Stephfon Green will be heavily counted on to carry the ground-gaining mantle held by the Nittany Lions' all-time leading rusher, Evan Royster, for the last three years. The most experienced among the talented stable of returning running backs, Green's quickness, vision and ability to avoid would-be tacklers make him an exciting option to carry or catch the ball. The athletic Green has tremendous work-ethic and enthusiasm and is prepared to battle for the duty as the primary ball-carrier. During the 2010 season, he became the 38th Nittany Lion to surpass 1,000 career rushing yards. He enters his fifth-year senior season with 1,085 yards, good for 36th place on the Penn State rushing chart. The swift and agile player has demonstrated a knack for big plays on offense and on special teams. A personable young man with a broad smile, Green is energetic with a great motor. He is one of seven returning Nittany Lions from New York, three of whom hail from metropolitan New York City. Green and Lion safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong played at John F. Kennedy HS.
2010 Senior Season
Playing in every game, Green was third on the squad with 188 rushing yards on 48 carries and one touchdown. He was second on the team with 17 kickoff returns for a 19.8-yard average. Green joined the list of Penn State's career 1,000-yard rushers, finishing with 1,085 yards. He had six carries for 32 yards, with a six-yard touchdown run, against Youngstown State. Green gained 13 yards on five carries at No. 1 Alabama and returned four kickoffs for 100 yards, with a season-best return of 30 yards. Green ran for 59 yards on 11 carries against Kent State, with a long run of 18 yards, and made two catches. He ran for 15 yards and had one reception in the win over Temple and returned three kickoffs for 60 yards at Iowa, along with two catches for 21 yards. Green returned two kickoffs 50 yards in the primetime win over Michigan and had a 21-yard run and a 20-yard reception in the historic comeback victory over Northwestern. Green had two carries for 18 yards and one catch for 26 yards at Ohio State before leaving the game with a slight neck injury. He returned the following week and had four carries for 13 yards against Indiana and returned one kickoff 24 yards in the Michigan State game. Green saw action on 292 snaps, led by 33 against Temple and 30 against Illinois.
2009 Junior Season
Playing in 11 games, Green gained 319 yards on 71 carries (4.5). He missed the Michigan and Northwestern outings with a sprained ankle. He scored three rushing touchdowns and had six receptions for 80 yards (13.3). His 25.5-yard average on four kickoff returns led the team. Green and Royster combined for a Big Ten-first in Penn State's 17 years in the conference in the win at Illinois. Green posted his second career 100-yard rushing game and had a career-high in carries, gaining 120 yards on 13 attempts against the Illini. He got the Lions on the scoreboard with a thrilling 52-yard touchdown burst through the heart of the Illini defense in the second quarter. Royster tallied 105 yards, as they became the first tandem of Penn State running backs to each eclipse 100 yards in the conference era. In the win in Champaign, Green was instrumental in jump-starting the Penn State rushing attack, which gained 338 yards, its highest total in three years. He gained 19 yards and scored a rushing touchdown in the win over Temple, also catching two passes for 28 yards. Green carried eight times for 58 yards (7.2) and delivered his third rushing touchdown of the season, a 26-yard scoring romp in the third quarter, in the win over Eastern Illinois. He sprained an ankle in the first half against Minnesota and missed the next two games. In the 42-14 win at Michigan State, he carried the ball five times and caught a screen pass for a season-long 31 yards in the second quarter. Green carried the ball seven times for 36 yards in the Capital One Bowl against LSU, including a huge six-yard gain for a first down at the Tigers' 8-yard line in the waning minutes to help set up Collin Wagner's game-winning 21-yard field goal. Green saw action on 225 plays on offense and special teams, led by 27 snaps against LSU and 26 at Michigan State.
2008 Sophomore Season
Green ran for 578 yards on 105 carries for a strong 5.5 average and four rushing touchdowns while playing in every game. He also made 15 receptions for 268 yards, and the team's highest average (17.9 ypg) for players with 10 or more catches. In his Penn State debut, Green thrilled the Beaver Stadium audience with his speed and shiftiness, gaining a team-high 89 yards on 10 carries against Coastal Carolina. He scored the first two touchdowns of his collegiate career, finding the end zone on a pair of seven-yard scampers. Green rushed 10 times for 52 yards, including a two-yard touchdown, in the 55-13 thumping of Syracuse. He reached the century mark for the first time in his career, gaining 132 yards on only nine carries (14.7) in the 45-3 victory over Temple. In the third quarter, he broke off a season-high 69-yard touchdown run against the Owls. The play was Penn State's longest rush of 2008, giving Green two of the squad's three longest plays from scrimmage for the season. In the win at Purdue, he ran seven times for 58 yards, including a 28-yard burst, for an impressive 7.7 yards per carry. Green took a screen pass and blazed 80 yards for a touchdown in the 46-17 win over Michigan. The touchdown was tied for the fifth-longest pass play in Penn State history and was the longest since Kerry Collins and Freddie Scott connected on an 82-yard completion against Rutgers in 1994. Green gained 23 yards on three carries in the critical win at Ohio State and tallied 31 yards on just three attempts at Iowa. Green ran for 26 yards and caught one pass for 37 yards in the Big Ten-clinching win over Michigan State. His lone reception was big, converting a third-and-17 into a first down while keeping alive a drive that would culminate in a Daryll Clark rushing touchdown and a 21-0 lead. Green saw significant playing time against Southern California in the 2009 Rose Bowl, gaining a team-high 57 yards on 10 carries and 67 receiving yards on a team-high five catches. His 124 all-purpose yards led the Lions, but he left the game with a dislocated right ankle suffered on a fourth-quarter carry, an injury that sidelined him for spring drills. Green was on the field for 269 snaps, led by 36 against Southern California and 32 against Indiana.
2007 Freshman Season
Redshirt season. Green was the leading rusher in the 2008 Blue-White game with 87 yards on 12 carries (7.2), including a 57-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game.
Green was a first-team all-conference selection for Coach Alex Vega at John F. Kennedy HS. He rushed for 740 yards, on just 50 carries, and 10 touchdowns as a senior. He averaged a superlative 14.8 yards per carry. On defense, he recorded 21 stops and grabbed two interceptions. As a junior, Green rushed for more than 1,000 yards.
Full name is Stephfon P. Green. He is enrolled in the crime, law and justice program. Born May 28, 1989.