Saquon Barkley, Penn State's do-it-all running back, is a finalist for the Walter Camp National Player of the Year Award as announced on Wednesday morning.
Walter Camp National Player of Year finalists:
Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Lamar Jackson, Louisville
Bryce Love, Stanford
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
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While Barkley did not pile up the yards on the ground as many expected coming into the 2017 season, only rushing for 1,134 yards (with 16 touchdowns), he still found ways to make his impact on the Penn State offense this season, hauling in 47 receptions for 594 yards as well as passing for a touchdown as a part of recently-departed Joe Moorhead's offensive circus. Additionally, Barkley ran back two kickoff returns for scores and averaged 28.4 yards per return, good enough for tenth in the NCAA.
Barkley will look to become the third Nittany Lion to win the Camp Award (John Cappeletti, 1973 and Larry Johnson, 2002). Lamar Jackson, who took home the award last year, would be the fourth player to win the award multiple times if he were to be chosen this year.