Rashaad Penny Is Getting Attention For The NFL Draft
No longer is Penny considered a sleeper candidate for the NFL.
As the featured back, Penny is proving he is for real.
Never mind the Power Five darlings earmarked by NFL scouts on future potential alone. Rashaad Penny is an unexpected, under-the-radar hit, seemingly out of nowhere to the general mainstream- and now demanding center stage. Penny, this season, is a human highlight reel.
Last year, Donnel Pumphrey dazzled fans with several NCAA records. In addition to now holding the title for all time rushing yards, Pumphrey was the first NCAA player ever to complete a career 5,000 rushing yards and 1,000 passing yards. Even more impressive: he rushed for over 6,000 yards.
When a player with Penny’s abilities stands in the shadow of Pumphrey, he flies under the radar of a school that is already off of the conscious of big time media.
Despite Pumphrey’s 2018 rush yard senior year, Penny still managed to rush for over 1,000 yards- a feat that had never been accomplished on the same team in the same year. Even as the MW two-time Special Teams Player of the Year, Penny still did not receive much billing.
Penny did not relent, and once Pumphrey graduated to the NFL as a running back for the Philadelphia Eagles, the lane opened up for Rashaad to go full throttle, and he is now doing exactly that.
In this fall’s season opener against UC Davis, Penny rushed for 197 yards. During game two against Arizona State he added 216 rush yards on 353 all-purpose yards. Right now he is the NCAA leader in per-game rush yards, as well as all-purpose yards.
After that game against Arizona State game, USA TODAY’s Draft Wire says that Penny is no longer a “sleeper prospect.”
One of the nation’s most underrated backs, we’ve featured Penny multiple times this offseason as a sleeper prospect for the 2018 NFL draft. Through two games as the Aztecs’ lead back, Penny is proving why he should be getting more draft buzz.
Tune in to see how he does this weekend as the Aztecs face off against Stanford. Penny’s NFL stock is sure to go up.