Saquon Barkley Earns Second Consecutive Big Ten Freshman Of The Week Honor

Saquon Barkley is the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week for the second Monday in a row after a dominant 195 yard, two touchdown performance Saturday against Rutgers.

To put Barkley’s start into perspective, his 310 yards in two straight games are the most since true freshman D.J. Dozier tallied 369 in 1983. He’s also only the third Penn State freshman to have two or more 100-yard rushing games, according to Kris Petersen.

On Saturday, Barkley started the scoring in the second quarter on a 15-yard touchdown scamper that saw him slice through the defense. When he took the handoff from inside the red zone, the play looked like it was going outside. But Barkley quickly juked back to the inside, fooling a defender and waltzing in for the score. Later, in the fourth quarter, Barkley bust a 54-yarder down the sideline after bumping off a defender. A play later, he finished the drive with a 16-yard bursting score.

The week prior, the first game in which Barkley — a former Rutgers commit — saw more than one snap, the true freshman ran 12 times for 115 yards and a score.

Here’s his 54-yard sprint that set up his second score. It’s a nice combination of speed, power, and agility, and a hopeful sign of things to come.

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Ben Berkman

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