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Saquon Barkley Named Lombardi Award Semifinalist

Saquon Barkley is a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award, adding to the long list of accolades the star running back accrued during his final season as a Nittany Lion.

The Lombardi Award is given “based on performance, leadership, character, and resiliency” each year. Only two other Penn State players have won the award: Bruce Clark in 1978 and Carl Nassib in 2015.

Barkley is one of 21 nominees for the award. Other semifinalists include Washington’s Vita Vea, Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman winner Baker Mayfield, and Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.

Barkley rushed for 1,271 yards and 18 touchdowns during the 2017 season. He won several post-season awards for his standout 2017 season, including the Paul Hornung Award. Barkley was also unanimously selected as a consensus All-American and was named the Big Ten Offensive Player Of The Year for the second straight season.

The finalists for the award will be invited to the Lombardi Award presentation on Saturday, January 27 at Lone Star College in Houston. The ceremony will be broadcast nationally on ESPN3.

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In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]

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