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Penn State Football: Barkley And Gesicki Take Home Sporting News Honors

by on December 12, 2017 2:00 PM

Saquon Barkley isn't the only one taking home some All-American honors as he and and senior tight end Mike Gesicki each earned All-America recognition from Sporting News on Tuesday.

Barkley was selected as the first-team athlete, while Gesicki was the second-team selection at tight end.

Barkley has already collected several honors this season, winning the Paul Hornung Award for college football’s most versatile player and dominating the Big Ten major awards, winning 2017 Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, 2017 Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year and 2017 Rodgers-Dwight Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year – as well as winning the Chicago Tribune Silver Football for the second-straight year for the conference’s best player.

The Coplay, Pennsylvania native also finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting and became the 100th first-team All-American in Penn State history. He has garnered first-team All-America honors from Walter Camp (running back), Associated Press (all-purpose), Football Writers Association of America (all-purpose) and Sporting News (running back). He was also a finalist for three other national awards – Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.

Gesicki is the first Penn State tight end to earn All-America first or second team honors since Kyle Brady was a first-team selection in 1994. In addition to his Sporting News All-America nod, Gesicki was also named second-team All-America by SB Nation and third-team All-America by College Sports Madness.



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