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Barkley and Godwin claim All-Bowl Team national honors, while five Nittany Lions honored on ESPN's Big Ten squad
Sophomore running back earns third team All-America honors
Sophomore running back shares Big Ten Most Valuable Player honors with Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett
Sophomore running back earns second team All-America honors
Barkley named Offensive Player of the Year; Franklin selected as Coach of the Year
Jan. 2, 2017
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Nov. 5, 2016
Check out the USA Today photo gallery from the football game between No. 24 Penn State and Purdue
Oct. 22, 2016
Ranks 15th on Penn State's career rushing list with 2,131 yards...Is just the eighth player in Penn State history with multiple 1,000-yard seasons...Is currently No. 17 on the single season rushing charts with 1,055...Sits No. 21 on the career rushing touchdowns chart (17)... 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 15th different Penn Stater with a 200-yard rushing game vs. Maryland (10/8) with 202 yards...After posting 207 yards on the ground at Purdue (10/29), he is the first Penn Stater with multiple 200-yard rushing games since Larry Johnson had four in 2002...His 202 rushing yards vs. the Terrapins rank No. 24 on Penn State's single game rushing charts...His 207 yards rushing at Purdue rank No. 21 on the single game charts and are the most since Larry Johnson's 279 yards vs. Michigan State in 2002...His 277 all-purpose yards (207 rushing, 70 receiving) are a Penn State sophomore record and rank No. 14 all-time...Ranks No. 13 with nine career 100-yard games (five in 2015, four in 2016), including two 200-yard efforts...Has 63 rushes of 10 or more yards in his career (34 in 2015, 29 in 2016)...Broke Penn State's freshman (true or redshirt) season record with 1,076 rushing yards, surpassing D.J. Dozier's mark of 1,002 set in 1983...Ended the 2015 season ranked 16th 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 season record for all-purpose yards with 1,237, surpassing the mark set by Dozier in 1983 (1,191).
➤ 2016 ➤ Sophomore Season
Awards: Selected one of 18 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award...Named to the Big Ten Preseason Honor Roll...Named to the Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award and 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 the 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).
Season: Started nine games...Six rushing touchdowns in the first three games of the season are 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...Became the first Nittany Lion since Zach Zwinak (12, 2013) to score 10-plus touchdowns in a season...His 13 overall touchdowns (11 rushing, 2 receiving) are tied for No. 8 on the single season charts...The 13 total touchdowns are the most since Tony Hunt scored 14 (11 rushing, 3 receiving) in 2006...His 11 rushing touchdowns are tied for No. 15 on Penn State's single season charts.
Rankings: Leads the Big Ten and is No. 15 in the NCAA in rushing yards per game (117.2 ypg)... Is No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 14 nationally in all-purpose yards (147.67 ypg)... Is No. 16 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten in rushing touchdowns (11)...Ranks No. 13 in the NCAA and No. 2 in the Big Ten in total touchdowns (13)...Is No. 3 in the Big Ten and No. 29 nationally in yards per carry (6.32 ypc)...Is No. 39 nationally and No. 5 in the conference in scoring (8.7 ppg).
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. 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 then-career-long 40 yard grab for a touchdown 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...Also caught one pass. Maryland (10/8): Logged his first career 200-yard 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). 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 Penn State sophomore-record 277 all-purpose yards (207 rushing, 70 receiving), which ranks No. 14 all-time at Penn State...The 207 yards rushing and 277 all-purpose yards were both career highs...His 207 rushing yards marked his second 200-yard rushing effort of the year, marking 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. 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.
➤ 2015 ➤ True Freshman Season
Career: Broke Penn State's freshman (true or redshirt) season record with 1,076 rushing yards, surpassing D.J. Dozier's mark of 1,002 set in 1983...Ended the season ranked No. 16 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 list (Dozier, 5)...Ranks 40th on Penn State's career rushing list with 1,076 yards.
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 ESPN.com True Freshman All-America honors...Selected BTN.com Big Ten Freshman of the Year and earned BTN.com 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 ESPN.com 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...Ranked 34th in the FBS and No. 4 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 is skewed by having just one carry in the season opener vs. Temple and missing three quarters in the San Diego State game...Ranked No. 2 in the nation among true freshmen running backs with 1,076 yards...Ranked 64th nationally and No. 5 in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (112.45)...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 career-long runs of 56 yards at Ohio State and vs. Michigan...Logged runs of 54 and 40 yards against Rutgers...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 No. 2 in the conference in rushes of 30 or more yards (6)...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 with a 100-yard rushing quarter since Larry Johnson in 2002 against Indiana and Michigan State. 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 the 2005 at Northwestern...Named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week. Rutgers (9/19): Ran for a team- and career-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...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...Is 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 No. 2 on the Penn State true freshman list with McCoo and Curtis Enis...His 194 rushing yards rank No. 3 on the true freshman rushing list, behind his 195 yards vs. Rutgers and McCoo's 206 yards vs. Michigan State in 1998...Is just the second player to rush for more than 175 yards at Ohio Stadium since 2000 (Tevin Coleman in 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...Also 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 his career 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. 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...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.com, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Ranked as the ninth-best running back in the nation and the top prospect in Pennsylvania by 247Sports.com...Rated by Scout.com among the top five prospects in the state...Participated in The Opening, held on Nike's campus in summer 2014...Played in Offense-Defense Bowl...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...Hobbies include working out, hanging out with friends and reading...Plans on majoring in business...Born February 7, 1997 in Bronx, N.Y.