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Penn State Football: Barkley And Smith Pick Up Conference Honors

by on October 10, 2016 11:10 AM

For one Nittany Lion it was one more honor to add to a long list, for another it was his first ever as Penn State sophomore running back Saquon Barkley junior linebacker Brandon Smith were selected as the Big Ten Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively.

This is the second-straight week a Nittany Lion has won defensive accolades with junior safety Marcus Allen was named for his performance against Minnesota.

Barkley accounted for 202 of the 372 rushing yards against the Terps. The effort was his first 200-yard rushing game and seventh career 100-yard effort. Barkley became the 15th different Nittany Lion to eclipse the 200-yard mark.

Smith, a walk-on turned starting middle linebacker, had a game- and career-high 14 tackles versus the Terps. He surpasses his previous high of eight against Temple from two games ago. Smith also came up with his first career interception, picking off Maryland QB Perry Hills at the Penn State 45 with 2:06 to play in the first quarter.

With the Penn State linebacking unit decimated by injury with the three opening day linebackers and two others out for Saturday's game due to injury, Penn State allowed just 100 passing yards against the Terps, which were the fewest in a Big Ten game since giving up 68 yards at Indiana in 2014.


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