Former Penn State Running Back Miles Sanders Named to Pro Bowl

By Nick Polak on January 6, 2021 at 8:35 am
Dec 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (26) fumbles the ball out of bounds in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
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While the Philadelphia Eagles were, ahem, disappointing in 2020, former Nittany Lion great Miles Sanders didn't let that stop him from having another strong season and earning a Pro Bowl nod in the process.

The second-year back out of Penn State dealt with a few injuries this season that forced him to miss four games. The injury trouble didn't slow him down, however, as Sanders still managed to rush for 867 yards in 164 carries (5.3 yards per carry) and found the end zone six times. He also had 28 receptions for 197 receiving yards. Overall, it was an impressive season for the former second-round pick, especially considering Philly's extreme offensive line woes doing him no favors.

While there won't actually be a Pro Bowl game this season, there will still be events for the players to compete in, which is the best part of the entire experience anyway. Sanders is the only Penn Stater represented on the team this year.

After spending his first two seasons in Happy Valley getting very limited reps behind Saquon Barkley, he took over as the starter as a junior in 2018. In his one season as the starting running back, Sanders rushed for 1,274 yards on 220 carries (5.8 ypc), caught 24 passes for 139 receiving yards, and scored nine touchdowns.

Congratulations to Miles on what is sure to be just the first of many Pro Bowl nominations!