Player of the Game: Miles Sanders

By Nick Polak on September 1, 2018 at 8:03 pm
Sep 1, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Miles Sanders (24) jumps over a defender during the first quarter against the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Beaver Stadium.
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Miles Sanders patiently waited behind Saquon Barkley for the past two seasons. The former five-star knew his time would come, but that knowledge surely didn't make the waiting any easier.

On Saturday, he finally got his first chance to run the show in the backfield, and he delivered. In total, Sanders rushed for 91 yards on 19 carries (4.8 ypc), had three receptions for 20 yards, and totaled two touchdowns including what turned out to be the game-winner.

It was a statement game for Sanders and one in which he announced his arrival upon the college football main stage. Though James Franklin made it clear that all three running backs will still play moving forward, Sanders proved on Saturday that he deserves the larger share of the carries.

We'll break down some of Sanders's film from this one in the coming days, but the man who dominated the overtime period deserves the distinction as this week's player of the game.

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