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Saquon Barkley Still The Star Of The Show, Even In Pumpkin Form

Saquon Barkley is making appearances everywhere these days — end zones across the Big Ten, every news outlet from coast to coast, my dreams, and, apparently, pumpkin patches.

Penn State junior Ryan Haines wanted to recreate something other than your normal face on a jack-o-lantern, and, well, it’s football season, folks. The Nittany Lions are ranked as high as they’ve been in 18 years and Saquon Barkley is the leading candidate for the Heisman. Put two and two together and you have the perfect carving idea.

(Photo: Sean Haffey)

Haines used the above photo for inspiration on the pumpkin, which he entered in the Arboretum’s annual Pumpkin Festival Jack-o’-Lantern contest.

“This is actually the first pumpkin I’ve ever carved myself,” Haines said. “I thought it turned out pretty well, but I wasn’t expecting to actually win anything. It was a huge surprise to see the blue ribbon next to my pumpkin.”

After about four hours of work, here’s how the pumpkin turned out:

The pumpkin won the ribbon for “Best Penn State Theme” (How could it not?), but if it was awarded anything more, we wouldn’t be surprised if NCAA compliance showed up in Happy Valley.

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Steve Connelly

Steve Connelly is a senior majoring in PR and an editor for Onward State. He is a proud native of the state of New Jersey, and yes, he is literal trash. He is a soccer fan, nap enthusiast, and chicken tender connoisseur. He tries to be a photographer sometimes despite one of his photos inspiring the name of his future sports bar, the Blurry Zamboni. You can follow him on Twitter @slc2o (feel free to slide), email him at [email protected], or come say hi to him in his office, the Irving's basement.


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