Penn State RB Miles Sanders Asked If He’ll Leave For 2019 NFL Draft
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 13: Miles Sanders #24 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes for 78 yards against Joe Bachie #35 of the Michigan State Spartans and Khari Willis #27 of the Michigan State Spartans on October 13, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season hasn’t gone exactly as planned for Penn State. A championship-or-bust narrative was set up for the Nittany Lions, though that hasn’t come to fruition.And yet, at 7-3 on the year, the Nittany Lions sit at No. 14 in the latest College Football Playoff poll and have a shot at a New Year’s Six bowl game.There have been a few bright spots – among them is junior tailback Miles Sanders. After taking over for Saquon Barkley, Sanders has been better than his predecessor in a yards per carry average this season.Sanders went over 1,000 yards on the season last weekend against Wisconsin and figures to out-do Barkley’s 1,271 rushing yards from the 2017 season. While Barkley has the edge in his ability to catch the ball, Sanders can do it all as well.With Sanders’ solid performance at Penn State this year, many are wondering if he’ll leave for the NFL draft. The star running back says he hasn’t “ever thought about it this year.”Penn State RB Miles Sanders, a junior, asked about the possibility of early NFL draft entry at start of media session: “I haven’t ever thought about it this year.”— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) November 14, 2018Penn State has significant depth at the running back position, but could stand to benefit from Sanders returning for his senior season. However, it might benefit Sanders to leave the Nittany Lions after this season.Another year of wear-and-tear at the collegiate level provides an unnecessary risk of injury. And yet, it could provide a platform for Sanders to prove he’s one of the best backs in the country.There are arguments on both sides of the coin. Only Sanders knows what he’ll do after this year.