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Draft Scout Rashaad Penny News
03/02/18 - 2018 NFL Combine, Friday: Another Senior Bowl standout -- San Diego State's Rashaad Penny -- also made cents Friday. The 5-foot-11, 224-pound Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year helped quiet critics, clocking a pair of 4.47-second 40-yard-dash times. Penny, who led the nation with 2,248 rushing yards, starred during the Senior Bowl game, leading all running backs with 64 rushing yards and scoring on a 73-yard touchdown reception. That, however, came after a week of practice in which he struggled in pass protection and put the ball on the turf on a couple of occasions. Penny needed a strong workout Friday to reinforce the breakaway ability he showed at San Diego State and in Mobile, Ala., and he delivered, likely cementing himself as a second-round pick. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
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