Saquon Barkley wins Hornung Award

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2017

"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 statement.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, the Penn State Nittany Lions running back said he would wait until after his team's showdown against the Washington Huskies in the Fiesta Bowl on December 30 to announce whether he will bolt for the pros.

It was announced Wednesday morning by the Louisville Sports Commission.

Barkley ranks second in the Football Bowl Subdivision in all-purpose yards with 179.5 per game and is tied for fifth in the FBS with 21 touchdowns, 16 rushing, three receiving and two on kickoff returns. 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. In addition, he has caught 47 passes for 594 yards and three scores and has served as a deadly kick returner, racking up 426 kickoff return yards while reaching the end zone twice.

Barkley may want to wait until after Penn State's bowl game to make an announcement. The Nittany Lions won their first seven games before Barkley was held in-check in a 39-38 loss to Ohio State. As Franklin mentioned, there are some notable names who have taken home the award, such as Odell Beckham, Jr., Tavon Austin, Christian McCaffrey and, most recently, Jabrill Peppers.

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Saquon Barkley is playing for Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl against Washington on December 30, and he won't be announcing any decision on his future until after that.

The finalists included: Nyheim Hines a running back from NC State, Iowa State quarterback Joel Lanning, and Washington wide receiver Dante Pettis.

Barkley has received several honors in the last two weeks.

Barkley has even thrown a touchdown pass this season and has completed both of his pass attempts.

The official Paul Hornung Award website ran a fan poll that recorded over 112,000 votes.

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