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Penn State vs. Illinois: Running back Bill Belton expected back

Bill Belton appears ready to return after missing the Nittany Lions' last three contests with a nagging ankle injury.

Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Penn State Nittany Lions are preparing for a Big Ten showdown this Saturday with the Illinois Fighting Illini, and are hoping to do it with running back Bill Belton healthy and active.

Belton has missed the last three games with an ankle sprain, but seems ready for what could be a statement game, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

"He practiced yesterday and looked decent, so we would anticipate him being ready to go for the game."

O'Brien also talked about the type of back the Belton can be at full strength, considering his wide array of skills.

"Billy is a guy that has good feet, good vision, and can catch the football. So it's good to have him back, because he's another type of change‑of‑pace type of runningback."

After losing Silas Redd, it was Belton who was expected to step up and take the starter role. Apparently he'll get that chance once again on Saturday, barring any setbacks.