Saquon Barkley Named Sporting News All-American

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley has earned another honor for his season. 

The honors keep coming for the Penn State Nittany Lions. Saquon Barkley is being rewarded for his fantastic season. It was announced Wednesday that Barkley has been named a Sporting News All-American.

The sophomore back was named to the second team.

Barkley has already been named to the All-Big Ten first team and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. He was also honored as the Big Ten Running Back of the Year.

After setting a Penn State freshman record with 1,076 rushing yards last year, Barkley followed that up with 1,302 yards and 16 touchdowns. The playmaker is a threat to make a big play each time he touches the ball. Although there were games in which he was often bottled up, he always found a way to break through for a highlight-reel play.

Juking, spinning, and jumping over defenders has become Barkley’s trademark. His leaping touchdown into the end zone against Michigan State was a prime example.

This season, Barkley added to his repertoire by becoming a dangerous receiver out of the backfield. He made 23 receptions for 347 yards and three touchdowns. He ranks second in the conference and 32nd in the nation with 128 all-purpose yards per game, and his 19 total touchdowns is good enough for ninth in the nation.

Barkley and the Nittany Lions will be back on the field January 2 in the Rose Bowl.