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Saquon Barkley Named Among Maxwell Award Semifinalists

Saquon Barkley just keeps racking up the honors.

After being named CBS Sports College Football National Player of the Week on Sunday and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday, Barkley was announced as one of the Maxwell Award semifinalists for the 2016 season.

The Maxwell Club hands out the Maxwell Award annually to the best player in college football. This is the 80th edition of the award.

Barkley is one of just 18 semifinalists from the FBS for the 2016 season. The running back joins Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers and Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett as Big Ten players named to the semifinalist list. He is also just one of four sophomores named among the semifinalists.

Barkley has had an incredible season up to this point. In Joe Moorhead’s new offense, Barkley leads the Big Ten with 888 yards rushing and 11 total touchdowns through eight games.

Barkley is the first Penn State player to be named to the Maxwell Award semifinalist list since quarterback Darryl Clark was named in 2008.

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Steve Connelly

Unfortunately, former editor Steve Connelly has graduated. Where is he now? He might be doing something related to that PR degree he got in 2019. Maybe he finally opened that sports bar named after one of his photos, the Blurry Zamboni. Or he might just be eating chicken tenders and couch surfing. Anything’s possible. If you really want to know, follow him on Twitter @slc2o.

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