Saquon Barkley tabbed best true freshman in country by Pro Football Focus
Saquon Barkley has quickly become a sensation in Happy Valley.
The true freshman tailback does things that most seasoned veterans can’t do. Whether he’s launching himself into the end zone from the 4-yard line — we’re still not sure how he did that — or stopping on a dime and humiliating defenses, he’s already earned himself quite the following.
People at Penn State are even campaigning for he and Kanye West to run for president in 2020. Really.
Perhaps it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Barkley’s freakish ways spread across the college football world. Pro Football Focus ranked the top 11 true freshmen in the country, with Barkley atop that list.
Here’s what Steve Palazzolo said about Penn State’s newest star:
“A fine game from Barkley against Northwestern vaults him up to the top of the list as he gained 120 yards on 25 carries for a +2.9 rush grade while adding six catches for 50 yards and a +1.6 grade in the passing game. He sits atop our freshman running back rankings for the season, now adding some distance between himself and Washington running back Myles Gaskin.”
Despite the fact that he was sidelined for two games this year and is still dealing with an ankle injury, Barkley is fourth in the B1G in rushing. In his first four B1G games, Barkley averaged 141 yards per game. He already has two B1G Freshman of the Week honors and is within striking distance of a slew of Penn State freshman records.
Barkley is 166 yards, one TD and one 100-yard game away from setting PSU true freshman single-season records in all three categories. When the Lions return from bye a week from Saturday, Barkley will face his toughest test of the year against Michigan’s second-ranked run defense.
But is there a game plan to stop this?
— Sports Photos (@sportsphotos) November 2, 2015