Penn State's Belton (Ankle) Looks Healthy in Return
News:Bill Belton (ankle) carried the rock 16 times for 65 yards (4.1 YPC) as Penn State downed Illinois, 35-7, on Saturday.
Analysis: In his return from an ankle sprain suffered in Week 1, Bill Belton was effective but unspectacular as Zach Zwinak had a team-high 19 of the Nittany Lions' 52 carries. It remains to be seen if he'll pick up many more totes as his health improves, but for now, consider him a secondary option to Zwinak in the PSU backfield.
News:Bill Belton (ankle) is expected to play against Illinois on Saturday, Reading Eagle writer Richard Scarcella reports.
Analysis:Bill Belton should have a good chance of reclaiming his starting role, but he's probably best left on benches outside of Big Ten-only leagues until he proves himself a bit.
News:Bill Belton (ankle) is again listed as day-to-day on Penn State's initial injury list Tuesday, StateCollege.com reports.
Analysis:Bill Belton and fellow back Derek Day (shoulder), who have the same injury designation, both missed Saturday's win over Navy. If neither is able to go this coming Saturday against Temple, Curtis Dukes and Michael Zordich will likely share RB duties for the Nittany Lions.
News:Bill Belton (ankle) is not dressed for Saturday's game against Navy, Reading Eagle writer Richard Scarcella reports.
Analysis: Derek Day also appears to be out, so Curtis Dukes is the best bet to see the main rushing workload Saturday.
News:Bill Belton (ankle) is day-to-day for Saturday's game against Navy, Penn State's Athletic Department reports.
Analysis:Bill Belton and fellow running back Derek Day (shoulder) remain questionable to play. If neither is able to go, Curtis Dukes should take on most of the workload out of the backfield, with Michael Zordich and Zach Zwinak providing support.
News:Bill Belton (ankle) is day-to-day for Saturday's contest versus Navy, the Patriot-News reports.
Analysis:Bill Belton suffered an ankle sprain in the season-opening loss to Ohio and did not travel to Virginia in Week 2. If he is unable to suit up again -- and with last Saturday's starter, Derek Day (shoulder), also day-to-day -- Curtis Dukes, Zach Zwinak, and Michael Zordich are the best candidates to see the field at running back.
News:Bill Belton (ankle) has not practiced yet this week and is questionable to play Saturday at Virginia, the Patriot-News reports.
Analysis:Bill Belton couldn't finish the season-opening loss versus Ohio due to an ankle sprain, but still produced 53 yards on the ground on 13 carries (4.1 YPC). Coach Bill O'Brien said that if Belton doesn't practice by Thursday or Friday, he'll "probably be out of the game." Consider him day-to-day for the time being.
News:Bill Belton suffered a sprained ankle against Ohio on Saturday, Reading Eagle writer Richard Scarcella reports.
Analysis: It's not clear what Bill Belton's status might be going forward. He had 53 yards on 13 carries and 16 yards and a touchdown receiving. Derek Day is his backup.
PSU's Belton: Sharp and Aggressive Out of Backfield So Far in Camp
News:Bill Belton is described as being "sharp and agressive" in fall camp, and is apparently seeing "extensive work on inside runs and receiving out of the backfield," FightOnState.com reports.
Analysis: Though Akeel Lynch, Curtis Dukes, Zach Zwinak and Derek Day all look to factor into Penn State's backfield after the departure of Silas Redd to USC, tweets Ben Jones of StateCollege.com, head coach Bill O'Brien sees "no reason why Bill Belton can't carry the ball 20-25 times a game."
News: With Silas Redd transferring to USC, Bill Belton becomes the likely starter at running back.
Analysis: Even in a Penn State program that is set to decline in a drastic fashion starting this year, Bill Belton is a player who needs to be drafted in Big Ten-only leagues and is probably worth a pick in most other formats, too. He impressed in the offseason for Penn State and doesn't seem to have much competition for carries.