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Penn State-Maryland: HC James Franklin Announces Captains

Kaytron Allen celebrates his first quarter touchdown.

Penn State has named its captains for today’s game at Maryland.

Kaytron Allen will be the captain for offense.

Allen, a second-year running back who came from Florida’s famous IMG Academy, has rushed for 482 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 4.6 yards per carry.

Last week, Allen had one of his best games of the season, gaining 81 yards on 18 rushes.

On defense, Maryland native KJ Winston will be the captain. Winston, a product of Maryland’s famous DeMatha Catholic High School, has become a regular starter in his second season, and has played quite well at safety. Winston’s Penn State’s third-highest graded player according to Pro Football Focus.

PSU’s safeties coach, Anthony Poindexter, told Winston early in his career to be himself, and Winston feels this advice was important  in his development.

At the time Winston heard this message, he was still a freshman, and this helped ensure that football would be fun for him.

“I feel like that was the best thing. Hearing that as a young freshman,” Winston said. “It allows you to be comfortable and be yourself and go out there and just play football like you always have since you were a little kid. So when you get that coming in, early, you’re feeling comfortable. So it puts you in the best position to feel ready to play.”

Penn State’s special teams captain today is a player better known for what he does on offense. Tyler Warren is a fixture at tight end, but has also been a factor on special teams. For last week’s effort against Indiana, Penn State named Warren its special teams player of the week.

Penn State and Maryland are scheduled to kickoff at 3:30 on Fox.

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