Penn State Football true freshman Nicholas Singleton has won the 2021 Gatorade National Player of the Year, an award that has seen many of its recent winners not quite live up to expectations.
Although Penn State Football running back Nicholas Singleton has all the tools to be an excellent running back at the collegiate level, if price history is any indication, it may not exactly guarantee he will succeed. at University.
If you’ve heard of the Madden curse or the Sports Illustrated curse, you might be surprised to know that the Gatorade Player of The Year award has an equally disturbing track record among its recipients…
Many winners of the award in the recent past have not always lived up to the hype.
Perhaps the best of the last decade is Kyler Murray, but he didn’t see his success coming until he was transferred. Many of the winners of the past 15 to 20 years are not household names to many college football fans.
Arik Gilbert and Jake Smith are both receivers who have each seen limited playing time so far as they have been plagued with injuries.
JT Daniels only had one full season as a starter when he threw 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a true freshman at USC in 2018. He is coming off a national championship ring with Georgia, albeit supporting a former walk-on at Stetson Bennett. Daniels has entered the transfer portal again and is looking for his third home in five years of college football.
Tate Martell attempted just 35 passes over four seasons at three different schools and has just retired from football after spending last season at UNLV.
After starting his career in Georgia, Jacob Eason transferred to Washington where he was able to put on a strong final college season in 2019, completing 64.2% of his passes for 3,132 yards, 23 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He is now the Seahawks’ third quarterback. So he did better than Daniels and Martell, but maybe not quite what you’d expect from a former National Player of the Year.
Andrew Brown recorded just 10.5 sacks over 4 seasons at Virginia, was drafted in the 5th round of the 2018 NFL Draft and only appeared in 23 games over 3 seasons and recorded just 18 tackled in total during this period.
Max Browne was the No. 1 quarterback in the 2013 recruiting class, but he ended up throwing for just 1,647 total yards and 7 touchdowns in 4 seasons between USC and Pitt. He went 19 of 32 for 138 yards, 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in 2017 against Penn State Football, a game in which the Nittany Lions won 33-14. He never made it to the NFL and is now an analyst.
Can Penn State Football’s Nicholas Singleton turn the tide?
Not a great past decade for Gatorade National Player of the Year winners. So can Nicholas Singleton right the ship during his time with Penn State Football?
Well, the first key is to stay healthy, because some of these past winners have struggled to stay healthy.
Another common theme with many recent winners is that many of them were quarterbacks.
Jumping competitively from high school to college can be tougher at quarterback than any other position, as the defenses they face become more complex, the offenses they execute are the same, and the windows in which they are supposed to embark become much tighter.
The jump is obviously still difficult for a running back, but not to the same degree as the quarterback.
The last running back to win the award was Jonathan Gray, who rushed for 2,610 yards and 17 touchdowns in four seasons for the Texas Longhorns. It’s a solid career, but it’s not quite what you’d expect from a former five-star running back.
The good news is that all of those former players have no effect on Singleton, and he has his own opportunity to write his own story.
He’ll be part of a deep back room, so he won’t be expected to have to be the workhorse and carry the load right away. Sharing some of his litters will also keep him fresh and healthy.
Ultimately, we can speculate all we want, but it remains to be seen if Singleton can live up to the hype of being a five-star rookie and former Gatorade National Player of the Year once he’s finished. he actually takes the field for the Nittany Lions.
I said earlier that price history would indicate that Singleton might not live up to expectations. However, Penn State Football’s history developing running backs from Pennsylvania indicates that he delivers and sometimes exceeds expectations. Just ask Saquon Barkley, Miles Sanders and Journey Brown.
If that doesn’t work, he might be able to become a star receiver for the Minnesota Twins, but let’s hope it does.