Senior running back Stephfon Green is back with the Penn State football team after he was absent for undisclosed reasons, Penn State sports information director Jeff Nelson confirmed Friday afternoon.
Coach Joe Paterno said he doubted Green would be back with the team just 10 days ago at Penn State’s media day.
“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,” Paterno said on Aug. 16.
The 5-foot-10, 198 pound back has 1,085 career rushing yards in three years as a backup for Penn State and had been battling for the starting job with sophomore Silas Redd. During Green’s absence, Redd and redshirt junior Brandon Beachum had been splitting first-team repetitions. Green will have some catching up to do before the season opener against Indiana State on Sept. 3.
Paterno will presumably address Green’s status at the first of the coach’s weekly press conferences on Tuesday. It remains to be seen what kind of role Green will have on the offense and on special teams after missing much of preseason practice.