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Penn State Football: Meyer Not Short On Praise For Barkley

by on October 23, 2017 3:25 PM

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer knows whatever everyone with two eyes and a pulse knows.

That Saquon Barkley is really, exceptionally good at football.

"He's the best all-purpose guy we've probably faced in probably, maybe my career," Meyer said during his Monday media conference. "He's obviously a great running back. But they do a good job using him and creating matchup issues. I think back when I had Percy Harvin, we did some of that. He wasn't quite -- his body couldn't take the pounding that a running back takes."

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Barkley is no stranger to Ohio State either. The now junior ran for 194 yards against the Buckeyes in 2015 during his last trip to Columbus on 26 carries. While the Nittany Lions lost that night, it was something of a coming out part for Barkley, who cut and jumped and sprinted around a vaunted Ohio State defense.

In 2016, the upset bid by the Nittany Lions wasn't short on Barkley either, although his 12 carry, 99-yard night was a bit more subdued. However unlike 2015, this time Barkley caught the ball three times for 70 yards, a regular addition to his arsenal now in 2017.

"But his threat -- no disrespect for the great running backs. You have different ways of bottling up great running backs," Meyer added. "It's hard, especially this guy, really hard. But the fact that they motion him out and create matchup nightmares, that's what makes this guy -- he's -- I'd be careful to say this, but he's as good an all-purpose running back we've seen. And that's 30 years."

Considering all the player Meyer has been around over the years that's high praise, and considering the stakes involved this weekend, everyone will be watching No.26 each and every play.

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