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Penn State Football: Saquon Barkley Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year

by on November 30, 2016 8:45 PM

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley on Wednesday was named the Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and the Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year.

Barkley was an All-Big Ten first team pick by the coaches and media, which selected him unanimously. The sophomore ended the regular season with 1,219 rushing yards, 327 receiving yards, and 17 touchdowns

Sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley was named All-Big Ten second team by the coaches and the media. Junior tight end Mike Gesicki was a second team selection by the media and honorable mention pick by the coaches.

Junior wide receiver Chris Godwin was an All-Big Ten third team selection for the media and honorable mention for the coaches, and senior center Gaia received honorable mention from the coaches and media.

On Tuesday night, Nittany Lion coach James Franklin was tabbed the Big Ten Coach of the Year by the media.

Penn State kicker Tyler Davis was selected to the All-Big Ten first team by the coaches and second team by the media. Defensive end Garrett Sickels garnered second-team All-Big Ten accolades from the coaches and third-team honors from the media.

Defensive end Evan Schwan was selected to the All-Big Ten third team by both the coaches and media, while linebacker Jason Cabinda and Marcus Allen each claimed third team honors from the coaches and were named to the media’s honorable mention team.

Also on the Big Ten honorable mention squad were senior linebacker Brandon Bell, true freshman punter Blake Gillikin junior defensive tackle Parker Cothren and sophomore cornerback John Reid.


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