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Penn State Athletics: Barkley And Washington Named Athletes Of The Year

by on June 25, 2018 1:57 PM

Penn State announced its male and female athletes of the year on Monday as football’s Saquon Barkley and women's volleyball’s Haleigh Washington took home the honors

Barkley, a junior, and Washington, a senior, will be on the ballot for Big Ten Male and Female Athletes of the Year with honorees from the other 13 conference institutions.

Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, was a unanimous NCAA Consensus All-America, earning first-team selections from AFCA (running back), Sporting News (athlete), Associated Press (all-purpose), Football Writers Association of America (all-purpose) and Walter Camp (running back).

This honor is the latest for Washington, who most recently was named as Penn State's recipients for the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor for 2017-18 and a 2017-18 recipient of the Ernest B. McCoy Award. In addition, Washington was the 2017 Senior CLASS Award® winner for NCAA® Division I women's volleyball and a nominee for the Class of 2018 Honda Sport Award for Volleyball.

Washington helped Penn State to a 33-2 record and an NCAA Championship semifinal appearance in her senior campaign. Over her four-year career, she helped the Nittany Lions to a 121-21 record and the 2014 NCAA Championship.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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