UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Running back Mark Allen will be out for the remainder of the season as the result of an injury suffered last week, head coach James Franklin announced Tuesday during his weekly press conference.
“As you guys know I don’t typically get into injuries a whole lot, but with Mark being a senior, and with this being a season-ending type injury, I talked to Mark about this and made sure I’m handling it the way he would want me to,” Franklin said. “He talked to the team about it yesterday. He’s in great spirits.”
The redshirt senior was the first commitment for the class of 2014 under then-coach Bill O’Brien and was one of the emotional leaders for this year’s Penn State team.
Allen earned a degree in criminology in August of 2017 and is listed as a graduate student, according to the Penn State roster. He is one of eight members of the 2014 class left on the roster.
Allen spent most of his career backing up running backs Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders, and he was off to a solid start for the 2018 campaign, rushing for 99 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns through the first three weeks of the season.
The 5-foot-6 running back was not listed on the travel roster for the match up at Illinois last Friday, and freshman Ricky Slade took over the reins as backup to Sanders. Regarding a future for Allen, a Hyattsville, Md. native, coaching might be in the cards.
“Mark’s got a very, very bright future. He’s going to be very successful in whatever he chooses to do,” Franklin said. “He’s talking about getting a little bit into coaching. We’ve got a lot of love and respect for Mark about what he’s been able to do in his career here. But you won’t see Mark again this year on the playing field.”