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RB Stephfon Green tweets that he's back on PSU football team
August 26, 2011 - Cory Giger
Some good news came out on Twitter shortly before midnight Thursday as it appears running back Stephfon Green is back on the Penn State football team after getting booted off for undisclosed reasons.
Green's Twitter account is private, meaning it can't be accessed unless he approves followers. However, PSU receiver Derek Moye retweeted this post by Green:
"Just glad everything worked out and im [sic] back with my team!!"
Responding to that, Moye tweeted, "You and everyone on the squad."
The news that Green, a senior, had not been practicing at all this preseason was the talk of media day Aug. 16. Joe Paterno provided no details as to why Green was off the team when he addressed the situation but did say, "I doubt that he'll be back."
Paterno later added, "Stephfon has had some problems with me, and right now I think for the benefit and especially the good of the football team, it might be better if he backs away right now."
The Nittany Lion players reportedly held a team meeting and decided to show their support for Green by voting to allow him back on the squad. The ultimate decision, of course, belonged to Paterno.
Hopefully Penn State will confirm the news at some point Friday, but for now at least, it does appear Green will get to have his senior season.
Green has gained 1,085 yards in three seasons, 578 of those coming his freshman year. He's largely been a disappointment since then and lost the backup job last year to Silas Redd, the projected starter this season.
Brandon Beachum is expected to be Redd's backup. Since Green hasn't been practicing and potentially still could be in JoePa's doghouse, it's unclear where he will be on the depth chart and if he will get to play early in the season.
Regardless of how much or little he plays, it's great to see Green get another opportunity to finish his career on a positive note instead of the huge disappointment of missing out on his senior season.
Green is a good kid and has always been a respected, team-first player who has represented Penn State well with his enthusiasm on and off the field. Hopefully whatever issues he had are in the past and he can enjoy a productive season.