With overall depth seeming to be the biggest problem surrounding the Penn State football program, which is coming off a 24-14 season opening loss at the hands of Ohio University in Bill O'Brien's head coaching debut, depth at the tailback position doesn't seem to be an issue.
That's a good thing, as it appears that sophomore tailback Bill Belton won't be available for Saturday's road game against the Virginia Cavaliers. Belton suffered an ankle sprain against Ohio and has been listed as day-to-day, but O'Brien -- during a Tuesday teleconference -- says he feels confident in the other players the Nittany Lions have at the tailback position:
We'd probably go with Derek Day, and then the other guys that will be ready to go are Akeel Lynch like we talked about, Zwinak, Curtis Dukes, those guys will be ready to go, Mike Zordich will be involved there, too.
We've got good depth at running back. Billy, obviously the ankle injury, you never like to lose a player like Billy. We think he's a really good player. But if he can't go, we've got plenty of guys there that can go.
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