Saquon Barkley finishes fourth in Heisman Trophy voting
Though Penn State running back Saquon Barkley wasn’t invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony on Saturday night, he still received some first-place votes and received more total points outside of the top three in attendance.
Barkley received 15 first-place votes and had 304 total points when the voting concluded. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won with 732 first-place votes and 2,398 total points.
Stanford running back Bryce Love and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson finished second and third, respectively.
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For the first two months of the season, Barkley was considered to be the front-runner in the Heisman race, as he exploded in nearly every aspect of the game. He was an effective running back, an excellent pass-catcher out of the backfield and a dynamic kick returner. He finished the year with 2,154 all-purpose yards, leading the B1G. He also accounted for 22 total touchdowns.
Barkley’s Heisman hype derailed after Penn State lost back-to-back games to Ohio State and Michigan State. Without another marquee game or quality opponent on the schedule, the star running back was never able to regain momentum in the hunt.
The B1G still has not had a Heisman Trophy winner since Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith won the award in 2006.