused on working on his game.

“I haven’t worried about (the award) yet because the season hasn’t started, Lee said. “I’m just locked in, grinding, working on my craft. The award is cool, but I just want to work on my craft.”

Lee said he is fully comfortable on Yurcich’s offense.

“This is my second year in the offense,” Lee said. “I know the playbook like the back of my hand and I am ready for the season.

Lee sees himself as a versatile player thats capable of helping an offense in a variety of ways.

“I will be running the ball,” Lee said, “being split out wide catching the football. I got a lot of plays where I am matched up against linebackers. I will play a big role in this offense and the other running backs will play a role in this offense.”

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