Penn State running back Saquon Barkley earned major recognition from the Big Ten Conference Wednesday night.
After a fantastic regular season, running back Saquon Barkley earned a special honor from the Big Ten. It was announced Wednesday night that the sophomore was chosen as the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.
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Barkley has helped Penn State turn its season around. After starting 2-2, the Nittany Lions have won eight consecutive games, earning a trip to this weekend’s Big Ten Championship.
With opposing defenses keying on him, Barkley has had some difficulty getting going at times. Still, he’s second in the conference with 1,219 rushing yards and tied for first with 15 rushing touchdowns. He has already surpassed the totals he put up in last year’s fantastic freshman season.
Despite being held to just 14 yards last week against Michigan State, Barkley was able to score a highlight-reel touchdown by flipping over the pile on the goal line. That score gave him at least one touchdown in each of the last five games.
He’s added another dimension to his game this season, proving to be a dangerous threat catching the ball out of the backfield with 21 receptions for 327 yards. A threat to bust a big gain anytime he touches the ball, Barkley is already one of the most dynamic playmakers in the nation.
Aside from the honor, Barkley was also named the Big Ten Running Back of the Year.
Barkley will have a chance in the Big Ten Championship to add to his already impressive stat line. However, there’s a bit of an injury concern, as he left the third quarter of last week’s game with an apparent ankle injury.