The Penn State Nittany Lions are a college football team known for the linebackers they send to the NFL. That is starting to change, however, as they currently have one of the more potent offenses in the nation, thanks to junior running back sensation Saquon Barkley. The Nittany Lions hope Barkley has another big game when they visit the Ohio State Buckeyes in a classic Big 10 matchup Saturday, Oct. 28 on Fox.
Barkley has been piling up yards in Happy Valley since he arrived as a true freshman in 2015. That season he set a school rushing record for the most rushing yards by a freshman with 1,072. Last season, he captured the school record for most rushing yards by a sophomore with 1,500 exactly. Penn State won the Big Ten last season, but with two losses, were bypassed for the College Football Playoff for Ohio State, whose only loss was to Penn State. After a comeback win against Wisconsin in the conference championship game, Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley put on quite a show in the Rose Bowl, although they lost 52-49 to the USC Trojans.
The Nittany Lions and Barkley are at it again this season, as he set another school record in tallying up 358 all-purpose yards in the season opener against Akron. He’s already become one of the top prospects in next year’s NFL Draft, should he opt to go. For now, a big game against the Buckeyes looms with plenty of late season significance.
Born: Feb. 7, 1997
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, NY
Height/Weight: 5 foot 11 inches / 229 pounds
Team: Penn State Nittany Lions
Position: Running back
Honors and Achievements: Big Ten Champion, 2016; Big Ten Offensive Player and Running Back of the Year, 2016