Penn State RB Nick Singleton named top Big Ten freshman, 9 other Nittany Lions honored

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Penn State running back Nick Singleton proved to be a dynamic player this season and those around the conference took notice.

Singleton was announced as the Big Ten’s Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year award Wednesday afternoon.

The freshman running back was a key cog in the Penn State offense this season, teaming with fellow freshman running back Kaytron Allen to form a dynamic duo. Both were vital to the offense this season but it was Singleton who led the team in rushing yards with 941 and rushing touchdowns with 10 on 149 carries.

He also tacked on 11 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown, as well as a kick return touchdown.

Singleton was recognized as a second team All-Big Ten return specialist Tuesday afternoon and third team running back by the coaches and media.

The Nittany Lions also had one second team player on the offensive line, with Olu Fashanu selected by the coaches. He was also named to the media’s third team after announcing he would return to Penn State for one more year despite being projected as a top-10 pick.

Tight end Brenton Strange was named to the third team by the coaches and honorable mention by the media, while center Juice Scruggs made the third team for the coaches and honorable mention for the media.

Strange led Penn State’s tight ends with 362 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns, with the latter leading the team.

Several other Nittany Lions received honorable mentions — Sean Clifford (coaches and media), Parker Washington (coaches and media), Hunter Nourzad (coaches and media), Sal Wormley (coaches and media), Bryce Effner (media) and Kaytron Allen (media).

This comes after 10 Nittany Lions were honored Tuesday for their work on defense and special teams.