PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Big Ten Snubs Saquon Barkley For Freshman Of The Year Honor

Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers is one of the top young players in the country, regardless of position. He’s a generational talent reminiscent of the great Charles Woodson, even flashing the ability to play both ways — a trait that helped Woodson earn himself the Heisman Trophy in 1997.

Despite boasting a unique skill set with eye-popping statistics to boot, it just feels odd to name Peppers the Big Ten Freshman of the Year when the more deserving candidate just enjoyed a record setting season in Happy Valley.

In the eyes of the NCAA, Peppers is a freshman. In reality, he’s a 20-year old redshirt freshman who retained his freshman status thanks to the medical redshirt he was granted after getting injured early on in Michigan’s 2014 campaign. Again, it’s not to say Peppers isn’t deserving, but if you’re going to honor the best freshman in the Big Ten, it makes sense to award the player who just came off his first season of college football — not the player who played in three games and started one a year ago.

Saquon Barkley finished his debut season with 1,007 rushing yards, seven rushing touchdowns, and 6.1 yards per carry (a figure that tied him with Alabama’s Derrick Henry and Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine). What makes Barkley’s season even more impressive is that he gained 1,006 of those yards in nine total games after gaining just a single yard in the season opener against Temple, while also missing two games altogether after battling a lower leg injury.

The two young men were as professional as can be about the announcement, sharing love via Twitter. Despite his stellar college debut, one can’t help but feel for the kid, knowing that all those jaw-dropping performances should’ve resulted in Big Ten accolades. Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop didn’t hide his opinions, and he let his followers know who the real Big Ten Freshman of the Year is.

Again, Jabrill Peppers is a transcendent player, but when the term “freshman” comes to mind, you certainly don’t associate it with a player who’s already faced stiff Division I competition. Nothing should take away from what Barkley was able to accomplish this season, and if he can build off of his astounding freshman campaign, Barkley has Heisman written all over him.

About the Author

David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]


More by David

So Long, And Goodnight: David Abruzzese’s Senior Column

It’s been a hell of a ride, folks. Senior staffer David Abruzzese rides off into the sunset with his senior column.

Saquon Barkley Mum On NFL Future; Relishes Fiesta Bowl Opportunity

DOTD: Nittany Lion Catches Pass At Fiesta Bowl


Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Former Penn State women’s gymnastics head coach Jeff Thompson has filed a lawsuit against the university following the termination of his contract in February 2017. Thompson, alongside his wife and associate head coach Rachelle Thompson, was accused by former gymnasts and an assistant coach of creating a hostile team environment. The Thompsons allegedly pressured athletes to compete […]

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Penn State Women’s Soccer Adds Swiss Forward Kim Dubs

Student Life

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

The lab uses a combination of human genomics, computational biology, and functional studies, using Drosophila and human cell lines, to understand the risks caused by genetic mutations and to grasp how gene disruption leads to altered neurodevelopment.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Pennharmonics To Hold 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love you to join us.

Mayor Don Hahn Asks Borough Council To Consider Changes To Proposed Overnight Parking Restrictions

State College Mayor Don Hahn posted on his blog Sunday republishing a letter he sent to Borough Council on August 1 outlining three revisions he’d like them to consider for the proposed overnight parking restrictions.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Madden NFL 19 Ratings For Nittany Lions

For the second consecutive year, Sean Lee is the highest-rated Nittany Lion in the Madden video game.

Send this to a friend