Although Saquon Barkley isn’t a finalist for the prestigious Heisman Trophy, the Penn State running back was named the Paul Hornung Award winner on Wednesday.
The award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.
“It is an honor to win an award like the Paul Hornung Award for the most versatile player in college football,” said Saquon Barkley in the award’s news release. “I am so appreciative of Mr. Hornung and the Louisville Sports Commission for selecting me for this very special honor.
“I have to give a lot of the credit to my teammates and coaches, they are the reason that I am in position to win this award and I could not have done it without them. I also want to thank our amazing fans at Penn State. We Are!”
— Paul Hornung Award (@hornungaward) December 6, 2017
Primarily a running back who also lined up at slot receiver, wildcat quarterback, and returned kicks, Barkley is second in the nation in all-purpose yards with 179.5 per game and accounted for 263 touches, 2,190 yards, and 22 touchdowns four different ways – rushing (16), receiving (three), kickoff return (two), and passing (one).
Barkley was one of four college football players named a finalist for the award and the only player from the B1G to make the final four.
The three other finalists were Dante Pettis (Washington), Joel Lanning (Iowa State) and Nyheim Hines (N.C. State).
Barkley has also won numerous other awards, including the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Running Back of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year.