Unfortunately, Saquon Barkley has declared for the NFL, but we all knew that already. What a great kid. He will be missed!
Read some of his quotes below. What maturity! He will easily become the face of the franchise that drafts him.
Barkley arrived at Penn State as a 4-star prospect in 2015, but he was only rated as the No. 13 running back in that year's recruiting class, based on 247Sports' composite rankings. He easily outplayed that placement.
The Whitehall High School (Pa.) product enjoyed a solid freshman campaign to the tune of 1,076 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns.
He became a household name among football fans during his breakout 2016 season, though. The dual-threat offensive weapon racked up 1,898 yards from scrimmage on 300 touches with 22 scores. He was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year for his efforts.
Barkley backed up those numbers by tallying 1,271 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns to go along with 54 receptions for 632 yards and three scoresin 2017. He also threw a touchdown pass and became a weapon on special teams, returning two kickoffs for scores for the Nittany Lions.
Yet the junior rusher, who faced Heisman Trophy and NFL draft hype throughout the year, said he always tried to remain focused on the next task, per Kimberly Jones of NFL.com.
"If I don't focus on the season, and focus on being the best player and teammate I can be, none of the rest of the stuff will matter," Barkley said in October. "How can I focus on the NFL and my future when I got (our games) coming up?"
Post by stillkicking on Jan 1, 2018 8:31:40 GMT -5
A player like Saquon Barkley comes along once in a lifetime. I had the pleasure of witnessing his greatness. I sincerely hope he goes on to bigger and better things in the NFL. Good luck Saquon you will be missed.