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Saquon Barkley
Saquon  Barkley


Coplay, Pa.

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 228



H.S. Coach:
Brian Gilbert



Media Day Press Conference - Saquon Barkley


Barkley and McSorley Earn Big Ten Preseason Honors

Nittany Lion duo are two of the five honorees from the East Division


Duo on Walter Camp Watch List

Junior running back and junior quarterback among the candidates for National Player of the Year


Barkley Named to Walker Watch List

Junior running back among the candidates for the nation’s top running back


Four Named to Maxwell and Bednarik Lists

Barkley and McSorley among candidates for Maxwell Award, while Allen and Cabinda are nominees for Bednarik Award


2017 Rose Bowl Game - Penn State vs. USC

Jan. 2, 2017


Penn State 45, Michigan State 12

Check out the Penn State USATSI photo gallery from the game against Michigan State.


Penn State vs. Iowa

Nov. 5, 2016


No. 24 Penn State vs. Purdue

Check out the USA Today photo gallery from the football game between No. 24 Penn State and Purdue


Penn State vs. Ohio State

Oct. 22, 2016

Career Notes and Records
Career: Ranks 12th on Penn State’s career rushing list with 2,572 yards...Is just the eighth player in Penn State history with multiple 1,000-yard seasons...Sits tied for No. 10 on the career rushing touchdowns chart (25), trailing the 26 rushing scores by Matt Suhey (1976-79) and Larry Johnson (1999-2002) for No. 9...Ranks tied for No. 12 with 10 career 100-yard games (five in 2015, five in 2016), including two 200-yard efforts...Has 80 rushes of 10 or more yards in his career (34 in 2015, 46 in 2016)...Had a streak of 14 consecutive games with at least one rush of 20 yards snapped at Rutgers (11/19), a streak that was the second-longest in college football in the last 20 years (19 - LaMichael James, Oregon (2008-10)).

Season: Finished No. 5 on Penn State's single-season rushing yardage chart with 1,496 yards in 2016...Broke the sophomore rushing record formerly held by Evan Royster (1,236; 2008) with 1,496 yards in 2016...Owns the sophomore scoring record and ranked No. 4 on the single-season scoring list with 132 points, passing Kevin Kelly’s sophomore mark of 96 points (2006)...Barkley and Tyler Davis (128) became the first set of teammates to score 100 points in the same season in Penn State history...Broke the sophomore rushing touchdowns record with his 14th score of 2016 at Rutgers (11/19) in the third quarter and finished with 18 rushing scores...Became the first Nittany Lion since Zach Zwinak (12; 2013) to score 10-plus touchdowns in a season...His 22 overall touchdowns (18 rushing, 4 receiving) are No. 4 on the single-season charts...The 22 total touchdowns are the most since Larry Johnson scored 23 in 2002...His 18 rushing touchdowns tied Richie Anderson (1992) for No. 5 on Penn State’s single-season charts...Finished No. 2 on Penn State’s single-season all-purpose yards list with 1,927 yards in 2016, the highest total since Larry Johnson’s school-record 2,655 yards in 2002...Broke Penn State’s freshman (true or redshirt) season record with 1,076 rushing yards in 2015, surpassing D.J. Dozier’s mark of 1,002 set in 1983...His 2015 season effort ranks 17th on the Penn State single-season rushing charts...Finished tied for first place on the Penn State true freshman season rushing touchdown (Dozier, 7) and 100-yard rushing games lists (Dozier, 5)...Broke Penn State freshman (true or redshirt) season record for all-purpose yards with 1,237, surpassing the mark set by Dozier (1,191; 1983).

Game: Produced the fourth 300-plus all-purpose yard game in Penn State history with 306 yards against USC (1/2/17) in the 2017 Rose Bowl...Became the 15th different Penn Stater with a 200-yard rushing game vs. Maryland (10/8/16) with 202 yards, which ranks No. 24 on Penn State’s single-game rushing charts...His 207 yards rushing at Purdue (10/29/16) rank No. 21 on the single-game charts and are the most since Larry Johnson’s 279 yards vs. Michigan State in 2002...Twice broke the Penn State sophomore record for all-purpose yards, first with 277 (207 rushing, 70 receiving) at Purdue (10/29/16) and again vs. USC (1/2/17) in the Rose Bowl with 306 (194 rushing, 55 receiving, 54 kick return)...Tallied 30 points at Pitt (9/10/16), which is tied for No. 4 in Penn State history (fifth occasion).

2016 Sophomore Season
Awards: Earned second-team All-American honors from The Sporting News and College Sports Madness...Named third-team All-American by the Associated Press, Athlon and Phil Steele...Selected to Campus Insiders Sophomore All-America first team...Earned All-Bowl Team honors from Associated Press (all-purpose), Sports Illustrated, Athlon Sports and to the Big Ten All-Bowl Team...Shared the illustrious Chicago Tribune Silver Football for the Big Ten’s best player with J.T. Barrett of Ohio State...Is the first Penn State running back and fourth Nittany Lion overall to win the Silver Football, joining Daryll Clark (2009), Michael Robinson (2005) and Kerry Collins (1994)...Named the Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year...Is the eighth sophomore to win Offensive Player of the Year in Big Ten history, most recently by Ohio State’s Braxton Miller in 2012...Is one of 17 running backs to win Offensive Player of the Year in Big Ten history...Is the third-straight running back to win Offensive Player of the Year (Melvin Gordon, WIS; Ezekiel Elliott, OSU)...Is the fourth Nittany Lion to win Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, joining Kerry Collins (1994), Curtis Enis (1997) and Michael Robinson (2005)...Is the first Penn State player to win Running Back of the Year (award established in 2011)...Is the first sophomore to win Running Back of the Year in Big Ten history...Unanimous All-Big Ten first team selection by the media panel...Earned All-Big Ten first team from the conference coaches...Is the first Penn State running back to earn All-Big Ten first team honors since Evan Royster in 2009...Named to the All-Big Ten first team by, Phil Steele and Athlon Sports...Named Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten second team...Selected to the All-ECAC Offense first team...Selected one of 18 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award and among 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award...Named to the Big Ten Preseason Honor Roll...Named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch Lists...Named to the Dante Hall Award Watch List...Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 10 after his 200-yard rushing performance vs. Maryland...Named CBS National Player of the Week and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after totaling 277 all-purpose yards at Purdue (10/29)...Became Penn State’s first two-time B1G Offensive Player of the Week since Daryll Clark won the award twice in 2009...Named to the Pro Football Focus National Team of the Week following his performance at Purdue (10/29)...Named Rose Bowl Game Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after piling up 211 all-purpose yards vs. Iowa (11/5)...Honored as team MVP at the annual Nittany Lion Football Banquet.

Season: Started all 14 games...Became the first Penn State player since Larry Johnson in 2002 (289 yards vs. Michigan State and 327 yards at Indiana) to post back-to-back game with 200-plus all-purpose yards, gaining 211 vs. Iowa (11/5) and 277 at Purdue (10/29)...Became the first Penn Stater with multiple 200-yard rushing games in a season since Larry Johnson (4) in 2002 when he rushed for 202 yards versus Maryland (10/8) and 207 yards at Purdue (10/29)...Six rushing touchdowns in the first three games of the season were the most by a Penn State player since Evan Royster (6) in 2008...Seven combined offensive touchdowns (6 rushing, 1 receiving) were the most by a Penn State player since Lydell Mitchell had seven to begin the 1971 season.

Final Rankings: Led the Big Ten and was No. 5 in the FBS in total touchdowns (22)...No. 9 nationally and No. 1 in the Big Ten in rushing touchdowns (18) and total points (132)...Paced the Big Ten and was No. 12 nationally in scoring (9.4 ppg)...No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 21 nationally in all-purpose yards (140.86 ypg)...No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 14 in the FBS in total rushing yards (1,496)...No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 24 in the FBS in rushing yards per game (106.9 ypg)...No. 4 in the Big Ten and No. 58 nationally in yards per carry (5.50 ypc).

Kent State (9/3): Posted his first 100-yard game of the season and sixth for his career with 105 yards on 22 carries...Made one catch for 17 yards...Scored his first touchdown of the season on a 7-yard burst to the pylon off the right side in the second quarter...Was the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week. at Pitt (9/10): Accounted for 147 all-purpose yards...Carried 20 times for 85 yards and four touchdowns...Caught two passes for 45 yards and a touchdown...Returned one kickoff for 17 yards...Had rushing scores of 3, 1, 1 and 2 yards in the game...Caught a 40-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter...Accounted for 30 points in the game...The 30 points are tied for No. 4 in Penn State history (fifth occasion)...First Nittany Lion with 30 points since Ki-Jana Carter vs. Michigan State in 1994...His 30 points are the most by a Big Ten player since Melvin Gordon had 30 tallies against Bowling Green in 2014...The four rushing touchdowns are the most by a Nittany Lion since Larry Johnson had four vs. Michigan State in 2002. Temple (9/17): Carried nine times for 68 yards and one touchdown...Touchdown run covered 55 yards...Caught two passes for seven yards. at Michigan (9/24): Carried the ball 15 times for 59 yards...Made five receptions for a career-high 77 yards...The 77 receiving yards are the most for a running back since Stephfon Green had one catch for 80 yards and a touchdown against Michigan in 2008...Totaled 136 all-purpose yards...Led Penn State in rushing and receiving, the first player to do so since 2014 (Akeel Lynch; at Illinois). Minnesota (10/1): Rushed for 63 yards on 20 carries...Juked his way to a 25-yard touchdown run on the first play of overtime to help Penn State reclaim the Governor’s Victory Bell...Caught one pass. Maryland (10/8): Logged his first career 200-yard rushing game and became the 15th Penn Stater to eclipse the 200-yard mark with 202 yards and one touchdown on 31 carries...Scored on a 45-yard burst late in the second quarter...His 202 rushing yards were the most since Larry Johnson’s 279 yards vs. Michigan State in 2002...The 202 yards rushing rank No. 24 on the single-game Penn State charts, tied with John Cappelletti (vs. Maryland; 1972)...Was the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week. Ohio State (10/22): Carried the ball 12 times for 99 yards...Posted three carries of 10 yards or more, including a 37-yard tote in the fourth quarter that set up Trace McSorley’s 2-yard touchdown run. at Purdue (10/29): Totaled a then-Penn State sophomore-record 277 all-purpose yards (207 rushing, 70 receiving), which ranks No. 15 all-time at Penn State...The 207 yards rushing is a career high...His 207 rushing yards marked his second 200-yard rushing effort of the year and the first time since 2002 a Penn Stater posted multiple 200-yard rushing games in a single season (4; Larry Johnson)...Posted seven rushes of 10 yards or more, including a career-long 81-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter...The 81-yard run is the ninth-longest rush in school history and eighth-longest touchdown rush in the Penn State record books...Caught three passes for 70 yards...Was the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week. Iowa (11/5): Carried the ball 18 times for 167 yards and one touchdown...Caught one pass for 44 yards and a touchdown...Accumulated 211 total yards in the game, making him the first Penn State player with back-to-back games of 200-plus total yards since Larry Johnson in 2002...Hauled in a 44-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, a career-long reception and the longest TD catch by a running back since Evan Royster in 2009 (49 yards; vs. Syracuse)...Broke a 57-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, his longest career scoring rush at Beaver Stadium...Was the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week. at Indiana (11/12): Carried the ball a career-high 33 times for 58 yards and two scores...Scored both touchdowns in the fourth quarter, coming on runs of 4 and 2 yards...Caught two passes for 34 yards, including a long of 32. at Rutgers (11/19): Toted the ball 16 times for 92 yards and one touchdown...His third-quarter rushing score of 1-yard came following a Penn State blocked punt...Caught two passes for 25 yards. Michigan State (11/26): Carried 12 times for 14 yards...Caught two passes for 11 yards...Did not play in the fourth quarter. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Totaled 103 all-purpose yards...Rushed 19 times for 83 yards and one touchdown...Scored on 1-yard plunge in the third quarter to knot the game at 28-28...Caught two passes for 20 yards...Hauled in an 18-yard touchdown grab for the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter. vs. USC (1/2): Set the Penn State sophomore record and ranks No. 3 all-time on the single-game charts with 306 all-purpose yards - marking just the fourth game in Penn State history of 300-plus all-purpose yards...Totaled three touchdowns in the game...Rushed for a Penn State bowl-record 194 yards and two touchdowns on 25 attempts...His 79-yard rushing score in the third quarter is the second-longest offensive scoring play in Penn State bowl history, behind Ki-Jana Carter’s 83-yard rushing TD in the 1995 Rose Bowl...Had a 24-yard touchdown run in the second quarter...Caught five passes for 55 yards and one score...Hauled in an over-the-shoulder touchdown pass near the end of the third quarter...Returned two kickoffs for 57 yards.

2015 True Freshman Season
Awards: Named second-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media...Named to Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News and USA Today’s Freshman All-America team...Earned True Freshman All-America honors...Selected Big Ten Freshman of the Year and earned All-Freshman Team laurels...Named Athlon Sports Big Ten Offensive Freshman of the Year...Selected as the ECAC Rookie of the Year...Garnered second-team All-Big Ten honors from the Associated Press and Athlon Sports...Earned Big Ten All-Freshman team accolades...Named Sports on Earth’s Best Offensive Freshman...Selected as Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week (Sept. 14) after his performance against Buffalo...Claimed second-straight Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week (Sept. 21) honor after his effort versus Rutgers...Four-time ECAC Freshman of the Week selection (9/22, 10/20, 11/3, 11/10).

Season: Appeared in 11 games with six starts, missing two games due to injury...Made his first career start at Maryland (10/24)...Was one of seven freshmen (3 redshirt, 4 true) to start a game...Was one of five true freshmen to see action...Had five 100-yard rushing performances...Had 34 rushes of 10 or more yards with season-long runs of 56 yards at Ohio State and vs. Michigan...Logged runs of 54 and 40 yards against Rutgers...Had 310 yards in back-to-back games against Buffalo and Rutgers, which was the highest total by a true freshman RB in a two-game span since D.J. Dozier had 359 in 1983 (vs. Rutgers and Alabama)...Is only the second true freshman to have back-to-back 100-yard games, joining Dozier, who had four consecutive 100-yard games in 1983...Is the first PSU RB to have back-to-back games (Buffalo & Rutgers) with a 100-yard rushing quarter since Larry Johnson in 2002 against Indiana and Michigan State.

Final Rankings: Ranked 34th in the FBS and fourth in the Big Ten in yards per carry (5.9 ypc)...Ranked 34th in the NCAA and third in the conference with 97.8 rushing yards per game, which was skewed by having just one carry in the season opener vs. Temple and missing nearly three quarters in the San Diego State game...Ranked second in the nation among true freshmen running backs with 1,076 yards...Ranked 64th nationally and fifth in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards per game (112.45)...Ranked 11th in the FBS and No. 1 in the Big Ten in rushes of 20 or more yards (16)...Tied for 24th in the FBS and second in the conference in rushes of 30 or more yards (6).

at Temple (9/5): Rushed one time for one yard. Buffalo (9/12): Rushed 12 times for a team-best 115 yards and his first career touchdown...Carried the ball eight times for 101 yards in the fourth quarter...Became the first true freshman to rush for more than 100 yards in a game since Silas Redd had 131 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown against Northwestern in 2010...Scored his first career touchdown on a 9-yard scamper in the fourth quarter...Had a 33-yard burst on Penn State’s first play of the fourth quarter...Teamed with Brandon Polk to become the first true freshmen duo to score touchdowns in the same game since Justin King and Derrick Williams both had touchdown receptions in 2005 at Northwestern...Named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week. Rutgers (9/19): Ran for a team-best 195 yards and two touchdowns...His 195 rushing yards were the most by a Penn State true freshman since Eric McCoo had 206 against Michigan State in 1998...Had 119 yards rushing on seven carries in the fourth quarter...Teamed with Akeel Lynch (120 yards) to mark the first Big Ten Conference game that Penn State had two 100-yard rushers since Evan Royster (134) and Silas Redd (131) topped the mark vs. Northwestern in 2010...Was a part of a backfield that rushed for 330 yards, the most by Penn State since the Nittany Lions ran for 338 at Illinois in 2009...Became the first Penn State back to rush for more than 100 in a quarter in back-to-back games since Larry Johnson in 2002...Selected as Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week. San Diego State (9/26): Caught his first career pass, a 22-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass to open the scoring in the first quarter...Was the first Penn State player to have a touchdown on his first career reception since Jesse James (Navy; 2012)...His receiving touchdown was the first by a PSU running back since Bill Belton (Akron; 2014)...Gained 62 yards on eight rushes...Played the first quarter and just one series in the second quarter before leaving the game with an injury...Paired with Mark Allen to become the first Penn State running back duo to have touchdown receptions in the same game since 2006 at Minnesota (Tony Hunt & Matt Hahn). at Ohio State (10/17): Rushed for 194 yards on 26 carries...Posted a season-long 56-yard rush in the fourth quarter...Posted his third 100-yard rushing game of the season to tie him for second on the Penn State true freshman list with Eric McCoo and Curtis Enis...His 194 rushing yards rank third on the true freshman rushing list, behind his 195 yards vs. Rutgers and McCoo’s 206 yards vs. Michigan State in 1998...Was just the second player to rush for more than 175 yards at Ohio Stadium since 2000 (Indiana's Tevin Coleman; 2014). vs. Maryland (10/24): Made his first career start...Gained 65 yards on 20 carries...Scored his fourth rushing TD of the season in the first quarter -- a 6-yard scamper. Illinois (10/31): Ran the ball 20 times for 84 yards, including a long of 13 yards...Caught three passes for 58 yards...Scored on a 7-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, hurdling two defenders to get into the end zone. at Northwestern (11/7): Posted his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season with 120 yards on 25 carries...Scored two rushing touchdowns...Had 50 receiving yards on a career-high six catches...Led the team with 170 all-purpose yards. Michigan (11/21): Rushed for 68 yards on 15 carries...Tied a season-long with a 56-yard run in the first quarter...Caught two passes for 19 yards. at Michigan State (11/28): Broke the Penn State freshman (true or redshirt) rushing record with his fifth 100-yard rushing effort of the season...Gained 103 yards on 17 carries...Caught three passes for minus-one yard...Broke D.J. Dozier's freshman season rushing record with his performance. vs. Georgia (1/2): Carried the ball 17 times for 69 yards...Caught five passes for 13 yards...Ranked second on the team with 82 all-purpose yards.

High School
Three-year letterman and team captain his senior year at Whitehall High School for head coach Brian Gilbert...First-team all-state (AAAA) by Pennsylvania Football News...Selected as 2014 Mr. PA Football for Class AAA/AAAA...Participated in The Opening, held on Nike’s campus in summer 2014...Played in Offense-Defense Bowl...Rushed for 1,856 yards, 8.6 yards per carry and recorded 31 total touchdowns his senior year...Had three interceptions and five tackles for loss as a senior...Two-time All-Lehigh Valley Conference selection...Helped lead Whitehall to league titles as a sophomore and junior...Rushed for 1,506 yards and recorded 27 touchdowns as a junior...Tallied 284 rushing yards and five total scores as a sophomore...Rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked as the ninth-best running back in the nation and the top prospect in Pennsylvania by 247Sports...Rated by Scout among the top five prospects in the state...Lettered in basketball and track...Won the gold medal in the eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys 100 meters.

Full name is Saquon Barkley...Son of Alibay Barkley and Tonya Johnson...Has two brothers, Rashard Johnson and Ali Barkley, and two sisters, Shaquona and Aliyah Barkley...Father participated in boxing in college...Brother, Rashard, played football and wrestled...Great uncle is former WBC middleweight champion Iran Barkley...Hobbies include working out, hanging out with friends and reading...Majoring in journalism...Born February 7, 1997 in Bronx, New York.


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