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Penn State Football: Don't Count Out McSorley Weighing Options, Barkley Playing In Bowl

by on November 11, 2017 4:55 PM

The assumption, for the better part of forever, has been that Penn State would be losing the services of Saquon Barkley to the NFL following the season. In turn it's not incredibly unreasonable to think Barkley might opt to skip the Nittany Lions' bowl game.

It's a glorified scrimmage, and four quarters that could prove to be the difference in millions for players entering the NFL Draft.

Asked about his future following Penn State's win over Rutgers, Barkley --predictably-- was noncommittal. 

"Um, that's not really on my mind," Barkley said. "When that time comes at the end of the year, that's something I will sit down and talk to my family about, but I'm not really focused on that at all. We've still got three games here, when you start looking beyond what's actually in front of you, you start messing up and stuff and start not being who you are and staying true to yourself so you control what you can control."

And as far as the bowl game? Barkley has always been a team-first player, and in spite of the risks has never really avoided risky opportunities like returning kicks, so while conventional wisdom might suggest he skip the game, that doesn't mean he will.

"That's not even something I'm even going to talk about to be honest," Barkley said. "You can only control what you can control. I'm not even worried about that or focused on that. I'm aware of what decisions guys made in the past, but we're in different situations, on different teams and we're different players. You can only control what you an control, and that's going back to work, watching film, learning from it and moving on."

Also in the boat of Nittany Lions with decisions on their hands, quarterback Trace McSorley. Generally the assumption has been McSorley would return for his senior season, his skill set perhaps more well suited for college than the NFL. Even so, that doesn't mean McSorley won't weigh his options after two long and successful seasons starting at Penn State.

"For me, that's something, that's a bridge I'll have to cross at the end of the season, so I haven't thought too much about it honestly," McSorley said. "I'll cross that bridge with the coaches I guess whenever we get to that spot."

Neither response is terribly surprising, but both are noteworthy as Penn State enters the final stage of 2017 and looks towards preparing for whatever 2018 might hold. But if they do go, next Saturday will mark their final game in Beaver Stadium.

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