November 11, 2007

Kinlaw learns power of patience

If there is one thing Rodney Kinlaw learned in his time at Penn State, it is how to be patient.

When he tore his right ACL as a freshman, he considered transferring, but he was patient.

When he sat and watched Tony Hunt post back to back 1,000-yard seasons, he was patient.

And when he started the season at No. 2 on the depth chart behind Austin Scott? Patience.

Against Temple, and perhaps all season, the 5-foot-9, 209-pound fireball proved that his patience has certainly been a virtue.

With a 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Kinlaw became just the 11th running back in Penn State history to eclipse the 1,000-yard barrier in a single season. It was the 17th time a back had gone over 1,000 yards in the Blue and White.

"I knew if I got my chance I would be able to do it (get 1,000 yards) and I got my chance," he said.

The Goose Creek, S.C. native carried the ball 27 times for a career-high 167 yards and caught five passes for 27 yards against the Owls on Saturday. His tough running, between the tackles especially, wore down the smaller Temple defense.

"He's always (gone) 100 percent," Paterno said following the game. "In fact, sometimes he tried so hard, he was always trying to make something happen. Just like the one play today he could have gotten in there and gotten a 2-yard gain and lost 6 on it, I think."

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