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Saquon Barkley Named Doak Walker Award Semifinalist

Saquon Barkley found himself in elite company Wednesday. The sophomore is one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, which annually recognizes the nation’s top running back.

Barkley is currently 15th in the nation (tops in the Big Ten) in rushing yards with 1,113 through 10 games, while the Coplay, Pa., native has found the end zone 15 times (two receiving). It’s only a matter of time until he breaks Evan Royster’s sophomore rushing record of 1,236 yards. As Penn State keeps climbing the College Football Playoff Rankings to No. 8, so too does Barkley’s Heisman campaign.

Barkley is joined by a list of heavy hitters in Dalvin Cook (Florida State), Leonard Fournette (LSU), Christian McCaffrey (Stanford), Donnell Pumphrey (San Diego State), D’Onto Foreman (Texas), Kamryn Pettway (Auburn), Jeremy McNichols (Boise State), Brian Hill (Wyoming), and Aaron Jones (UTEP). The group is dominated by juniors, as Barkley and Pettway are the only sophomores and Pumphrey the lone senior.

Larry Johnson was the first Nittany Lion to claim the Doak Walker since its inception in 1990, doing so following his historic 2002 senior season. Alabama great and Heisman winner Derrick Henry took home last year’s honors. This season’s three finalists will be announced on Nov. 22.

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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]

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