Lee announced via Twitter Wednesday that he will be attending Mississippi State‘s annual Maroon & White Spring Game this Saturday April 15. Lee quote tweeted Mississippi State’s football Twitter account’s post announcing the date, time, and location of the spring game with a pin drop emoji, signifying that he will be in attendance for the game.
Lee has spent that last three seasons with the Nittany Lions, and has two years of eligibility remaining in his collegiate career.
Keyvone Lee was a four-star prospect out of American Collegiate Academy high school in Saint Petersburg, Florida. In the 2020 recruiting class, Lee was ranked the No. 246 overall player and the No. 24 ranked running back in the country according to On3’s Industry Rankings.
Lee chose James Franklin and Penn State out of high school over numerous other programs, and made an immediate impact as a freshman appearing in nine games with three starts. As a true freshman, Lee led the Nittany Lions in rushing with 438 yards on 89 carries and four touchdowns, adding 12 receptions for 66 yards. That season he rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown versus Michigan, breaking Saquon Barkley‘s single game freshman rush yards record and earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.
Lee took on an even bigger workload the following season as Penn State’s primary running back yet again, rushing for 530 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. He started three games in 2021, but those would end up being the last three starts of his Penn State career.
Injuries limited Lee in the 2022 season, as he ended the year with just 94 yards on 24 carries. Lee only received touches in five of Penn State’s 13 games last season, with injuries combined with the emergence of freshman running backs Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen burying him in the depth chart.
Lee may have gotten outshined by younger talent in his final days as a Nittany Lion, but him proving in his career that he can be a productive RB1 at a Big Ten program surely holds weight. Mississippi State lost three running backs to the transfer portal already this offseason, and Lee would certainly fill a position of need for the Bulldogs.
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