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Rashaad Penny San Diego State Aztecs Running Back 5-10, 220, 4.52, #20 Norwalk, California Norwalk High School Born February 2, 1996
Ö12/27/2017 - Penny scores four TDs in bowl loss: Penny entered the season already leading the nation with 2,027 rushing yards and he built upon that in spectacular fashion (albeit in a losing effort) against Army in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, rushing for 221 yards and four touchdowns (on just 14 carries) in the 42-35 defeat.
It is hard not to venture into hyperbole when describing Penny, who simply led the nation with 2,248 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns in 2017 - his first season as the Aztecs' full-time running back.
He was a dominant high school player, rushing for 2,504 yards and 41 touchdowns in his senior season alone and earning interest from high profile programs like Alabama, Notre Dame and Washington - but was relegated to kick return and backup duty most of his career with San Diego State already featuring another future pro in Donnel Pumphrey, who left the Aztecs as college football's all-time leading rusher with 6,405 career rushing yards.
Perhaps because his 5-foot-9, 180 pound predecessor - who the Philadelphia Eagles traded up to draft in the fourth round last spring - was so successful, Penny has not received the national attention that his production and talent deserve. He certainly made the most of his opportunities, taking the first of his two carries as a true freshman for 21 yards and averaging a cool 25 yards as the team's primary kick returner, good for second in the Mountain West Conference.
With Pumphrey earning the bulk of the carries, Penny quietly averaged six yards per carry as a sophomore, rushing for 368 yards and four touchdowns while also chipping in eight receptions for another 120 yard and a score. The vision, elusiveness and breakaway speed which soon would make him the country's most successful runner, however, was best exhibited early on as a kick returner, where Penny earned All-American honors and was the first Aztec to ever be voted the Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Year after averaging 33.5 yards per attempt and returning three kickoffs back for touchdowns (97, 100 and 100 yards), both tied for second in all of college football.
San Diego State head coach Rocky Long could do no wrong with his backs in 2016 with Pumphrey overtaking former Wisconsin great Ron Dayne as the all-time leading rusher in college football with 2,133 yards (on 349 carries) and Penny seeing his attempts doubled from his sophomore season, averaging a team-high 7.5 yards per tote and gashing defenses for 1,018 yards and 11 scores on just 136 carries. His big plays continued as a receiver and returner, with 15 grabs in 2016 for a career-high 224 receiving yards and three touchdowns and repeating as the Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Year with two more long returns for scores (100, 93) against California and Wyoming, respectively.
With Pumphrey off to fly with the Eagles, Penny finally had his chance to shine in 2017. He wasted little time in proving easy money, rushing for 197 yards and two scores in a season-opening warmup against UC-Davis before leading the Aztecs to impressive wins over Pac-12 foes Arizona State and Stanford with totals of 216 and 175 rushing yards and a score in each game, respectively. Penny was especially flashy on the road against the Sun Devils, silencing the crowd with a career-long 95 yard touchdown run from scrimmage. He proved the proverbial bell-cow with career-highs in rushing attempts (32) and receptions (five for 31 yards) in a grinding 20-17 win over Stanford. Penny was especially dominant down the stretch, rushing for at least 200 yards and multiple touchdowns in the final five games of the year against Hawaii (30 rushes for 253 yards and two touchdowns), San Jose State (20-234-3), Nevada (24-222-2), New Mexico (22-203-2) and capping his career against Army in the Armed Forces Bowl (14-221-4). If there was any concern by Long or the SDSU staff of taking the shine off Penny by overloading him, it didn't take away from his kick return attempts with the senior runner again leading the Aztecs with 521 yards on 17 attempts with two more touchdowns. Why didn't the Aztecs try him at punt returner, you might be thinking? They did in 2017 with Penny returning one of his two attempts 70 yards for another score (Nevada).
While critics will point out that the relative lack of NFL prospects on the Mountain West defenses Penny faced, his statistics and consistency as a runner, receiver and returner are undeniable. Penny registered a run of at least 21 yards in all 13 games in 2017 and gains of at least 50 yards in eight of them - including touchdowns runs of 81 yards (Army), 82 yards (San Jose State) and 95 yards (Arizona State). He returned seven kickoffs for touchdowns over his career, including at least two each of the past three seasons. He averaged 30.2 yards per return over 81 attempts and four years as a starter.
Perhaps best of all, because Penny was largely relegated to backup status behind Pumphrey, he still should have plenty of tread left on the tires. Penny leaves San Diego State as a four-year difference-maker despite a relatively low 613 career touches, less than many of the other top senior running backs, including Oregon's Royce Freeman (1,026), as well as Georgia's Nick Chubb (756) and Sony Michel (629), even prior to the Rose Bowl.
BACKGROUND A three-time letter-winner at Norwalk High School in Norwalk, Calif. ... Rushed for 2,504 yards and 41 touchdowns on 216 carries as a senior ... Also caught 21 passes for 665 yards and 10 touchdowns ... Over his career, amassed 5,124 rushing yards on 496 carries (10.33 avg.) ... Scored 103 touchdowns, including 80 on the ground ... Made 68 tackles on defense as a senior and 90 overall ... Was named the Suburban League MVP as a senior, while earning first-team all-Suburban League honors his final three years ... Named first-team all-state ... Received three stars from Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247sports.com ... Picked SDSU over offers from Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, San Jose State and Utah State ... Also drew interest from Alabama, Notre Ö
STRENGTHS Possesses an ideal frame for the position with a compact, powerful build and a muscular lower half Quick to the hole, showing excellent vision and anticipation to find creases (including cutback lanes) as well as the smooth acceleration to gobble up yardage quickly with legitimate breakaway speed. Good flexibility through his core and hips to "dead-leg" defenders, leaning left and right to make it difficult to for opponents to get a direct shot on him. Strong lateral cuts to elude and doesn't need to slow down to make them. Trustworthy with the ball in his hands, showing good judgement as to when to lower his shoulder and scrap for what he can and when to bounce things outside - rarely running himself into trouble by getting too greedy or under-estimating opponents... Doesn't shy from contact, lowering his shoulder and keeping his legs churning, often spinning through it to break tackles. Finishes his runs, showing the competitiveness and toughness to be a bell-cow, as well as a naturally low center of gravity and balance which help him fall forward, picking up the "dirty yards." Trusted ball-skills as a four-year starting kick returner with 41 career receptions. Soft hands and good concentration to quickly latch onto the ball, showing the ability to track over his shoulder. Split out wide as a receiver, at times, showing the burst and body control to shake free. Excellent ball security with just three fumbles (two lost - UNLV, Fresno State) in 327 combined rushing/receiving/return attempts in 2017... -- Rob Rang 12/29/2017
WEAKNESSES Average level of competition and played in a run-first offense that also helped his predecessor dominate... Is not a physically imposing back with rare size... More smooth than sudden to and through the hole... Rarely asked to run complicated routes, even when split out wide. Willing in pass protection but needs to do a better job of bending his knees and initiating the contact with the rusher, rather than absorbing the blow and playing the role of the nail meeting the hammer. Only three fumbles in 2017 but does not always protect the ball with two hands and occasionally sneaks a peek at the defense before securing the pitch... - Rob Rang 12/29/2017
COMPARES TO: Hall of Famer Curtis Martin, Patriots/Jets - It is always a presumptuous to compare a college prospect to a legend but Penny possesses a similar frame, vision, versatility and blue-collar style as the 5-11, 210 pound Martin, who made an immediate impression in his first season as the starter in New England, leading the AFC in rushing yards and earned the yellow jacket largely based on his consistency, including rushing for over 1,000 yards in each of his first 10 seasons in the NFL.
IN OUR VIEW:Despite leading the country in rushing, Penny was inexplicably not among the finalists for the Heisman and Doak Walker (nation's top running back) Awards, an indictment, frankly, on the voting for each. Don't expect scouts to care. The prototypically-built Penny is a contender to be at least the first senior running back off the board and perhaps second at the position overall behind consensus Penn State's Ö
Penny (Norwalk, Calif.) has been named a 2017 FBS Consensus All-American and is the third Aztec to earn consensus All-America honors, joining Marshall Faulk 1992 and 1993, and Kyle Turley in 1997. To be selected a consensus All-American, a player must be named first team on at least two of the five selected All-America teams - American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation - with second teams being used to break ties. Penny earned first-team All-America accolades from the AP, FWAA and The Sporting News, and second-team recognition from Walter Camp.
Penny, who on Saturday finished fifth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy (most outstanding player in college football), has also been chosen as a first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated, USA Today, ESPN, CBS Sports, All-American and Bleacher Report, and a second-team pick by SB Nation and also CBS Sports as an all-purpose player. Penny has rushed for a NCAA FBS-best 2,027 yards and 19 touchdowns on 275 carries (7.4 avg.), while adding 18 catches for 142 yards (7.9 avg.) and two touchdowns, 15 kickoff returns for 459 yards (30.6 avg.) and two touchdowns, and two punt returns for 70 yards (35.0 avg.), including a 70-yard touchdown.
A finalist for the 2017 Walter Camp Player-of-the-Year award, and a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award (college player of the year) and Doak Walker Award (nationís premier running back), Penny currently leads FBS in rushing yards (2,027), rushing yards per game (168.9), all-purpose yards (2,698) and all-purpose yards per game (224.8), and is second in total touchdowns (24), points (144) and points per game (12.0), tied for third in rushing touchdowns (19), tied for fifth in kickoff return touchdowns (2), sixth in rushing yards per carry (7.4), seventh in kickoff return average (30.6) and tied for 10th in punt return touchdowns (1). Penny has rushed for at least 100 yards in 10 of the teamís 12 games this year and five times has eclipsed 200 yards.
Was named the MW Special Teams Player of the Year for a second straight season and also was a first-team all-MW pick ... Was the second kick returner in conference history to win the special teams player-of-the-year award twice (also Jeremy Kerley, 2009-10 at TCU) and the third player overall (also Louie Sakoda, 2006-08 at Utah) ... Was named the team's most valuable special teams player for a second straight season ... Was on the Paul Hornung Award Watch List, which goes out to the most versatile player ... Also was a preseason second-team All-American as a kick returner by both CBS?Sports and Athlon Sports ... Was chosen as the preseason Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year by the league's media ... Also was a first-team all-Mountain West selection by the MW?media, Phil Steele's 2016 College Football Preview, ESPN?College Football 2016, Athlon Sports and Lindy's Sports ... Also deemed a "SDSU?Player to Watch" by Lindy's Sports ... Rushed for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns on 136 attempts (7.5 avg.), while adding 15 catches for 224 yards (14.9 avg.) and three touchdowns ... The 1,018 yards ranked as the 21st most in SDSU single-season history ... Also returned 20 kickoffs for 624 yards (31.2 avg.) and two additional scores ... Was one of only nine players in the country with at least 11 rushing touchdowns and three receiving scores, and the only with a kick return TD as well (he had two) ... Had a touchdown in nine straight games, registering 11 total touchdowns over that span (six rushing, three receiving and two kick return), until he failed to score at Fresno State ... Ranked fourth in the nation (No. 1 in MW) in kick return average (31.2), despite being kicked away from most of the year as the defending MW Special Teams Player of the Year and preseason MW Special Teams Player of the Year ... Was also ranked first in the MW (No. 2 nationally) in kick return touchdowns (2), fifth in total touchdowns (26th nationally, 16), sixth in all-purpose yards per game (29th nationally, 133.29), and ninth in rushing yards per game (72.72) and rushing touchdowns (57th nationally, 11).
Only 14 running backs had more receiving touchdowns than his three ... Carried nine times off the bench for 33 yards (3.7 avg.) with a 1-yard touchdown in the opener vs. New Hampshire ... Was named the MW?Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 12 for his play against California ... Scored SDSU's first two touchdowns in the first quarter on a 25-yard pass from Christian Chapman and a 100-yard kick return ... The kick return touchdown was the fourth of his career, which passed Colin Lockett (2010-13) for the most in school history ... It was also the third 100-yard kick return of his career and sixth in program history ... Added eight rushes for 28 yards (3.5 avg.) ... Rushed 14 times for 65 yards, while adding two catches for 37 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown reception at Northern Illinois ... Rushed nine times for 62 yards and a touchdown at South Alabama ... Also returned three kicks for 58 yards (19.3 avg.) with a long of 26 yards ... Had another big game against UNLV, rushing 14 times for a 110 yards and a touchdown, and adding two catches for 50 yards and a touchdown ... The rushing yards, rushing touchdown, receptions, receiving yards and receiving TD were all personal bests ... Recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game (75th player in school history) ... Scored a touchdown for the ninth straight game, which gave him 11 touchdowns over that span, including six rushing, three receiving and two kick return ... Rushed 15 times for 49 yards (3.3 avg.) at Fresno State and added a 5-yard catch ... Also returned two kicks for 41 yards (20.5 avg.) with a long of 25 yards ... Had his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown snapped at nine ... Rushed nine times for 105 yards (11.7 avg.) and a career-high three touchdowns, while adding two catches (tied career high) for a career-best 64 yards against San Josť State ... It was his second career 100-yard game and second in three contests ... Highlighting the 105-yard game was a career-long 73-yarder ... Rushed five times for 16 yards (3.2 avg.) and caught a pass for no gain in limited action at Utah State ... Had a 56-yard kick return, but slightly injured his ankle on the play and saw little action the rest of the way ... The 56-yard return, however, moved him past Monty Gilbreath (1,505) into second place on the school's all-time list.
Rushed eight times for 108 yards and a touchdown against Hawai'i ... Logged his third career 100-yard rushing game ... His 73-yard touchdown tied a career-long rush ... Rushed 10 times for a career-high 208 yards and two touchdowns at Nevada ... Became the 20th player in school history with a 200-yard rushing game ... The 20.8 rushing average was the highest by an FBS running back in a game since at least 1996 (min. 10 attempts) ... Logged his fourth career 100-yard rushing game, all of which happened over his last six games ... Rushed five times for 79 yards (15.8 avg.) and had two kick returns for 94 yards, including a 93-yard return for a touchdown at Wyoming in his first start of the season (fifth overall) ... Had his second kick return for a touchdown this season and extended his school record with the fifth of his career ... Totaled 395 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries (17.2 avg.) over his last three games, and 516 yards and six touchdowns on 37 carries (13.9 avg.) over his last five contests ... Carried four times for 15 yards (3.8 avg.) against Colorado State, while returning a career-high seven kicks for 113 yards (16.1 avg.) ... Had a huge game at Wyoming in the MW?Championship game, rushing 16 times for 117 yards (7.3 avg.) and two touchdowns, while adding two receptions for 13 yards and two kick returns for 113 yards, compiling a game-high 243 all-purpose yards ... Was named the game's most valuable offensive player for his efforts ... It was his 10th and 11th rushing touchdowns of the year (14th and 15th of his career) and 15th and 17th overall scores this season (23rd and 24th of career) ... Rushed 10 times for 23 yards, while adding a 4-yard catch vs. Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl ... Also returned two kicks for 29 yards (24.5 avg.) ... Became the 17th Aztec to record a 1,000-yard season (24th occasion overall) ... Finished the season with 1,018 yards, which ranks 21st in SDSU single-season history.
Was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year by the league's head coaches and media, and a first-team all-league pick as a kick returner ... Was the first Aztec to be named a league special teams player of the year in program history ... Also was named a fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele Magazine ... Was chosen as the Most Valuable Special Teams Player at the season-ending team banquet ... Was named a fourth-team preseason all-Mountain West selection as a kick returner by both Phil Steele and Athlon Sports ... Ranked third on the team with 1,292 all-purpose yards in 14 games (92.3 avg.) ... Was most impressive in the kick return game, where he returned 24 kicks for 804 yards (33.5 avg.) with three touchdowns (97, 100 and 100 yards) ... Was second in FBS in kick return average (33.5) and tied for second in kick return touchdowns (3) ... His three kick return touchdowns set a school single-season record ... His 804 kick return yards were the second most in Aztec single-season history (Monty Gilbreath, 880 in 1987) ... Also rushed 61 times for 368 yards (6.0 avg.) and four touchdowns, and had eight catches for 120 yards (15.0 avg.) and another score ... Added five tackles on special teams ... His three tackles on punt returns tied for second on the team ... Had a fantastic season debut vs. San Diego, taking the opening kickoff of the second half 97 yards for a touchdown ... It was the first kick return touchdown by an Aztec since Lockett on Nov. 3, 2012 at Boise State ... Was one of nine players in FBS with at least one kick return for a touchdown over the first week of play ... The 97-yard kick return was the fifth longest in FBS play during the opening week and tied for the eighth longest in SDSU history.
Also led the team with 39 receiving yards on two catches (19.5 avg.) and added a 6-yard carry ... Had another solid outing at California, leading the Aztecs once again with 130 all-purpose yards ... Returned three kickoffs for 93 yards (31.0 avg.), rushed five times for 34 yards (6.8 avg.) and caught one pass for three yards ... Returned two kicks for 34 yards (17.0 avg.), including a long of 25 against South Alabama ... Did not attempt a rush or catch a pass in the game ... Had a career game at Penn State, being named the MW?Special Teams Player of the Week ... Returned two kicks for a career-high 137 yards (68.5 avg.), including a 100-yard touchdown (fourth 100-yard kick return touchdown in Aztec history) that tied the game at 7-7 in the first quarter ... It was just the fifth kick return for a San Diego State player in a road game since 1996 and first since Nov. 3, 2012 with Lockett's 100-yarder at Boise State ... Also added a 55-yard rush, the longest of his career and first 50-plus yard run against the Nittany Lions since Nov. 23, 2013, and two solo tackles on special teams ... Finished the game with a career-best 192 all-purpose yards on just three touches (64.0 avg.) ... Had another good game vs. Fresno State, making two catches for a team-high 48 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown, adding a 17-yard rush and returning a kick back 18 yards ... The receiving touchdown was the first of his career ... Also set career highs in receiving yards (48), receptions (2, tied) and long reception (33) ... Returned two kicks for 34 yards at Hawai`i ... Also added a special teams tackle ... Had a 33-yard kick return at San Josť State, and rushed five times for 11 yards (2.2 avg.) ... Had a good game vs. Utah State, rushing a career-high 10 times for 38 yards and his first career touchdown ... Also returned a kick 22 yards ... Earned the start for the first time of his career at Colorado State.
Finished with 135 all-purpose yards (second most in the game) with 81 yards on three kick returns (27.0 avg.) and a long of 41 yards, and 54 rushing yards on nine attempts (6.0 avg.) ... Had a 6-yard rush against Wyoming in a second straight start ... Also returned two kicks for 50 yards (25.0 avg.) with a long of 28 yards ... Rushed for a career-high 81 yards and a touchdown on a career-best 18 attempts (4.5 avg.) off the bench at UNLV ... Also added a 2-yard reception ... Rushed six times for 21 yards and a touchdown in his third career start vs. Nevada ... Also caught two passes for 28 yards (14.0 avg.) and returned a kick for 18 yards ... The 18-yard return appeared to be returned 90 yards for a touchdown but a holding penalty kept it at just as a 18-yard return ... Had another good game in a start against Air Force with a 28-yard rushing touchdown and 87 kick returns yards on four returns (21.8 avg.) ... It was his fourth rushing touchdown this season (and of his career) ... Started out the Hawai`i Bowl with a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown against Cincinnati ... The kickoff return for a touchdown was his school-record third of the season and third of his career (tied with Colin Lockett for first all-time at SDSU) ... He became the first player to take an opening kickoff back for a touchdown in a bowl since Boise State's Doug Martin in the 2011 Las Vegas Bowl ... It was his eighth overall touchdown of the season (and career) (also four rushing and one receiving) ... Also carried three times for 17 yards (5.7 avg.).
Played in all 13 games as the team's main kick returner ... Returned 20 kicks for 500 yards (25.0 avg.) with a long of 57 yards ... The 25.0 average ranked second in the Mountain West and 29th in the nation ... Also had two rushes for 22 yards, including a long of 21 yards ... Was one of three true freshmen to see action in the opener vs. Northern Arizona ... Did not record a stat as both kickoffs were pooched ... Returned his first career kickoff at No. 21/23 North Carolina, taking it back 11 yards ... Had a 19-yard kick return at Oregon State ... Had a 15-yard kick return in the MW opener vs. UNLV ... Had the best kick return game of his career at Fresno State, returning a career-high three kicks for a career-best 67 yards (career-high 22.3 avg.) ... Included in the three returns was a career long of 33 yards ... Was back to return kicks once again at New Mexico, but did not have the chance to return any ... Started as the team's kick returner vs. Hawai`i, but did not return any kicks.
Had arguably his best outing of the year at Nevada, when he returned a career-high four kicks for a career-best 110 yards, including a career-long 45-yarder ... Also had his first career carry for 21 yards ... Finished with a game-high 131 all-purpose yards ... Returned one kickoff for 41 yards against Idaho ... Returned three kicks for 69 yards (23.0 avg.) at Boise State with a long of 36 yards ... Also carried once for a 1-yard gain ... Returned two kickoffs for 49 yards (24.5 avg.) against Air Force with a long of 28 yards ... Had a 12-yard kick return vs. San Josť State ... Had a solid outing vs. Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl, returning three kicks for 107 yards (35.7 avg.) ... Began the game with a 33-yard return, then added a career-long 57-yarder on his next return ... Later returned a kickoff 17 yards in the fourth quarter.
A three-time letterwinner at Norwalk High School in Norwalk, Calif. ... Rushed for 2,504 yards and 41 touchdowns on 216 carries as a senior ... Also caught 21 passes for 665 yards and 10 touchdowns ... Racked up 3,416 all-purpose yards ... Rushed for 1,872 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior and 747 yards and nine scores as a sophomore ... Over his career, amassed 5,124 rushing yards on 496 carries (10.33 avg.) ... Scored 103 touchdowns, including 80 on the ground ... Made 68 tackles on defense as a senior and 90 overall ... Was named the Suburban League MVP as a senior, while earning first-team all-Suburban League honors his final three years ... Named first-team all-state ... Received three stars from Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247sports.com ... Scout ranked him as the 42nd-best running back in the 2014 class, while 247sports had him 63rd ... Earned a grade of 84 by 247sports and a scout grade of 73 by ESPN.
Rashaad Armein Penny was born Feb. 2, 1996, in Norwalk, Calif. ... Son of Robert and Desiree Taplin ... Picked SDSU over offers from Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, San Josť State and Utah State ... Also drew interest from Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah and Washington, among others ... Is majoring in interdisciplinary studies.
Draft Scout Player News
01/27/18 - RB Rashaad Penny struggled during the week of practice, putting the ball on the ground several times and drawing the wrath of the Houston Texans' coaching staff with a false start. The vision, stutter-step, quick acceleration and soft hands which helped the 5-11, 224-pounder lead the nation in rushing yards in 2017 and earn Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Year the past three seasons showed up Saturday. Penny led all participants in all-purpose yards, highlighted by a 37-yard burst up the middle in the first quarter, and a 73-yard catch-and-run following a pretty little flip pass by Virginia's Kurt Benkert.
01/24/18 - Senior Bowl Wednesday: Just as disconcerting for scouts is the poor play of the 5-11, 224-pound Penny, who galloped for 2,248 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2017 for San Diego State. While scouts remain intrigued by his vision, agility and straight-line speed, Penny has struggled with ball security, putting the ball on the ground at least four times over the first two days of practice, including mishandling returns and fumbling twice.
Penny's struggles as a returner are perhaps especially surprising given that he earned Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year honors in 2017, becoming the first player to earn the award three consecutive years. He scored eight return touchdowns -- seven off kick returns -- in his career. Penny's lack of focus has drawn the ire of the Texans' coaches, who pulled him from the lineup during scrimmaging after a false start. Penny appeared to get an early jump on another play late in Tuesday's practice, as well. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/22/18 - 2018 Senior Bowl: 7 Potential Breakout Players: Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State, #20, South...Somehow Heisman Trophy (and Doak Walker) panelists failed to vote him among the awards' finalists, despite the fact Penny led the country with 2,248 rushing yards. Don't expect NFL scouts to show a similar disregard for Penny's value. Boasting a prototypical combination of size (5-10, 220), vision and breakaway speed (eight runs of 50-plus yards in 2017), Penny is rated higher on NFLDraftScout.com's board than SEC stars Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Kerryon Johnson, checking in third among running backs and 41st overall. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/04/18 - 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Running back...Rashaad Penny, San Diego State (Armed Forces): Penny rushed for 221 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries in the Aztecs' 42-34 loss to Army . He joined USC's Marcus Allen (1981), Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders (1988) and North Texas' Jamario Thomas (2004) as the only Football Bowl Subdivision players ever to run for at least 200 yards in five straight games. - AP College Football
12/05/17 - 2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): PR/KR Rashaad Penny Sr. San Diego State,...Penny became the first returner in league history earn the MW Special Teams Player-of-the-Year award in three consecutive seasons (2015-17) and the second player overall (also Utah kicker Louie Sakoda from 2006-08). The Aztecs have now won the MW Offensive Player-of-the-Year award three straight years (Donnel Pumphrey in both 2015 and 2016, Penny in 2017), the first time that has happened in league history. - San Diego State Football