Saquon Barkley had a very strong start to his Penn State career by rushing for over 1000 yards during both his freshman and sophomore seasons. This weight room junkie is preseason All American in any publication you read and will likely be the B1G Player of the Year when all is said and done. He will get the bulk of the carries at Penn State in 2017 and there will likely be a push for him to get to 2000 yards by the end of the season.
With all this being said, can he hoist the Heisman Trophy at the end of the season with quarterbacks like Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson tossing the pigskin around this fall? The one thing Barkley has going for him is that playing in the B1G will get him plenty of attention on the east coast. Those noon and 3:30 ESPN games will likely be Penn State games this fall allowing fans to see what Barkley can do with the ball in his hands.
It is also likely the case that Penn State will be atop the B1G standings by the end of the season giving him one more game being the B1G championship game. Having the extra game will give him the opportunity to wow Heisman Trophy voters late in the season. Also note that Penn State has a relatively easy schedule late in the season facing Rutgers and Nebraska at home then finishing the season at Maryland. This will give Barkley an opportunity to rack up some huge stats late in the season after games at Ohio State and Michigan State in the weeks prior.
Barkley is an interesting personality as he has promoted his personal Snapchat account via Twitter and Instagram. Most college football athletes try to keep their Snapchat account personal. That could mean one of two things, Barkley is a great kid and has nothing to hide or he is simply trying to promote himself and has a big head. We can hope for the former rather than the later.
No matter what happens during the 2017 regular season, Barkley is going to be mentioned as one of the top running backs in the country. Let’s hope that he stays healthy and avoids any major injuries. A college football player that can power clean 405 that plays running back is not going to be prone to injuries so let’s hope we see the best out of him in State College, Pennsylvania this fall.
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