Saquon Barkley Is Your Reason To Come To The Nebraska Game

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Are you looking for some motivation to stay for the Stripe Out against Nebraska this weekend? How about this: Saquon Barkley may be suiting up in the blue and white for the last time on Saturday.

Saquon Barkley has blessed Penn State fans for three seasons now. Not only did he put up more than 1,000 rushing yards his freshman year and nearly 1,500 rushing yards last year, he made every one of those yards exciting to watch. This season, he’s even added electrifying kick returns and great production as a receiver (and sometimes even a passer) into his game. Whether he was hurdling some poor Buffalo defender or astonishing the country with his run against USC in the Rose Bowl, Barkley’s Penn State career has gone by almost as fast as he has.

We have a lot to thank him for. Barkley joined a program that was still struggling to break into the elite group of the Big Ten East and has been the best player on the team that signaled to the world that Penn State football is back. In the process, Barkley’s play drew the attention of national media members and made helped make Penn State the place to be for high school recruits.

Although Barkley hasn’t made any comment on foregoing his final season of eligibility, all signs point to the NFL.

The one-time Heisman favorite seems to have a pretty clear path to a top-five pick when the NFL Draft comes around in April. The star running back is Mel Kiper’s top college football player and Barkley has certainly shown that he is the complete package.

NFL running backs also have the shortest average career length of any position. The average career length of a professional football player comes in at around 3.3 years, while that of a running back is just 2.57 years. Facing more physical wear and tear in college just doesn’t make much sense.

If nothing else can keep you in Happy Valley for a few extra days, how about watching one of the most electrifying players in Penn State history do his thing?

Maybe he’ll hurdle someone:

Maybe he’ll throw another touchdown:

Maybe he’ll just make the defense look like Swiss cheese:

Whatever he does, watching one of the best to ever put on a Penn State uniform for what is likely the last time in Beaver Stadium will be worth it.

Photo By: Alex Bauer
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