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Barkley Named Rose Bowl Big Ten Player Of The Week

Awards are rolling in on a weekly basis this season for sophomore running back Saquon Barkley. He was named the Rose Bowl Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday after his impressive multipurpose showing in Saturday’s 41-14 win over Iowa.

Against the Hawkeyes, Barkley ran for 167 yards and one touchdown. He also scored a 47-yard receiving touchdown on his only catch of the day. As Penn State is bounced around in talks for the Big Ten’s Rose Bowl bid, it’s only right that Barkley is the third Nittany Lion to receive the award during the team’s current five-game winning streaking, following in the footsteps of teammates Marcus Allen and Grant Haley.

Over the last month, Barkley has literally jumped into the Heisman conversation and is arguably one of the top running backs in the nation, with three 200+ all-purpose yard games and six total touchdowns. He currently sits at 1,055 yards on the season and should top his freshman year total of 1,076 next Saturday against Indiana.

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Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci was once Onward State’s managing editor and preferred walk-on honors student who majored in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. If you want to hear the story or are bored and want to share prequel memes, follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter or email him at [email protected] All other requests and complaints should be directed to Onward State media contact emeritus Steve Connelly.

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