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Saquon Barkley, Brandon Smith Named Big Ten Players Of The Week

A pair of Nittany Lions captured conference honors Monday following their huge performances against Maryland. Saquon Barkley and Brandon Smith were named Big Ten Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively.

Barkley was phenomenal Saturday, setting a new career-high with 202 rushing yards on 31 carries, including a 45-yard touchdown just before the half and another jaw-dropping hurdle. Smith also had himself a career day with a game-high 14 tackles and his first interception, which spurred an impressive 31-7 run by the Nittany Lions on Homecoming. The redshirt junior linebacker is part of a big contingency that has stepped up on Penn State’s defense in the first half of the season.

Barkley checks in with 582 rushing yards (742 all-purpose) and leads the Big Ten with nine touchdowns, while Smith currently sits in third place on the defense with 31 tackles through the first six games. Junior safety Marcus Allen captured Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week two Saturdays ago for his 22 tackles against Minnesota.

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