Roar Lions Film Room: Keyvone Lee and the Very Good, Remarkably Efficient Day

By Matthew Filipovits on September 15, 2021 at 8:00 am
Nov 7, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Keyvone Lee (24) warms up prior to the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Keyvone Lee carried the ball just eight times against Ball State, but you can make the case he was Penn State's best offensive player. He for sure was their most efficient. Earlier we highlighted Noah Cain's impressive outing, but Lee was too good to not get a spotlight of his own. Roll the Tape.

Wheeeeeeeeeeel! This is the same formation Cain's first touchdown came on, but instead of serving as a lead blocker, the play-side back wheels out and Cliff drops it right on the money. I didn't know Lee had this kind of catching ability so that's a huge development for this offense.

Quarterback sneaks are tough, but having a 240-pound running back behind you push the pile makes them a lot easier. Kudos to Lee for doing the dirty work.

Dancing like this hurt Lee last week but Ball State is a team you can do this against. Great vision and strength what should have been a loss into a small gain.

Good block by Parker Washington here to clear out some space and Lee does the rest.

The offensive line makes a good seal here allowing Lee to find the lane and bulldoze his way to the second first down in as many tries.

An RPO here - Washington comes in motion and would have been the pass option in this instance. Instead, Clifford gives it to Lee who finds the cutback lane. Make it three first downs in three plays.

Obviously, you want him to hold onto the football but this play is so fun. Kudos to Jahan here for finding a man to block and eliminating the only Ball State defender who would've had a shot to recover the fumble.

Ja'Juan Seider is doing an unbelievable job developing mature, talented running backs but Lee has some things you just can't teach. With him, Cain, and Ford as the top three guys, you'll be hard-pressed to find any defense who's eager to go against this offense.