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Trey Potts Brings Veteran Backup Experience To NFL Draft

It was always Trey Potts’ dream to play for Penn State.

However, that dream wasn’t realized until a year ago. Potts transferred to Happy Valley for his fifth year of eligibility after spending the previous four at Minnesota.

The 5’11”, 200-pounder from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, was a three-star recruit, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. He committed to the Golden Gophers in June 2018 and arrived on campus ahead of the 2019 season. He only appeared in two games his freshman year but scored a touchdown while rushing for 51 yards.

Potts appeared in three more games in 2020, rushing for 121 yards and a touchdown.

Although Potts was a backup throughout his career, he was reliable when needed. When incumbent starter Mohamed Ibrahim suffered an injury in 2021, Potts had his best season. In only five appearances, Potts rushed for 552 yards and six touchdowns in what ended up being his best season in the Twin Cities.

Potts’ playing time skyrocketed in 2022, appearing in 12 games. He had 471 rushing yards and three touchdowns as Ibrahim reverted to being the Gophers’ primary option when he became healthy. Potts saw action when Minnesota fell 45-17 against Penn State in the White Out with five rushes for seven yards.

After the 2022 season, Potts entered the transfer portal, and he transferred to Happy Valley in April 2023.

Potts backed up co-starters Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen, but he still appeared in every game last season. He rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns but was also involved in the passing game. Potts caught four passes for 57 yards and a 30-yard touchdown against Northwestern. When the Nittany Lions faced Illinois two weeks prior, he threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Warren.

After Penn State’s 41-13 win over the Wildcats, James Franklin raved about Potts’ presence and how it benefits the running back room.

“He just kept a great attitude and kept working, and when he got opportunities, he maximized them,” Franklin said. “We feel like we got three backs that we can win with in this league.”

Potts proved to be a versatile running back who was a reliable backup in college. He finished his college career with 1,350 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, while also recording 13 catches for 114 yards and a receiving touchdown.

Potts declared for the 2024 NFL Draft on January 4. He wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine but posted fine numbers at Penn State’s Pro Day. He ran a 4.60 40-yard dash, tallied a 35-inch vertical, and a 9’4″ broad jump.

Potts is projected to be an undrafted free agent. Some decent fits include teams who aren’t deep in the backfield, such as the New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers, or the Tennessee Titans.

The 2024 NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, and ends on Saturday, April 27. It’ll be televised on ABC and the NFL Network.

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