On the heels of a captivating and outstanding debut season in Happy Valley, running back Saquon Barkley has been named to ESPN's True Freshman All-America Team, as well as the Sporting News Freshman All-America Team.
Neither honor comes as a huge surprise, as Barkley quickly became not only a Penn State and Big Ten star, but a national one as well, thanks to his mind-bending ability to create something out of nothing and his ability to do, well, stuff like this.
Here's what ESPN had to say about their selection of Barkley to the team:
Even in a short season, Barkley set the Penn State freshman rushing record with 1,007 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. He had only one carry in the opener and missed two more games because of injury. Those in and around the Penn State program insist he has only scratched the surface of how good he can be.
To say Barkley was a revelation would be an understatement, as his play was what directly led to Penn State victories in many games, and kept them within striking distance in losses. His insane production should only continue to grow with a more dynamic offensive game-plan and an offensive line bound to improve.
Barkley was the only player from the Big Ten to appear on either one of the true freshman All-America teams.