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Nittany Lions RB Belton, a former Mr. Do It All, basks in glow of being No. 1 at Penn State

  • Penn State running back Bill Belton (1) carries the ball in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Illinois in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Belton gained 201 yards in Penn State's 24-17 overtime victory. (AP Photo/John Beale)

    Penn State running back Bill Belton (1) carries the ball in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Illinois in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Belton gained 201 yards in Penn State's 24-17 overtime victory. (AP Photo/John Beale)  (The Associated Press)

  • Penn State's Bill Belton crosses goal line a touchdown of the game against Illinois during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Abby Drey ) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

    Penn State's Bill Belton crosses goal line a touchdown of the game against Illinois during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Abby Drey ) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT  (The Associated Press)

Bill Belton's position on Penn State's depth chart finally matches the number he wears on his uniform.

It's been a difficult journey to that No. 1 spot at tailback. The former utility man in high school, who played quarterback, receiver and defensive back, entered Penn State as a receiver before being asked in January 2012 by coach Bill O'Brien to carry the ball.

With just four yards against Minnesota on Saturday, Belton will become the 41st Penn State player to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for his career. He has 668 yards this season on 128 carries for a per-carry average of 5.2 yards.