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Run Home Evan, Run Home

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 10, 2011 – 8:52 am

At this time in 2005, Evan Royster was in training camp in northern Virginia.  He was working on his burst through the line, his speed around the end, and picking up the blitz in the backfield.

And thinking about who to take to his senior homecoming.

At that point, Royster hadn’t rushed for 2,200 yards and 30 touchdowns in his senior season at Westfield High School.  At that point, he wasn’t yet the leading rusher in the history of Penn State football.

At that point, he couldn’t have predicted that he’d be back six short years later as a member of his hometown Washington Redskins.

“It’s awesome,” he said about being back.  “I can go home and see my family and my nephews, and I get to see my friends all the time.”

So far during camp, Royster has had the pleasure of looking in the crowds and seeing familiar faces.

“I’m coming out to the field and hear someone call my name,” he said.  “I gave the usual glance over and had to double-take, because it was one of my friends from high school. It’s really cool to see them out here and watch me practice.”

So far in camp, Royster has looked very comfortable in the backfield, and said that the blocking is familiar, thanks to his college system.

“It’s very similar,” he said.  “There’s tiny wrinkles in it that changes what the receivers or fullbacks are doing. I’ve seen most of the things before, but there’s just so many, and knowing which one is which.”

At this point, Royster is still in the process of translating the new terminology into terms that he understands, like learning a new language.

“Its tough to sit down and get all that stuff ready, but it’s just finding ways to relate things,” he explained.  “Bobby Turner is a great coach. He has all those methods of remembering. He’s been doing it for so long, so it makes it kind of easy on us.”

One of the disadvantages of training camp this year is the expanded rosters, and the subsequent crowd at running back.  Royster is currently one of ten backs in camp, and knows that he has to make an impression.

“It’s hard to create a reputation,” he said.  “There’s so many backs and so many possible outcomes.  I think I’m adjusting well.”

“I’m hoping the coaches see it and they feel the same way,” he continued.  “You never know how things are going to work out once we put the pads on.”

The next opportunity for him to make that impression comes on Friday night.  While he does think he’s ready, he knows that there’s still much more work to do.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said with a smile.  “We still have some more to put into the offense before than. As of now I feel good about it and I’m ready.”

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7 Responses to “Run Home Evan, Run Home”

  1. By Blighter on Aug 10, 2011 | Reply

    You write a lot about Royster. I like what I hear of him, but I gotta keep asking about Helu.He had a lot of hype in the media circles as Shanahans next big thing, but I hear mostly about Royster (hey, if it’s good news I’ll take it!)

    Could you devote an updated posting about Helu’s progress? Similar to this would work.

    Basically, what I want to know: if Torain and Hightower were accidentally mauled to death by Anthony Armstrong on a Segway, who do you start: Helu, or Royster?

  2. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 10, 2011 | Reply

    You got it man. He got past me this morning but I’ll try to track him down this afternoon.

    But from what I’ve seen, I’d take Royster right now. We’ll know a little more on Friday

  3. By Zorn Supremacy on Aug 10, 2011 | Reply

    I’m declaring an official Redskins nickname for this kid… ROLLS ROYSTER!

  4. By jenn on Aug 10, 2011 | Reply

    at penn state, there was a fan club called the blue royster cult… which is freakin brilliant, but slightly less fitting in burgundy and gold.

  5. By Josh on Aug 10, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Blighter. I’d love to hear more on Helu. He’s getting a lot of play in fantasy discussions, mainly on his superior skill-set compared to Royster and the others in the RB corps. I heard he’s comparable to Portis circa 2002. Has a good background, too; dad was a Rugby player.

    Let’s get some Helu air time!

  6. By T.J. on Aug 10, 2011 | Reply

    Wasn’t there a report somewhere of using Williams as a FB since he is getting crowded out of the backfield?

  7. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 10, 2011 | Reply

    @ T.J.-

    Shanahan has discussed that, and we may in fact see it on Friday night, but I haven’t seen much of it yet in practice. As a matter of fact, I haven’t seen K. Will. in much of any role yet. He’s been active in redzone and third down drills, which is a strength for him. I’m not sure what his status is right now, but he’s blending in with the pack so far.

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