SAQUON BARKLEY

March 07, 2018
By: Erica Rose
It’s no secret that Saquon Barkley has been leaving his mark on the football field since he was a young kid.  Sure, he was a great player at Whitehall and those who had the opportunity to see his burst of speed, his quick cuts, and all around talent knew he was something special.  But, did anyone really realize just how special this young player was, and what he would develop into?  Many may say yes, but I’m not sure that is the truth.
 
Barkley quickly made an impact as a freshman at Penn State, and it did not take long for Nittany Lion fans across the nation to fall in love with him.  He got their hopes up for a National Title, something that looked like a possibility early in his junior season.  Unfortunately, for the Nittany Lions, that would not come.  However, there were many other honors that did arrive personally for Barkley who set numerous records at PSU.  He also made history in the Big Ten, becoming the first offensive player to win three major postseason football awards.
      
  • Big Ten’s top offensive player for the second consecutive year.
  • He also repeated as the conference’s top running back
  • Named its No. 1 return specialist
 
Barkley, who announced that he would come out for the draft after his junior year, finished his career as Penn State’s all-time rushing touchdown (43) and total touchdown record holder (53).  He also capped his career as the career all-purpose yards leader, and that is just naming a few of his honors. 


 But the reason I decided to blog on this football stud today, is because of what he did at the combine.  For those of you who still had doubts, not of his talent, but of his size- I think it’s safe to say this kid is a beast.  Barkley had one of the best, if not the best combines in history.  In fact sbnation.com may have labeled him best with the headline “Saquon Barkley showed he’s both an absurdly fast big guy and an absurdly strong little guy.”I will leave you with a few thoughts.  Yes it’s true that Barkley will not be the biggest guy in the NFL, but what I do know is that he will be one of the hardest working ones.  What he lacks in size, he will surely make up elsewhere.  Is he a top five pick?  I sure as heck think so.  And even better yet, any team who gets him is getting a kid with a GOOD head on his shoulders.  And as the saying goes, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.  Expect big things from Barkley for many years to come.  I’m excited to see where else he will leave his mark.