Barkley named Big Ten Offensive Player of Week
UNIVERSITY PARK -- Was there any question who was going to be the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week? Of course not.
It’s Penn State’s Saquon Barkley.
Barkley’s off-the-chart performance on Saturday night in Iowa City earned him the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors, the conference announced Monday morning.
Barkley racked up 211 rushing yards and a TD on 28 carries. But he didn’t stop there – he had 94 receiving yards on 12 receptions in Penn State’s thrilling 21-19 win at Iowa City. Barkley finished the game with 358 all-purpose yards – 53 of those were return yards.
The 358 yards broke the Penn State record of 341, which was set by Curt Warner in Syracuse in 1981.
Barkley now has 3,090 rushing yards in his collegiate career. He’s just the seventh player in school history to hit that mark. His 4,222 career all-purpose yards. His 12 receptions doubled his previous career high of 6.
Through four games, it appears that Barkley is the Heisman Trophy front-runner. His record-breaking performance came in front of national ABC cameras on Saturday night.
Barkley will try to add to his Heisman resume at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 when the Nittany Lions face Indiana at Beaver Stadium. For tickets to the game, visit www.gopsusports.com.