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Penn State Star RB Miles Sanders Is Wearing A New Jersey Number Tonight

Miles Sanders runs with the ball for Penn State.

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Running back Miles Sanders #24 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes the football against the Washington Huskies during the second half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Penn State star running back Miles Sanders typically wears No. 24 for the Nittany Lions, but the junior tailback will be sporting a different number against Ohio State at Beaver Stadium this evening.

Sanders, a 5-foot-11 junior running back out of Pittsburgh, will be wearing No. 8 in honor of his injured teammate, Mark Allen.

Allen, a fifth-year senior, suffered an undisclosed season-ending injury earlier this season. He had totaled 124 total yards and two touchdowns through three games.

Penn State officially announced the uniform number change about an hour before kickoff.

"New No. 8 in the house for PSU, as was speculated earlier. Miles Sanders wearing No. 8 to honor injured teammate Mark Allen. Sanders typically wears No. 24," Bob Flounders tweeted.

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit had previously announced on College GameDay that Sanders would be making the jersey change in honor of Allen.

Penn State head coach James Franklin was emotional when discussing Allen's injury and what he's meant to the program.

"We've got a lot of love and respect for Mark and what he's been able to do in his career here, but you won't see Mark again this year playing on the field," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"Mark (was) stuck behind maybe one of the better running backs in college football history (in Saquon Barkley)," Franklin said. "When he got opportunities, he made the most of them. For all of us, that's hard. That's hard to sit behind a guy like that when the game's really important to you, and I think the game is extremely important to Mark."

Sanders, meanwhile, has totaled 495 yards and 5 touchdowns through four games. He'll need a big game tonight to take down the Buckeyes.

Ohio State and Penn State are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC.