NORWALK – Norwalk’s own Rashaad Penny has had a historic season rushing the football for the Aztecs at San Diego State, but many fans believe he was conned out of a Heisman Trophy despite his ridiculous statline.
It’s ok though because it definitely won’t be the last we see of him.
Expect to see Penny every Sunday for the next few seasons, because he has Marshawn Lynch-type explosiveness paired perfectly with Le’veon Bell’s patience and vision.
Penny led the FBS in rushing and all-purpose yards this season, leading SDSU to a 10-3 record. His 2,248 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns were not enough to even make the top three finalists in votes.
2017 was his first season as the starting running back for SDSU, and already Penny surpassed Donnel Pumphrey’s single-season school record for total rushing yards, a record that was set just last year.
The 6-foot, 225-pound highlight reel machine returned for his last season so that he could showcase his next level abilities for the pro scouts as the featured back.
His decision proved to be the wise one considering his new stock value after finishing fifth in the Heisman voting and single-handedly dismantling the Army defense last Saturday in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.
It was Penny’s time to shine and Norwalk’s lucky Penny rose to the occasion, despite the last-minute heartbreaking defeat on a successful two-point try with only seconds remaining.
Penny went off for 221 yards rushing with four touchdowns in his last college football game of his career.
He joined elite company on Sunday becoming only the fourth player to ever rush for 200 or more yards in five straight games. Only Marcus Allen, Barry Sanders, and Jamario Thomas have done so in FBS history.
One of his greatest plays of the game will never be seen on a stat sheet, but it was definitely noted in NFL scouts’ notebooks around the league. It was on a kickoff return when Penny took on the role of lead blocker and blasted every Army defender in his path off their feet, clearing the path for his teammate to easily score to answer back before the half.
By William Odis Martin