MINNEAPOLIS -- Evan Royster still has yet to break Penn State's career rushing record, and it's starting to look more and more like true freshman Silas Redd just may be the best running back on the team.
Royster carried 10 times for 62 yards against Minnesota, putting his career total at 3,368. He needs 31 yards to surpass Warner's mark of 3,398.
"I just want to stop hearing about it, have it behind me and move on," said Royster, who sounded indifferent when asked about getting to break the record at home next week against Michigan.
Redd, the third-string tailback behind Royster and Stephfon Green, gave the Nittany Lions a boost with 71 yards on nine carries. He also carried the load on a key drive that led to a sealing touchdown in the fourth quarter,
Redd busted free for 26 yards from his own 40, and on the next play he scampered 20 yards to the Minnesota 14. The freshman was playing against the worst run defense in the Big Ten, but he showed the same quick feet and hard running style that's been on display all season in limited opportunities.
"Redd's gonna be pretty good," Joe Paterno said. "He makes a lot of mistakes, and he's got to learn how to pass protect a little bit better. But he's gonna be a good player."
Redd has carried 29 times for 175 yards this season, averaging 6 per carry. He has more yards in fewer carries than Green (41 for 136), who has never been able to fully showcase the explosive running style people expected when he came to Penn State.
Royster has been impressed by Redd's progress.
"He played great today," Royster said. "He's a major asset to our offense, and we need to get him the ball. He made some plays today, and it really helped us out."
Royster continues to get limited carries -- he has only 88 in seven games (12.6 per contest) -- and the senior has only 450 yards rushing (64.3 per game). Still, he said he is not frustrated by the lack of carries.
"We need to get other people the ball," Royster said. "If we want to be successful, we can't just run me or run somebody else. We've got to spread it around and keep defenses guessing."