STATE COLLEGE (AP) - Penn State running back Stephfon Green sounded like a man ready to bowl over a linebacker on the way to the end zone.
He only spoke at an offseason charity event with teammates, yet the determined senior spoke of redemption after two disappointing seasons in which he was slowed by injuries and overshadowed by career-leading rusher Evan Royster.
So, it appears quarterback Rob Bolden isn't the only Nittany Lion eager to bounce back on a team filled with potential comeback storylines after a ho-hum 7-6 campaign.
"I feel like my name is forgotten," Green said in between handshakes and autographs at the Pennsylvania Special Olympics opening ceremonies last week. "So, that's why I have to re-establish myself and redeem myself."
On Monday, some Nittany Lions, including Bolden, returned to Happy Valley for offseason workouts, and to get ready for the second academic summer session. The returnees rejoined others including Green, who voluntarily stuck around after the spring semester ended.
But Bolden's "will-he-or-won't-he-go" saga has been closely watched among hardcore blue-and-white followers after the quarterback left open the possibility of transferring at the end of spring practice.
But that's apparently settled ... for now.
Also returning was a third quarterback, Kevin Newsome, who, too, entertained thoughts of leaving after being leapfrogged on the depth chart by Bolden and Matt McGloin. Promising redshirt freshman Paul Jones is back, as well.
The pecking order at quarterback apparently hasn't changed - not surprising since preseason camp is still about seven weeks away. Coach Joe Paterno narrowed the field in the spring to Bolden and McGloin, but declined to name a starter.
And now, with that situation still cloudy, the focus has shifted to running back.
With four successful seasons under his belt, Royster has gone to the NFL after rewriting the Penn State rushing record book. Sophomore Silas Redd might be the heir apparent after a promising freshman season in 2010.
But Green hopes to corral some carries, as well.
A speedster from the Bronx, N.Y., Green's biggest problem has been health. He's had ankle problems throughout his career, and also suffered a concussion and a neck injury last season. In the spring, Green was limited with a right shoulder injury.
His production has declined steadily, from 105 carries and 578 yards his freshman year in 2008, to 71 and 319 in 2009, to 48 and 188 last season.
"I'm 100-percent healthy," he said. "I've been doing everything for a while now."
With good reason. After all, he senses opportunity. Green said he's been focusing this offseason on agility, footwork, blocking and being a "student of the game, doing the little things."
Those sound like answers straight out of the JoePa playbook.
"I can't say I'm not happy. I am. It's my last season and I want to put all my marbles in," Green said. "The last good season I remember having is my redshirt freshman year. Since then, I haven't had a good year.
"So, I'm just looking for a lot of redemption."
Besides Redd and Green, Penn State should also have redshirt junior Brandon Beachum and sophomore Curtis Dukes back at running back this fall.