May 23, 2010

Evan Royster and Stefen Wisniewski named All-America by Phil Steele

Stefen Wisniewski (top) and Evan Royster (bottom) look to lead a powerful Nittany Lions ground game in 2010.

Penn State senior running back Evan Royster, and senior offensive lineman Stefen Wisnewski have been named 2010 All-Americans by Phil Steele.
Wisniewski earned third team All-America and first team All-Big Ten accolades in 2009, starting all 13 games at center for the Nittany Lions. He moved back to guard during spring practice, where he started 12 games in 2008, helping Penn State win the Big Ten Championship and a berth in the Rose Bowl.

A starter in 25 of 26 games the past two seasons, Wisniewski is on the preliminary Watch List for the 41st Rotary Lombardi Award...

Royster has been one of the nation's premier tailbacks the past two seasons, rushing for 1,169 yards in 2009 to earn first team All-Big Ten accolades. In 2008, he was among 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award and earned second team all-conference accolades after gaining 1,236 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns.
I won't say that I'm surprised that these are the only two Nittany Lions to make the All-America teams, especially with so many of the "stars" gone from the last two seasons. But depending on how the offense develops, and a grossly under-rated defense this year, I would expect a few more names than just these two to gain recognition by the end of the season.

For now, though, congratulations to Evan and Stefen. It should be a fun year for Penn State's running game.

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