After some late-season struggles, and a monster season from Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, it was beyond a long shot that Saquon Barkley would win Penn State's first Heisman Trophy in 44 years. It was a shock, however, when the list of finalists for the award were announced on Monday and Barkley's name was nowhere to be seen.
While Nittany Lion fans, and players, voiced their displeasure at the perceived snub, Barkley himself took a much higher road.
Thank you to all of my fans and teammates for the consideration! However, like I stated previously I do not need a trophy or to be named a finalist to define me as a player. I’ve earned the respect from my teammates and coaches, therefore, at the end of the day that’s the only thing that matters! Congratulations to all the deserving Heisman finalists! Once again thank you! #WeAre
Over the past three seasons in Happy Valley, coaches, teammates, and others have raved about the back-to-back Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year's personality off of the field. Even in a disappointing moment, that has shined through once again.
While his shot at a Heisman are gone, Barkley is still a finalist for the Doak Walker, Maxwell, and Walter Camp Awards. Those winners will be announced later this week on ESPN's College Football Awards show. That airs on Thursday night, December 7.