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Penn State Football: Barkley Named Paul Hornung Award Winner

by on December 06, 2017 12:11 PM

Another day another award for Saquon Barkley. 

The junior running back has been selected as the Paul Hornung Award winner for the most versatile player in college football. He is the first Penn State player to win the honor and the second-straight Big Ten athlete (following Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers). Barkley will be recognized at the annual Paul Hornung Award Banquet in Louisville, Kentucky on March 7, 2018.

“It is an honor to win an award like the Paul Hornung Award for the most versatile player in college football,” Barkley said in a release. “I am so appreciative of Mr. Hornung and the Louisville Sports Commission for selecting me for this very special honor. I have to give a lot of the credit to my teammates and coaches, they are the reason that I am in position to win this award and I could not have done it without them. I also want to thank our amazing fans at Penn State. We Are!”

“I am thrilled for Saquon to join this elite list of Paul Hornung Award winners,” head coach James Franklin added. “I couldn’t be more proud of Saquon and everything he has accomplished at Penn State. In my 22 years of coaching, I have never coached or seen a player who can affect the game the way Saquon Barkley does. The Hornung Award is not only honoring the most versatile player in college football, but is also recognizing one of the best people in college football.”

Barkley has already collected several honors this season. He dominated 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. He is also a finalist for three other national awards – Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. The winner of those will be announced Thursday.

Barkley was not among the three players named to the Heisman Trophy finalists ceremony in New York this weekend.

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