By Harry Allison

When Penn State opens its season Saturday at Indiana, it may not have its breakout running back Journey Brown due to an undisclosed medical condition.

Penn State released a statement addressing Brown’s situation:

“Journey Brown is being treated for a medical condition discovered during the off-season and will potentially miss the 2020 football season.”

Though Penn State has depth at running back, Brown was certainly the leader. He averaged 6.8 yards per carry last season and gained confidence and productivity down the stretch. He finished with team-high 890 yards and 12 touchdowns, including a 202-yard effort in the Cotton Bowl victory over Memphis.

Without Brown, Penn State’s highly-regarded run game will rely on sophomores Noah Cain, Devyn Ford and true freshman Caziah Holmes. Cain actually became the team’s No. 1 runner in 2019 before a mid-season injury slowed him.

Ford was the highest-rated of the running backs coming out of high school in Virginia but saw only minimal action last year.

The Nittany Lions open their pandemic-delayed Big Ten season Saturday at Indiana. and then play at home against No. 5 Ohio State the following weekend.

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