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Penn State Football: Barkley Impressed By Miles Sanders

by on July 22, 2016 2:00 PM

It's safe to assume that Saquon Barkley isn't overly worried about losing his starting job to anyone, let alone a freshman. But it's also safe to assume that Barkley isn't taking any chances. Behind him are Andre Robinson and Mark Allen and just recently joining those three on campus, the top running back prospect in the nation, Miles Sanders.

So even if he hates to admit it, Barkley is impressed, and excited about what that means for Penn State this season.

"I was saying that yesterday," Barkley said of Sanders. "The kid is good, I'm gonna be honest, the kid is good. He's really good, but we also have three other backs that are really good too. I think we could be one of the best backfields in the country. With him coming and being highly ranked we set him straight but he came in with that mindset already that it doesn't mean anything, when you get on campus it doesn't mean anything. Mark Allen said it perfectly that as a high school player you've gotta prove that you are what they say you are. But what you see, he's good, he's explosive and he's cool, we get along really well and he gets along with the running back group really well."

More importantly, Barkley knows that having plenty of talent in the running back room means plenty of competition on the field. And at the end of the day that's the kind of thing that will make he and his teammates even better heading into 2016-17.

"It's a chip on your shoulder too, because it's competitive," Barkley added. "You all want to win games and you all have got that same mindset, but you don't want him to come in and take your spot. So it motivates you that alright I've got to show him that I've already gone over one leap now I've got to go over another. And he's got that mindset that 'I was ranked high but I don't care about that, I'm coming in and I'm trying to take positions and I want to play." And that's the beauty of football and the beauty of sports and all around that's going to make us better. Camp is going to be really interesting, we have a lot of elite players in that room."

How it pans out remains to be seen, but with training camp only weeks away and the season just around the corner, the waiting and speculating will soon be over.

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