Penn State's running back depth has taken a hit today, as head coach James Franklin announced that one of the team's veteran tailbacks will miss the rest of the season.
Mark Allen, a senior running back, is out for the rest of the year with a season-ending injury. Franklin announced the news on his Big Ten coaches' teleconference call.
The 5-foot-6 running back had totaled 99 yards and two touchdowns so far this season.
"Mark's got a very bright future. He's gonna be very successful at whatever he chooses to do," Franklin announced.
The Athletic's Audrey Snyder notes that Ricky Slade should be the team's No. 2 running back moving forward.
"Senior RB Mark Allen suffered a season-ending injury, Franklin said. Allen is in 'great spirits' Franklin said. 'Mark's got a very bright future. He's gonna be very successful at whatever he chooses to do.' Look for Ricky Slade to be the No. 2 back moving forward," she writes.
Allen, a Maryland native, was on pace for his best season yet. His previous career high in rushing yards for a season was 115. Allen was on pace to blow past that this season.
Penn State is set to host Ohio State at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC on Saturday night.