Generally, Penn State running back Miles Sanders takes it all in stride. He has for years now. He gets it just like everyone else, Saquon Barkley has been and continues to be a very good player.
Yes, Saquon is great.
Yes, Sanders has had to wait his turn.
Yes, it will be hard to replace one of the most dynamic and explosive players you will ever see.
But even for the otherwise patience and relatively soft-spoken Sanders, he is getting just a little bit tired of talking about No.26 that turned No.2 overall in the NFL Draft. That player is gone and now Penn State fans will have to watch No.24 do his thing.
"Hopefully after the first game y'all won't have to ask me about Saquon. That's my goal." Sanders said earlier this summer with a smile.
He's joking, but really he isn't. For as good as Sanders was in high school, a former No.1 overall running back prospect, his college career has been a monsoon of questions about someone else. And maybe that's just fine for a player waiting for his turn, knowing all too well that Barkley would go pro after his junior year.
That doesn't mean he wants to spend the rest of his career talking about someone else though.
The good news for Sanders, the season isn't all that far away, and in truth of the issues the Nittany Lions might have this season, it's unlikely that Sanders will be near the top of that list. It stands to reason he won't look like Barkley 2.0 but in reality Penn State doesn't need that, it needs four or five yards a carry, and plenty of running backs can do that.
"It's my first time playing getting reps like Saquon," Sanders said, dreaming of finally getting a rhythm with the ball instead of sporadic carries. "So you all will get to see how I can really play so I can get comfortable for the season and as soon I get comfortable things will start going my way."
And his goals for the year: "Same as Saquon or better."
To do that, Sanders will need 1272 yards on the ground or roughly one per question he has had to answer about Barkley so far this offseason.