Saquon Barkley Cleans Up Big Ten's Postseason Awards

By Dan Vecellio on November 30, 2017 at 12:24 pm
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Another year, another trophy heist for Saquon Barkley.

Penn State's junior running back will need more room in his trophy case after Thursday, as the Big Ten announced that Barkley was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Year, Running Back of the Year, and Return Specialist of the Year. 



While Barkley did not put up the monster rushing stats that catapulted him into the national spotlight in 2016, he still ran for 1,134 yards (5.7 yards per carry) and 16 touchdowns this season. However, he became a much more pronounced pass-catching threat out of the backfield, hauling in 47 receptions for 594 yards while adding three more touchdowns to his total. The well-roundedness of his game was on full display against Iowa back in September when he shredded the Hawkeyes for 211 yards on the ground in addition to bringing in 12 passes for 94 yards. His ability to be a threat on every down and every offensive situation earned him the Graham-George and Ameche-Dayne trophies this year.

In an effort to bolster his stats, Barkley was also made the lead kickoff returner for the Lions this past season with rousing success. He averaged over 28 yards a return while taking two kicks to the endzone. 

Now Barkley awaits his fate for national awards such as the Doak Walker, Maxwell, Camp, and, of course, the Heisman.