Penn State football great Barkley Saquon will be in the spotlight Sunday evening on a Big Ten Network special. Fans of Nittany Lions can be plugged in from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET for a review of the ball carrier’s great academic career.
Big Ten Network devotes Sunday programming to notable conference alumni, including the half The Veon Bell (Michigan State), current Melvin gordon (Wisconsin) and quarterback Dwayne Haskins (State of Ohio). Each player now wears an NFL uniform, but has provided many things about their past conference performance.
When it comes to Barkley’s college legacy, few in Penn State’s rich football history can compare. he has spent three seasons sculpting opponents in a Nittany Lions uniform, rewriting the program books.
Barkley rushed for 3,843 yards (5.7 per carry) in 38 college games. Recognized in 2017 as the winner of the Hornung Award (the most versatile player in college football), he played across the field, recording 102 receptions for 1,195 yards and eight scores in his career, and returning two kicks for touchdowns as a junior.
No Penn State player has more rushed touchdowns (43), total touchdowns (53) and more flexible yards (5,538). Barkley became the most famous talent of the Nittany Lions during a series of college football playoff surges (2016 and 2017) which did not reach the ultimate goal, but with 20 victories in 23 games, a 2016 Big Ten championship , an appearance at the Rose Bowl and a Fiesta Victoire au bol.
“He is a unique player in his life with his work ethic, football IQ and athletic prowess,” said Penn State head coach. James Franklin said when Barkley entered the NFL.
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Barkley left campus after his junior season and was selected by the New York Giants second in the 2018 NFL Draft. Despite the team’s struggles, he stormed the league and won the title offensive rookie of the year in the NFL.
Barkley was blown away by the kind of flagship pieces that Penn State fans expected during his Happy Valley career. He gained 1,307 rushing yards in 261 runs, totaled 721 receiving yards on 91 receptions and completed his first campaign with 15 total touchdowns.
Only two other NFL rookies have already passed 2,000 yards of scrimmage, and none have had more catches as a ball carrier. Barkley became the first NFL rookie with at least 1,200 yards rushing and 600 receiving yards since Detroit Lions star Billy Sims in 1980.
Despite a sprained ankle in September and an absence of nearly four full games in 2019, Barkley has passed 1,000 yards on the ground for the second consecutive season; the first Giants player to start his career this way. In a 4 to 12 campaign in which no other New York player had a total of 800 yards, he had 1,441 yards.
The 22-year-old has 11 100-meter rushing efforts in a New York uniform; already good enough for the sixth record in franchise history … dating back to 1925.