Saquon Barkley leaps into Stewart Mandel's top five Heisman candidates
When you rack up 200 yards from scrimmage in three of four games, people notice.
That’s exactly what Saquon Barkley did in the last month to fuel Penn State’s five-game winning streak and rise into the top 12. And yes, people are definitely noticing.
Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel put the Penn State tailback at No. 5 on his Heisman Trophy watch list. That was the first time all year that any B1G player outside of Jabrill Peppers and J.T. Barrett was mentioned by Mandel in the weekly series.
The nod came after Barkley ripped off 167 yards rushing and had a 44-yard touchdown catch in a rout of Iowa.
That gave him 1,055 rushing yards for the season, which is fourth among Power Five backs. In addition to his 11 rushing scores, Barkley also now has 257 receiving yards and two touchdown catches.
He’s certainly on the national radar:
#PennState's Saquon Barkley 167 yards rushing & 44 more receiving.. Most underrated RB in college football. PSU crushing Iowa 41-7.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 6, 2016
Barkley could inch closer and closer into that Heisman discussion. While he isn’t the household name yet like Lamar Jackson or Peppers, the PSU tailback might become one by season’s end. He finishes the season against teams with a combined 3-15 B1G record.
Mandel’s bold call might not look so bold in a few weeks.