Evan Royster became Penn State’s all-time leading rusher only 20 months ago. So not only is he one of the greatest players in program history, he also still has friends on the team who are experiencing the aftermath of the sex scandal that has rocked the football program, the athletic department and the school.
“Anything negative that happens at my alma mater I’m not happy about,” Royster said Friday afternoon. “But that’s in the past, and I’ve got a job to do here. There’s a lot of work to be done.”
Royster was the first Redskins running back to work with the first string during training camp practice yesterday. The former sixth-round pick is contending for an expanded role after averaging 5.9 yards per carry on 56 attempts late last season.
He still has Penn State on his mind, though. He didn’t sound happy after the NCAA stripped Penn State of all its wins from 1998-2011, which of course included all of Royster’s games.
“ah crap… so i lost every college football game i ever played in?” Royster tweeted that day.
Royster praised the players who are staying with the football program despite the heavy sanctions, including postseason bans and scholarship limitations, the NCAA levied last week.
“That just shows what Penn State is really about,” Royster said. “We’ve got a lot of good character guys, guys who want to stick around and help the athletic department get back to where it’s supposed to be.”
Royster has offered support to his friends who remain in the program.
“I texted the guys that I know and I told them, ‘Hey, if you guys need anything just let me know. I’m here for you guys. There’s a lot of alumni counting on you guys to keep Penn State going,’” Royster said.