Eagles draft Miles Sanders in 2nd Round of NFL Draft

Nittany Nation

Miles Sanders won’t be leaving the state of Pennsylvania anytime soon.

The Eagles selected the former Penn State running back with the 53rd pick (2nd round) in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Sanders rushed for 1274 yards on 220 carries last season, replacing Saquon Barkley, who just so happened to go to the rival New York Giants. Sanders found the endzone nine times in 2018.

One NFL Network analyst compared the Pittsburgh native to Titans RB Dion Lewis.

More information on Sanders:

  • Second-team all-conference running back.
  • Became the 45th player in program history to rush for more than 1,000 yards.
  • Ranks 25th all-time with1,649rushing yards.
  • Earned the program’s 26th individual 1,000-yard rushing season (2018).
  • Has the 17th-most rushing yards in a PSU single-season.
  • Became the 28th player in program history to rush for 200 yards against Illinois (9/21).
  • Is one of six players in program history (nine occasions) to rush for 200 yards and three touchdowns in a game.
  • Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after Illinois (9/21) game.
  • Tabbed the Rose Bowl Game Big Ten Player of the Week following the Illinois (9/21) game.
  • Selected to Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week following the Pittsburgh (9/8) game.
  • Has five career 100-yard rushing games, all in 2018.
  • Had 19 rushes for 91 yards, with 62 yards coming in the fourth quarter and overtime, and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead 4-yard score in overtime against Appalachian State (9/1).
  • Rushed for 118 yards on 16 carries at Pittsburgh (9/8). Had three runs of 20 or more yards, including a 41-yard run in the first quarter.
  • Rushed for a career-best 200 yards with three touchdowns at Illinois (9/21).
  • Rushed for 162 yards on 17 carries with a 48-yard touchdown run against Michigan State (10/13). Also added a 78-yard run, the longest of his career.
  • Caught six passes for 54 yards, establishing career highs, at Indiana (10/20).
  • Earned his fourth 100-yard game of the season with 159 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries versus Wisconsin (11/10).
  • Toted the ball 14 times for 128 yards, with no negative yardage plays, against Maryland (11/24).

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